Brandon Lawrence is a Principal Dancer at Birmingham Royal Ballet.
1) Pelléas et Mélisande - incidental music, Op.80: III. Sicilienne – Michel Plasson, Orchestre Du Capitole De Toulouse
This piece by Fauré is used in Balanchine’s ‘Jewels’ for ‘Emeralds’. I love it when the company pianist plays this in daily class. It's so dreamy, I can only imagine how glorious it is to dance to.
2) Symphony No. 3 in D, Op.29 'Polish' (1986 Digital Remaster): III. Andante elegiaco – Philharmonia Orchestra, Riccardo Muti
Another part in Balanchine’s ‘Jewels’ is this Tchaikovsky piece which forms the Diamonds pas de deux. I would love to dance this one day, but until then I’ll enjoy listening to it...
3) Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18: III. Allegro scherzando - Abbey Simon, Leonard Slatkin, St. Louis Symphony
A playlist isn’t complete without a piano concerto. Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor 3rd movement is bliss. As it progresses I can’t help but picture warm exotic skies with romance in the air, leading up to the most expansive climax.
4) Swan Lake – No.29 - Scene finale (Andante) - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Swan Lake is one of the first and favourite full lengths I danced. Like my second choice ‘Diamonds’, you can’t go wrong with Tchaikovsky. I’ve added this for my former dance partner Delia who has just recently retired. I have fond memories of our performances with Swan Lake being no exception.
5) Romeo and Juliet, Suite No.3: The Death of Juliet – Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Paavo Järvi
The emotion Prokofiev wrote in Romeo and Juliet is truly a masterpiece! Along with MacMillan’s timeless choreography, this ballet holds a special place in my memory shared with fellow Principal Céline Gittens.
6) 'Still Life' at the Penguin Café - Ballet: 5. White Mischief - Barry Wordsworth, BBC Concert Orchestra, Henry Roche
‘Still Lfe' at the Penguin Café is one of my personal favourites of Sir David Bintley’s ballets. I’ve had the pleasure of dancing this role (Southern Cape Zebra) and, other than the coolest costume, David’s work here is genius and I’m honoured to have experienced it.
7) September - Earth, Wind & Fire
Three words Earth, Wind & Fire. I challenge you to listen and not crack a smile or tap a beat. A go-to dance floor classic which I’ll never tire of! Enjoy.
8) Return of the Mack - Mark Morrison
I have memories of a warm day in the car with both my sister and my dad, the windows down and this tune blaring out. Bliss... ‘Rewind and Come again.’
9) Fantasy – Mariah Carey
‘Fantasy’ isn’t my all-time favourite Mariah song as there’s too many, however I feel this best represents the icon and trailblazer she is. #lambforlife
10) Hold my Hand – Jess Glynne
I know this bop once upon a time was overplayed, but I love it. Happy times with lifelong friends Laura Day and Ruth Brill. Big love ladies.