On June 24th, The American Friends of the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra joined black tie festivities in London for the Orchestra’s annual Summer Party at the Wallace Collection. This year’s event included a salute to the 20th anniversary season. The evening began with a champagne reception at the top of the museum’s grand staircase, followed by a concert in the Great Gallery.
Musicians from the Orchestra performed with renowned baritone Sir Byrn Terfel and diva Rebecca Evans. Lord Jeffrey Archer conducted the live auction which raised over £150,000 for 6 items, including the Abu Dhabi F1 event, a Tuscan villa, a mansion in Scotland and dinner prepared by renowned chef Raymond Blanc.
The dinner was served in the garden room accompanied by Chene Bleu’s wines donated by Nicole Rolet’s La Verriere.
The Dinner Chair and underwriter was Sana Sabbagh. A group of international friends came from New York, London and Paris including Ann and William Nitze, Emily Frick, CeCe and Lee Black, Suzi and David Cordish, Faanya Rose, Roddy and April Gow, Geoffrey Bradfield and William Featherby, Irene Chu, Victoria Wyman, Luce Churchill, Louis and Julie Perlman, Yvonne and Bjarne Rieber, Kim Samuel, Nicole and Xavier Rolet, Reg and Chloe Stewart, Jamie and Tanya Hamilton, Martha Mehta, Anthony and Tania de Rothschild, John Gore and Sarah Townsend, Elena Ambrosiadou, Kristen d’Aulan and Alexander Newley, Zenouska Mowatt, Alireza Ittihadieh and Irja Brant, Nazli and Aftab Jafferjee, Kirat Young, Donald Fothergill, Jolana Vainio, Bruno Wang and Cyril Gonzales, Anjali Menon,and Christopher Wright.