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Teodor Currentzis and musicAeterna concert
16 JANUARY 2017

S.Prokofiev Romeo & Juliet raised £600K for Gift of Life

London, 16 January 2017 – On Saturday evening, children’s cancer charity, Gift of Life, hosted an exclusive concert at the Royal Festival Hall on London’s Southbank; starring celebrated British actors Ralph Fiennes and Vanessa Redgrave CBE, accompanied by world-renowned conductor Teodor Currentzis and his famous orchestra, musicAeterna.

The orchestra captivated the audience with their spell-binding performance of Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet, while Ralph Fiennes, Vanessa Redgrave CBE, and highly acclaimed Russian actresses Dina Korzun and Chulpan Khamatova (the founders of Gift of Life’s sister charity Podari Zhizn) performed a series of sonnets and readings from Shakespeare’s plays.

Following the sold-out concert, Gift of Life, Teodor Currentzis and musicAeterna, Ralph Fiennes and Vanessa Redgrave CBE co-hosted a VIP reception at the hall, where they mingled with guests and enjoyed cocktails and canapés. An auction also took place with guests bidding for lots kindly donated by Teodor, Chulpan, Evgeny Mironov and the Aksenov Family Foundation.

The evening raised in excess of £600,000.  Thanks to the generous support of Phenomen Trust, Roman Abramovich, Aeroflot Russian Airlines, Kaspersky Lab and partnership with Corinthia Hotel London; all money raised on the night goes directly to the children supported by Gift of Life. The charity raises donations in the UK and Europe to provide seriously ill children in Russia with cutting-edge medicine and medical aid. The medicines, which are otherwise unavailable in Russia, are vital for treating specific forms of cancer, and are therefore the main focus of Gift of Life’s donations.

VIPs who attended the concert and exclusive reception afterwards included: Ralph Fiennes, Vanessa Redgrave CBE, Bond girl Olga Kurylenko, Russian actresses Dina Korzun and Chulpan Khamatova, Gift of Life patron Princess Catherine Galitzine, Teodor Currentzis, Russian ballet star Natalia Osipova, influencer Diego Bivero Volpe, actress Charlotte Carroll, it-girl Betty Bachz, Jean Bernard Fernandez-Versini, Fidan Bagirova, Jean David Malat

Where: Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 8XX

When: Saturday 14 January

Spotted: Ralph Fiennes, Vanessa Redgrave CBE, Olga Kurylenko, Dina Korzun, Chulpan Khamatova, Princess Catherine Galitzine, Teodor Currentzis, Natalia Osipova, Diego Bivero Volpe, Charlotte Carroll, Betty Bachz, Jean Bernard Fernandez-Versini, Fidan Bagirova, Jean David Malat.

Drinking: Guests at the VIP reception drank Tsarine Cuvée Premium Brut Champagne NV and Russian Standard Platinum cocktails including the Collage (vodka, basil, gomme, grapefruit juice, grapefruit wheel) and Skyfall (vodka, Tanqueray, Cocchi Americano, plum wine, lemon and yuzu juice).

Eating: Guests at the VIP reception enjoyed canapés of grilled sirloin steak and chips with béarnaise sauce, tuna tatare, pineapple, wasabi and tobiko served on a charcoal base, followed by baked Alaska with a mini lemon curd ice cream cone. Savoury food bowls were also available including Mediterranean prawns, truffle puree and lobster emulsion, as well as pistachio and green tea parfait, black sesame and yuzu.

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If you would like to make a donation to Gift of Life, please visit the following link:

http://www.giftoflife.eu/donate/

For further information, please contact Katya Demidova at: ekaterina@giftoflife.eu