Trained professional musicians from the Royal Academy of Music, accompanied by the choir from Runnymede College, La Moraleja played various arias from popular operas at the fourth annual fundraising concert on behalf of the British Benevolent Fund of Madrid on October 22nd, 2015 at the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, Madrid.
Music from Puccini, Verdi, Handel and Bizet, was the star attraction of the show entitled La Operetta performed in front of almost 200 people including Her Majesty ́s Ambassador to Spain, Simon Manley CMG, Honorary President of the Benevolent Fund and his family.
Following the Concert a reception was held in the beautiful entrance hall of the Real Academia, where drinks and food were served amidst ancient and priceless statues, and the audience were able to meet the musicians. Two Minis, kindly supplied by Mini España, adorned the entrance with union flags to the fore, and they were very popular with the audience who posed for photographs of themselves both inside and outside of the cars.
The Chairman of the British Benevolent Fund, Stewart Cusden, wishes to thank all those commercial organisations that supported the concert which included Bodegas Martúe, Mahou, Diageo and Mallorca Catering as well of course, Mini España. The Benevolent Fund is also very grateful to all the those that generously donated raffle prizes drawn on the night, and particular thanks must be paid to the three musicians that travelled from London and gave up their time free not only for the Concert but also holding music workshops during the week at the British Council School in Somosaguas and at Runnymede College, La Moraleja.