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Cathy Marston

Michael Berkeley's guest is Cathy Marston, director of the Bern Ballet. Her musical choices include Shostakovich, Brahms, Prokofiev, Schumann, Nina Simone and Gus MacGregor.

Michael Berkeley's guest this week is Cathy Marston, Director of the Bern Ballet. She trained at the Royal Ballet School and began her career as a dancer before becoming a choreographer in the mid 1990s. She has worked with many international ensembles in the classical and contemporary dance fields, and in 2002 became the first Associate Artist of the Royal Opera House, where she created several ballets for the Linbury Theatre, and worked as movement director for opera productions. She then formed her own company, the Cathy Marston project, which toured the UK in 2006 with a triple bill of her own work. In 2007 she became the Director of the Bern Ballet in Switzerland, where she has created several new pieces, including 'Wuthering Heights', and 'Juliet and Romeo'. Many of her ballets are inspired by literature and biography, and she also creates shorter pieces that she calls 'dance poems'. The Bern Ballet is currently on tour and is appearing this week at the Linbury Theatre at the Royal Opera House.

Cathy Marston's own musical choices include extracts from piano concertos by Shostakovich and Brahms, part of a Concerto for Turntables and Orchestra by Gabriel Prokofiev, with whom she has collaborated (this work is being performed in its entirety at this year's Proms), a song from Schumann's Liederkreis cycle, Nina Simone singing 'Wild is the Wind', the Katia Labeque Band performing 'Unspoken' by Dave Maric (another composer with whom Cathy Marston often collaborates), and Gus MacGregor's 'Lifeline', which always cheers her up.

1 hour

Last on

Sun 22 May 2011 12:00

Music Played

  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Piano Concerto No 1, Op 35 (second movement)

    Performers: Dmitri Alexeev (piano), Philip Jones (trumpet), ECO/Jerzy Maksimiuk

    • CD-CFP 4547.
  • Gabriel Prokofiev

    Allegro Gavotte, 'Snow Time' (from Concerto for Turntables and Orchestra)

    Performers: DJ Yoda & The Heritage Orchestra/Jules Buckley

    • NONCLASS005.
  • Nina Simone

    Wild is the Wind

    Performers: Nina Simone

    • PHILIPS 822 846-2.
  • Ives

    The Unanswered Question

    Performers: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

    • DG 439 869-2.
  • Robert Schumann

    Auf Einer Burg (from Liederkreis, Op. 39)

    Performers: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone) & Gerald Moore (piano)

    • EMI 562755-2.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Piano Concerto No.1 in D minor, Op. 15 (excerpt from II, Adagio)

    Performers: Hélène Grimaud (piano), Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra/Kurt Sanderling

    • ERATO 3984-21633-2.
  • Dave Maric


    Performers: Katia Labèque Band

  • Gus MacGregor


    Performers: Gus MacGregor

    • CD BABY CDBY346357.


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