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Tuesday, 28 July 2020
Nic Treharne, who sadly passed away on March 29t,h 2020, was Musical Director and a Trustee for the Legat Foundation from 1996.
Nic played the piano for the Moya Vahey School of Russian Classical Ballet for about 45 years, she was a very talented person, she knew exactly the correct rhythm for each enchainment, I would only have to say “AND” and the music came, she might be reading The Dancing Times or doing the Sudoku but the music was always as I needed it, she excelled with unusual rhythms.
She conducted her own band and they played for my school performances.
Nic composed the music for many little dances but in 2011 she composed Victoria Street, a charming ballet, then in 2013 we produced The Nutcracker, Nic arranged Tchaikovsky’s music and conducted The Rhondda Sinfonietta Players, and in 2016 we performed Sleeping Beauty, both performances were very successful.
Then her sight and hearing began to fail and she retired.
The pupils all loved Mrs Treharne and she loved watching their progress.
We all miss her dreadfully, she was a very good friend, we travelled together for many years when I taught in Summer Schools.
A drawing of a dancer in St.Petersburg, and Charlotte with Moya in the Legat exhibition in Carmarthen.
Charlotte Leadbeater sadly passed away on July 18th 2020.
Charlotte became a Trustee for The Legat Foundation in 2009.
Like everything Charlotte did she threw herself into working as hard as she could.
Working for Legat she hosted The Legat Foundation exhibition,” East meets West” first in St. David’s Hall, in Cardiff, then she moved it to The Grand Theatre, Swansea, then to the Museum in Carmarthen.
Charlotte was a very talented artist and had an amazing ability to draw and paint pictures of ballet dancers actually moving.
She would sit watching a performance and never take her eyes off the stage and produce the most recognizable image of the dancer dancing.
She became artist in residence for the company of Russian dancers, for which she was also Director, called Swansea’s Ballet Russe, which toured the UK and abroad, Charlotte was always there, painting the backdrop, sweeping the stage or pinning a costume, she loved every minute of it.
Charlotte’s sister Jane, went to The Legat School of Russian Ballet, where Charlotte often went to draw dancers at work.
Later Jane joined Harlequin Ballet, a small London based company of Legat trained dancers, Charlotte often drew them so her eye was well trained in the Legat Russian style of movement.
She supported all the Russian Ballet Schools which had grown from the ashes of Swansea’s Ballet Russe.
She never missed a performance given by these schools especially my school where she presented the prizes and donated a cup for artistry.
We will all miss her joie-de vivre.