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The ISTD is saddened at the news of the death of former Royal Ballet Principal Errol Pickford, at the age of 51

18 June 2018

The ISTD is saddened at the news of the death of former Royal Ballet Principal Errol Pickford, at the age of 51.

Originally from Perth, Australia, Errol trained as a gymnast before moving to the UK training with the Hammond School and at The Royal Ballet School. He joined The Royal Ballet in 1984, and was promoted to Soloist two years later, he became First Soloist in 1989 and Principal in 1991.

Leaving The Royal Ballet in 1997, Errol continued his celebrated career as a Principal with Western Australian Ballet.

Upon retiring he taught at various vocational schools including London Studio Centre, Arts Educational School Tring, Bird College and, since 2008, Elmhurst Ballet School where he was Senior Ballet Teacher and Head of Graduate Placement and International Links.

We wish to express our deepest condolences to Errol’s family and friends especially his wife Olivia and daughter Polly.

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