Thank You to All Who Attended The Last Night of the Proms Concert

2014 Concert 3The third annual fundraising concert took place on Wednesday 22nd October with the theme this year being The Last Night of the Proms.

The British Benevolent Fund of Madrid hosted the event with sponsorship from Mahou and the Bodegas Martúe.


concert programmeMusicians, trained at the Royal Academy of Music in London travelled to Madrid to play well known pieces from operas and musicals followed by songs and hymns usually played at the last night of the Promenade Concert in the Royal Albert Hall, London. Musical pieces by Verdi, Puccini, Mozart, Sullivan and Bernstein were amongst the chosen music followed by Jerusalem, Rule Britannia! And Land of Hope and Glory. (Please click on the icon to see the Concert Programme with full details of the evening’s music and the musicians)

2014 Concert 2An almost full house at the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, courtesy of Sr. Javier Blas, enjoyed the concert followed by drinks and nibbles where the audience was able to meet and chat with all the musicians. A raffle took place during the reception and the many donors of prizes were thanked for their generosity.


2014 Concert 1The musicians worked with the Head of Music at Runnymede College, La Moraleja Tanya Balashova to perfect the choir of Runnymede College and who accompanied the soloists at the concert. For Rebecca Taylor, accompanist and musical director it was her third visit to Madrid in support of the British Benevolent Fund of Madrid. This year she was accompanied by Ross Scanlon, an Irish tenor and Anna Sideris, soprano.

Together they made a wonderful evening for the audience with many asking when will the next concert take place.

The British Benevolent Fund would like to thank all who attended the concert, and participated in the raffle, and we hope to see all of you again at next year’s concert.

2014 concert 4 Rebecca Taylor-Accompanist chatting with audience

Shiela Stewart, Ann Chapman, Shirley Lavadera and Helen Leese Arabella González-Head of Finance and Resources & Gillian Flaxman OBE-Head of School British Council