On Wednesday 25th of October we celebrated our sixth annual fundraising concert in Madrid. This year’s event took place at the residence of Simon Manley, HM Ambassador to Spain and Andorra. The venue was perfect. On the night more than one hundred people enjoyed an elegant soirée in extraordinary surroundings, and thanks to their generosity and support we raised over €4000!
Guests began to arrive at 7pm and were greeted personally by the Ambassador and members of the BBF Executive Committee. The Vice Chairman of the British Benevolent Fund welcomed everyone to the concert and thanked the Ambassador and his wife Maria Isabel for hosting the event. The Ambassador spoke warmly about the good work that the British Benevolent Fund carries out in Spain. He thanked the classically trained performers who had travelled from the UK especially to perform at the event. Finally, he mentioned the supporters of the concert: Bodegas Martúe, Grupo Agora, Hays Recruitment Services, Iberia Express, Jemima Webster Catering, Mallorca Catering and Santamania Gin, all of whom made the event possible.
The first half of the show was filled with extracts from popular classical music pieces such as Papageno’s Suicide Aria and O Babbino Mio. Members of Runnymede School choir joined the stage for Abends will ich schlafen gehn and helped fill the room with song. Having young performers take part in the concert added a family feeling to the evening.
During the interval our host Simon Manley drew the raffle prizes, some of which were won by members of the audience to much applause. The rest of the winning numbers are listed here and we will be contacting the lucky winners over the next few days.
After the interval we were treated to hand-picked songs from popular musicals such as South Pacific and My First Lady. The performances were effortlessly stellar. The atmosphere was electric. We were swept away by a combination of song and music that was contagious! The final medley of Lion King sung by the talented Runnymede choir singers had some of us up on our feet. At the end of the evening the audience called out for an encore, to which the artists and choir happily obliged.
Drinks and delicious food were served afterwards in the garden. People mingled and chatted informally amongst themselves. Some guests took the opportunity to ask questions about the British Benevolent Fund’s role in Spain. The children ran around the garden happily and somehow found a ball to kick around. It was the perfect ending to a lovely evening.
Speaking afterwards Callie Stewart de Melendez, Vice Chairman of the British Benevolent Fund said: “Events such as this are vital in our efforts to continue supporting British citizens in Spain and we are very appreciative of all those sponsors who helped make the event happen and make it such an enjoyable evening”.