Expect the Unexpected
The Gala is an incomparable opportunity to bring together friends and supporters of the LPO - longstanding and new - to celebrate the Orchestra's achievements of the last year and to look forward to a brighter future. After more than a year of online events, we were delighted to be able to come together in person in the stunning surroundings of Whitehall's Banqueting House on Wednesday 14 July for the LPO Expect the Unexpected Gala 2021.
The theme ran throughout the event, with bright and colourful décor, anagram table names and a performance full of surprises! The programme included a performance of a work by Composer-in-Residence, Brett Dean, with the composer performing in the viola section of the Orchestra. Baritone Roderick Williams performed one of his own compositions, there was a moving rendition of Strauss by sporano Jennifer France, as well as a wonderful range of music from Purcell to Rossini. The evening's performance ended with Leopold Mozart's Kindersymphonie, with four Gala guests making their LPO debuts, joining the Orchestra on stage for the performance!
The surprises continued with a deliciously fun and creative meal provided by Zafferano catering, with spectacular wines from Gusbourne Estate.
Alongside the Gala, the LPO ran a varied and exciting Silent Auction and our Musicians' Appeal, asking for help to support our fantastic musicians and nurture the talent of tomorrow. We were thrilled that we not only met, but exceeded, our ambitious fundraising target thanks the wonderful support of our guests and donors, including generous match funding from Sir Simon and Lady Victoria Robey. We are truly grateful to everyone involved in the Gala evening, the Silent Auction and the Musicians' Appeal. This wonderful total will help the LPO continue to thrive, today, tomorrow and into the future.
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The London Philharmonic Orchestra is grateful to our Events Committee for their support of the LPO Gala event:
Catherine Høgel (Chair), Victoria Robey OBE, Elizabeth Meshkvicheva