Last night we raised over £900,000 at our star studded biennial charity Gala, sponsored by Lavazza. We were joined by a host of celebrities including Chair of the Roundhouse Gala Committee Sally Wood as well as Ronnie Wood, Jamie Cullum, Sadie Frost, Edith Bowman, Kelly Jones, Eliza Doolittle, Rob Brydon, Mick Taylor, Charlotte Church and Jeremy Clarkson.
Performances last night came from the brilliant Jamie Cullum who was joined on stage by Eliza Doolittle, Kelly Jones and comedian Rob Brydon. On top of this The Ronnie Wood Band performed an incredible set with special guests Kelly Jones and Sharleen Spiteri.
Guests were also treated to performances from the Roundhouse’s very own home-grown talent Talia Randall, the Street Circus Collective and the incredible Roundhouse Choir. Edith Bowman hosted the evening’s activities whilst Christopher Biggins took on the live auction.
The evening raised a huge £900,000 – all of which will go towards our charity work supporting over 3,000 11-25 year olds to reach their full potential through creativity. Prizes in the charity auction included afternoon tea with award winning lyricist Tim Rice, rehearsals and a walk on part in West End musical Les Misérables, a private lunch with comedy giants Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones and Michael Palin, art donated by Damien Hirst and Marc Quinn as well as incredible luxury travel prizes to Necker Island and a private Ibiza hideaway for a group of friends.
This year’s Gala Committee was chaired by actress and theatre producer Sally Wood. She said, “As a teenager I was extremely lucky to be a member of the Central Television Workshop which offered young creative people a fantastic professional start in life. The Roundhouse is a cause close to my heart as it provides a similar platform for people to learn, be inspired, express themselves, nurture their talent and grow confident with their peers whilst remaining grounded at the same time. I’m so grateful for the brilliant opportunities I received, and that’s why I’m honoured to be an Ambassador for the Roundhouse and to chair this year’s charity gala and committee to help raise funds for the trust.”
Marcus Davey, chief executive and artistic director of the Roundhouse said, “What a fantastic evening. I’m astounded by the generosity of all of our guests tonight who have helped us raise such an incredible sum. This really will help us transform the lives of thousands more young people. We couldn’t have done this without the tireless work of our Gala committee chaired by Sally Wood and the invaluable time, support and donations of all the musicians, artists and supporters who made the Gala the huge success it is.”
The night was rounded off with a dedicated Lavazza Espresso Martini Bar and guests partied until the early hours. David Rogers, managing director of Lavazza UK who were headline sponsors for the 2015 Roundhouse Gala said “Lavazza has a long history supporting cultural events and the arts including Renaissance art, photography, design, and music, so we are naturally very proud to play a part in the Roundhouse’s fundraising gala.”