Opera festival’s moving Hope for Grenfell gala

Gareth Malone led a choir of almost 200 children and local residents and celebrities last night in a moving memorial concert at Investec Opera Holland Park to mark the first anniversary of the Grenfell disaster.

Holland Park is less than a mile from the scene of the tragic fire, and Debbie Lamprell, a member of the OHP staff, was one of the victims.

 Picture credits: Ali Wright for Opera Holland Park

The television choirmaster led the amateur choir in a new work written by him with Will Todd, Help Me Believe, created from workshops with members of the Grenfell community and LHP’s own Inspire project. Malone joined the choir to perform Amazing Grace in a special new orchestral arrangement by Todd, dedicated to Debbie Lamprell, which you can see preformed here https://youtu.be/G4sYKVW-SFw.

Also taking part in the Hope for Grenfell gala were actors Jim Carter, Imelda Staunton, Celie Imrie and Penelope Wilton, and journalists Trevor McDonald and Penny Smith. Relatives of the victims, including Debbie Lamprell’s mother, and North Kensington residents were guests for the concert which included scenes from the OHP’s current season’s productions.

It is hoped that more £100,000 was raised by the gala which will go to the Rugby Portobello Trust which is devoted to helping young people in the Notting Hill area, and donations to the Hope for Grenfell appeal can be made at http://www.rugbyportobello.org.uk/donate.php

Investec Opera Holland Park’s 2018 season runs until 28 July. www.operahollandpark.com





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