In memory of Debbie Lamprell and all the victims of the Grenfell tragedy
In aid of Rugby Portobello Trust
Wednesday 13 June, 8pm
Opera Holland Park Theatre
With the City of London Sinfonia
Ticket £75, £100, £120
£20 tickets available directly from Rugby Portobello Trust for local residents
All tickets include a free drink
Investec Opera Holland Park (OHP) will mark one year since the tragic Grenfell fire with a special gala on Wednesday 13 June 2018, 8pm, raising money for the Rugby Portobello Trust (www.rpt.org.uk), which supports the North Kensington community. Based just a mile from the Grenfell Tower, OHP has a long association with its community and lost a much-loved member of its own staff, Debbie Lamprell, in the disaster.
The Hope for Grenfell Memorial Gala, in memory of Debbie Lamprell and all the victims, will feature full scenes from OHP’s productions of La traviata and Cosi fan tutte, performances of classic arias by guests from across the operatic world, and an original composition by Will Todd, performed by a community choir led by Gareth Malone.
It is hoped that over £50k will be raised for the Rugby Portobello Trust (RPT), who worked closely with victims of the tragedy and with which OHP has a long association. In 2017, a performance of Verdi’s Requiem just a few weeks after the Grenfell fire sold out in 36 hours and raised a total of £41k for the RPT to support victims. To read more about this concert, click here.
Funds raised by this year’s memorial concert will enable over 100 children and young people from North Kensington to attend ‘residential’ trips, week-long trips, often to the coast and countryside, which allow them to try new activities and escape the pressures of everyday life. Often the residentials are the first time that these young people will have left their immediate concrete surroundings. The impact of these trips is proven to be especially long-lasting, boosting the confidence of young people by introducing them to new skills (raft-building, rock-climbing, team-building etc), as well as fostering a safe environment in which to address any emotional issues.
OHP is extremely grateful to Hamish and Sophie Forsyth for their generous support of this performance.
“Debbie loved working at Opera Holland Park and I am grateful that they will be remembering her and all the victims in this special way. She was always part of their family and whilst I still feel the pain of her loss deeply I am so proud that she was so highly valued. The money raised is going to a wonderful cause, too.” – Debbie Lamprell’s mother
Orchestra: City of London Sinfonia
Conductors include: Dane Lam, Matthew Waldren
Singers include: Peter Auty, Cheryl Barker, Nadine Benjamin, Susan Bullock, David Butt Philip, Peter Coleman-Wright, Nico Darmanin, Eleanor Dennis, Grant Doyle, Anne Sophie Duprels, Lauren Fagan, Stephen Gadd, Nicholas Garrett, Brenden Gunnell, Ben Johnson, Ellie Laugharne, Nicholas Lester, Elizabeth Llewellyn, Robert Murray, Nick Pritchard, Gweneth-Ann Rand, Natalya Romaniw, Lucy Schaufer, Nicky Spence, David Stephenson, Sarah Tynan, Kitty Whately, Laura Woods, Fflur Wyn
Singers subject to change