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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
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
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
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
We will all miss her joie-de vivre.