Friday, August 18, 2017

A Weekend of Festivities with the American Friends of the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra

Joyce DiDonato with the American Friends of the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra and UK Patrons at the Wallace Collection.
American Friends of the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra's weekend of Festivities in London and Oxfordshire with Joyce DiDonato.

18th century watercolor of Culham Court, Henley-on-Thames.
Table decor at the Wallace Collection for the black-tie finale.
The weekend started with Trustee Francesca Schwarzenbach at her 18th century Culham Court, Henley-on-Thames, with a recital led by Maestro Marios Papadopoulos. The performance was followed by dinner with Prince and Princess Johannes Auersperg, Suzanne Kohlberg, April and Roddy Gow, Ann and Bill Nitze, Faanya Rose, Shirley and Jim Sherwood and Bruno Wang as guests.

The following night Trustee Raymond Blanc hosted patrons at his 15th century Manoir aux Quat' Saisons to hear the principal cellist perform a Bach recital in the medieval chapel, followed by dinner.

The black-tie finale at the Wallace Collection included 150 guests, chaired by Trustee Bruno Wang. The evening began with champagne to view the finest collection in the UK of 18th century French Old Master paintings. Guests were seated in the Great Gallery for a spell-binding performance led by Maestro Papadopoulos with Joyce DiDonato and members of the Oxford Philharmonic.

Guests were seated in the conservatory for a Solstice dinner with award winning wines donated by Nicole and Xavier Rolet's Chene Bleu Vineyard. Lord Harry Dalmeny of Sotheby's ran the auction which raised support for the Orchestra's 20th Anniversary Fund.

Guests included TRH Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, Prince Pierre d'Arenberg, CeCe and Lee Black, Catherine and Laurent Faugerolas, Sir Jeremy and Lady Greenstock, Susan Gutfreund, Marion and David Khalili, Lady Jane Rayne Lacey and Robert Lacey, Lily, Duchess of Marlborough, Lady Maiko Rothermere, Roberta Sandeman and Kari Tiedemann.

American support for the Orchestra's 20th Anniversary Fund will provide underwriting to bring the Oxford Philharmonic to perform in New York.
The Wallace Collection.
The Grand Staircase at The Wallace Collection.
Susan Gutfreund and Ann Nitze Kari Tiedemann, Robert Lacey, and Lady Jane Rayne Lacey.
Francesca Schwartzenbach, Geoffrey De Jager, and April Gow.
Murray and Heidi Feely with Sir John and Lady Aird.
Lee and CeCe Black. Roddy Gow and H.R.H. Prince Michael of Kent.
Roberta Sandeman.
Ann Nitze, Bill Nitze, and H.R.H. Princess Michael of Kent.
Leslie Caron, James Wilmot, and Cressida Bonas. Bjarne and Yvonne Rieber.
Natalia and Andre Yakunin.
Katharina Baumann and Pierre Winkler.
David Khalili and Roddy Gow. Edward Brown and Saphieh Ashtiany.
Sandra and Professor Raymond Dwek.
Joanne Fordham and Lady Chloe Vane Tempest Stewart.
Manuel Palazzo, Simon Milward, and Nicholas Janot.
Harriet Stringer and Lady Jennifer Stringer. Aviad and Ravit Meitar.
Lady Estelle Wolfson of Marylebone and her daughter Antoinette Jackson.
Michael Birri, Inge Margulies, Ratan Mahtani, and Lily Duchess of Marlborough.
Lady Patricia Rawlings and Lord Harry Dalmeny.
Gisela Taylor and John Taylor of Duran Duran. Maestro Marios Papadopoulos and Gabriella Bassatne.
Alfiya Kuanyshev and H.R.H. Prince Michael of Kent.
Maestro Marios Papadopoulos and Anthi Papadopoulos. Lady Maiko Rothermere and Debbie Kook.
Nicky Haslam and Kari Tiedemann.
Nazli Jafferjee and Francesca Schwartzenbach. Lord Reginald Stewart, Lady Jane Rayne Lacey, Lady Chloe Stewart, and Robert Lacey.
Manfred Baumann and Yvonne Winkler.
Geoffrey de Jager, Faanya Rose, Caroline de Jager, Gabriella Bassatne, and Aviad and Ravit Meitar at the recital.
Joyce DiDonato and maestro Marios Papadopoulos.
Joyce DiDonato with members of the Oxford Philharmonic.
Joyce DiDonato performing in the Great Gallery.
Joyce DiDonato, TRH Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, and the DiDonato family.
A magical evening in the garden courtyard of the Wallace Collection.
Dinner at the Wallace Collection.
Lady Anne Greenstock, Bill Nitze, April Gow, Sir Jeremy Greenstock, and Ann Nitze.
Francesca Schwartzenbach, H.R.H. Prince Michael of Kent, and Leslie Caron.
HSH Prince Pierre D'Arenberg and H.R.H. Princess Michael of Kent.
Gisela Taylor and Cressida Bonas.
Roddy Gow and CeCe Black.
Baroness Aziza Allard and Andrew Gow.
Joyce DiDonato, Nazli Jafferjee, H.E. Mr. Xiao Ming Liu, and Madame Pinghua Hu
Photographs by Annie Watt