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Brian Wilson to make ballet debut
Brian Wilson
Wilson was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2006
Former Beach Boy Brian Wilson is to perform with the English National Ballet at a royal gala in London.

The company has created a new dance piece to accompany his classic song God Only Knows, from the legendary Pet Sounds album.

Dancers will perform as Wilson and his band sing at the performance at the InterContinental London hotel in Park Lane, attended by the Duke of York.

"Brian is very excited and honoured," said his spokesman.

"He is also very much looking forward to seeing English National Ballet perform to his favourite composition."

Dancers from the English National Ballet pose with surfboards to promote the collaboration
Dancers from the ENB posed with surfboards to promote the collaboration
The gala is being held to celebrate the ENB's new production of The Snow Queen and will raise vital funds for the company.

Wilson has had a career resurgence in recent years, after descending into severe mental illness in the late 1960s.

In 2004, he released his version of the long-lost Beach Boys record Smile - which was originally abandoned after Wilson suffered a breakdown brought on by drug use.

Since then, he has toured regularly with backing band The Wondermints, appearing at the Glastonbury and Roskilde festivals amongst others.

The 65-year-old musician recently unveiled his latest composition, That Lucky Old Sun, during a six-night residency at London's Royal Festival Hall.

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