Gala in your Parlour
While we are not able to come together at Banqueting House for our usual LPO Gala evening on Monday 1 June, we are delighted to be able to bring you something a little closer to home!
This is a Gala event like no other! Taking place direct to your living room via video call, the evening will include unique performances by the Orchestra and special guest artists, conversations with our titled conductors Vladimir Jurowski, Edward Gardner and Karina Canellakis, and some amazing opportunities in a Silent Auction. These performances will be combined with a chance to catch up with friends throughout the night in small online groups.
This is a key night in the Orchestra’s fundraising calendar. We are asking for donations from £200 to join us, from £300 for a couple or from £1500 for a ‘table’ of up to 10 people if you want to invite friends to join you.
Your donation and all money raised on the night will go to our Play On Appeal to help support the Orchestra and our musicians through these difficult times. 100% of this cost is a suggested and voluntary donation toward the Orchestra's fundraising efforts for the evening. You may also choose to donate an alternative amount.
Book your place by donating via the box below, contact the LPO Events Team or, to find out more about how the event will unfold, get intouch via these details;
During the evening there will be opportunities to socialise in smaller 'breakout' groups - similar to socialising on your table at the live Gala event.
How to book:
In the box below, enter your donation; we are asking for donations from £200 to join as an individual, from £300 for a couple or from £1500 for a ‘table’. You can choose to donate a different amount.
You will be taken to your ‘basket’. Click ‘Proceed to checkout’
You will be prompted to log in to your LPO account, or create one by following the steps online. You can also choose to checkout as a guest.
Complete the ‘checkout’ steps to finalise your donation.
You will immediately receive an automated receipt. Shortly after you will be contacted by a member of the Events Team with a Guide to the Gala.
Gala in your Parlour FAQs
How do I join the LPO Gala in your Parlour?
The LPO Gala in your Parlour will be a video conference call hosted on a platform called Zoom. Click here to find out more about Zoom and download the app or browser extension.
Zoom will work on any computer/laptop/tablet/mobile phone. If you’ve never used Zoom before, why not take time before the Gala to test it out with friends and family, or get in touch and we can give you more information about how it works and even set up a test call so you can have a practice before the event!
We recommend using a computer or laptop where possible for the Zoom call so you have the biggest screen possible for seeing the performances. You may also want to have a second device available, if you have one, so you can easily view the Silent Auction.
On the morning of Monday 1 June, you will receive an invitation via email to join the Gala call. Simply click on the link in the email a few minutes before 8pm and this will take you to the Zoom page to join in. We’ll then manage the technical aspects during the event so all you need to do is enjoy the evening.
How will it work with so many people?
While in the main call, your microphone will be automatically muted as this will help the sound quality for everyone. You can still speak with other people through the ‘Chat’ function on Zoom.
We know it’s difficult to chat with lots of people at the same time on a video call so we’ll create moments to ‘breakout’ into small groups, much like speaking with guests at your table at the live event. Members of the Orchestra and our conductors will be dropping into groups to join in (if you’d like them to!).
Can I just watch the Gala?
What are the timings?
The LPO Gala in your Parlour will run from 8.00pm UK time until 9.30pm UK time, with a carefully curated programme of performances and insights. For those of you who want to we encourage you to extend the evening after the event ends by staying on the call. We can provide everything from cocktail lists, recipes and activities if you want to continue in your own after-party.
How do the ‘tables’ work?
During the evening we will create moments to socialise in smaller ‘breakout’ groups – in a similar way to socialising on your table at the live Gala event.
Guests can either purchase a ‘table’ for up to 10 of your own guests, or individual or couple ticket holders will be grouped together in ‘tables’ ahead of the event. During these social moments, guests are automatically transferred into small groups, before coming back to the central meeting room. We will look after the technical side of this – you don’t need to do anything!
How will the Silent Auction work?
The Silent Auction is powered by jumblebee and is now live so that bids can be made throughout the week leading up to the Gala. Bidding will remain live for guests throughout Gala in your Parlour, closing towards the end of the evening. There will be clear updates during the event, showing the leader board and time remaining to bid.
Bidding on the auction could not be easier - just click on the lot that you are interested in and enter the amount you would like to bid. You will be asked to register at the point of placing your first bid and winners will be informed by email shortly after the close of the auction on the evening of the event.
Why are we asking for a donation to join the Gala in your Parlour?
This is a key night in the Orchestra’s fundraising calendar and is a particularly important event in helping us raise funds to support the Orchestra and our musicians during this coronavirus crisis. We are asking for donations from £200 to join us, from £300 for a couple or from £1,500 for a ‘table’ of up to 10 people if you want to invite friends to join you. Your donation and all money raised on the night will go to our Play On Appeal.
100% of this cost is a suggested and voluntary donation toward the Orchestra’s fundraising efforts for the evening. You may also choose to donate an alternative amount. Donations made by individuals to join us on the evening are eligible for Gift Aid, which means that the London Philharmonic Orchestra can claim an extra 25p for every £1 of your donation. Please let us know if you would like us to claim Gift Aid and we will send you a Gift Aid declaration form if we do not already have one from you.
What is the Dress Code?
The LPO Gala in your Parlour is a great excuse to get dressed up in something fancy! We know you may not all have access to Black Tie, so the dress code is ‘Front Room Finery’. This can be anything you are comfortable in, but we’d love to see a bit of glamour and partywear, if you have it!
Who will be there?
The evening will be hosted by members of the LPO Family – Chief Executive and Artistic Director, Timothy Walker, Chief Executive Designate, David Burke – along with LPO Conductors Vladimir Jurowski, Edward Gardner and Karina Canellakis, members of the Orchestra and LPO staff. We would love to have you join us.
The London Philharmonic Orchestra is grateful to our Events Committee for their support of the Gala in your Parlour event:
Catherine Høgel (Chair), Victoria Robey OBE, Natasha Tsukanova, Elizabeth Meshkvicheva