In July 1974 Lord Drogheda relinquished the chairmanship of the Royal Opera House which he had held for 17 years. The farewell gala held in his honour was produced by Frederick Ashton. Kenneth MacMillan’s contribution was a pas de deux to Stravinsky’s Symphony in Three Movements. John Percival of The Times wrote: “It used Donald MacLeary’s admirable strength and skill as a partner to display the lithe line of Natalia Makarova, slipping through his arms or between his legs, sometimes held diagonally across his chest with her angular arms characteristically outstretched.”

  • First performance: Covent Garden, 17 July 1974

  • Company: The Royal Ballet

  • Cast: Donald MacLeary, Natalia Makarova

  • Music: Igor Stravinsky, Symphony in Three Movements