‘Sleeping Beauty’ Whisky Is Awoken To Help Scottish Ballet

Prince Charles, the patron of Scottish Ballet, is helping promote the
upcoming sale at auction of 470 bottles of Royal Lochnagar whisky, which is
made in Royal Deeside, on the edge of the Balmoral estate, all of which are
expected to be snapped up by whisky and ballet fans.

Senatus reports that all proceeds from the auction are to go to Scottish
Ballet’s endowment fund. The national dance company has described the sale
as ‘vital in ensuring the company’s long-term future’.

The cask was a gift to Scottish Ballet to mark its 25th anniversary from
its former vice-chair, Lord MacFarlane of Bearsden, who at the time was
also chair of United Distillers.

The cask end has been painted by Scottish artist Norman Edgar, and depicts
Princess Aurora from the Sleeping Beauty fairytale, based on the company’s
then principal dancer Nicci Theis. The first auction lot will include the
cask end painting while the first ten will also secure the buyer unique,
behind-the-scenes experiences with the ballet company.

The sale is billed as a chance to ‘own a piece of Scotland’s distilling
history and be a part of the future development of Scotland’s national
dance company’.

Christopher Hampson, Scottish Ballet’s artistic director, said: “‘Like all
arts organisations, Scottish Ballet has endured a challenging 18 months
unable to perform live.

“This income will be vital in ensuring the company’s long-term future and
capacity to inspire future audiences, on stage and beyond.”

Lord MacFarlane said it was ‘deeply gratifying’ that the cask he presented
to the national company is now being awoken, and he was delighted that
people will now be able to taste the ‘extremely special whisky’, but more
importantly, the proceeds of the sale will raise the Scottish Ballet
Endowment

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