The American Friends of the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra’s annual Summer Party in London

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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.

Garden Courtyard of The Wallace Collection.

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.

Irene Chu and Madame Liu.
Sean Carpenter, Grace Carpenter, Lauren Carpenter, and David Carpenter.
April Gow, William Nitze, and Elena Ambrosiadou.
Emily Frick, William Nitze, Ann Nitze, and Roddy Gow.
Axel Benz.
Charles and Dianne Bruce.
Barbara Grewe.
Tanya Hamilton, Jamie Hamilton, and Kristen D’Aulan.
Rosa Roberts and Donald Fothergill.
April Gow, Victoria Wyman, Luce Churchill, and Kirat Young.
Lee Black, CeCe Black, and Roddy Gow.
Yvonne Rieber, Bjarne Rieber, and April Gow.
Elizabeth Linder, April Gow, Nicole Rolet, Xavier Rolet, and Sebastian Giraud.
William Featherby and Geoffrey Bradfield.
Yvonne Rieber, Luce Churchill, Irene Chu, Madame Liu, and Bjarne Rieber.
David Cordish, Ann Nitze, Suzi Cordish, and William Nitze.
Faanya Rose.
Guests en route to the concert in the Great Hall.
The guests take their seats.
Marios Papadopoulos.
Marios Papadopoulos.
Sir Bryn Terfel.
Sir Bryn Terfel.
L. to r.: Sir Bryn Terfel and Rebecca Evans; Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra.
Lauren Carpenter and Pierre Lussato.
Rebecca Evans and Lee Black.
Patrick Matthiesen and Anjali Menon.
Victoria Wyman and Louis Perlman.
Julie Perlman and Joshua Berman.
Ruth Berman and Geoffrey Bradfield.
Kirat Young and Lord Archer.
Sir Bryn Terfel and Irene Chu.
David Cordish and April Gow.
Suzi Cordish and Prince Johannes von Auersperg.
Thomas Marks and Emily Frick.
Ann Nitze and Axel Benz.
Lord Reginald Stewart and Princess Claudia von Auersperg.
Tania de Rothschild and Alexander Newley.
Tanya Hamilton and John Gore.
Lord Archer conducting the live auction.
L. to r.: Jessica Swinton-Gow; Kim Samuel and Rebecca MacLeod.
Claes Bourghardt, Erik Penser, Zenouska Mowatt, Irja Brant, April Gow, Emily Frick, Lord Reginald Stewart, Ann Nitze, Alireza Ittihadieh, William Nitze, and Roddy Gow.
Donald Fothergill, Rosa Roberts, Ruth Berman, and Joshua Berman.
Tim Fleming, Martha Mehta, Patrick Matthiesen, Denis Mirlesse, Melinda Hughes, Florence Lim, Steve Abbott, Anjali Menon, Stefano Ciampolini, and Sanja Vukelic.

Photographs by Egor Piskov/

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