Future Talent in the City
As a break in our long tradition of galas Future Talent tried something a little different this year. We hired a top city venue and targeted the event at prominent city businesses, their guests and clients. Simon Parker Bowles’ Green’s Oyster Bar was the chosen spot where 250 bankers and lawyers were wined and dined. The event was hosted by Two and a Half Men star Sophie Winkleman and actor Matt Downton. They were joined by special guest Dame Judi Dench. Opera star Danielle de Niese provided unforgettable entertainment alongside Future Talent stars Edward Tomanek-Volynets and Adam O’Shea.
City banker Myles Pink who was a guest at the gala:
Congratulations on a huge success last night! I hope you were happy with the way everything went (and with the total raised). You had clearly gone to an enormous effort to make the evening so enjoyable for us all. Our table had a blast – it’s remarkable how consistently people just “get” what FT is about when they see it unfold in the way you present it. As usual, my only disappointments this morning are a) it was all over too quickly and b) it’ll be too long until the next one!
The highlight of this unforgettable evening has to be a performance given by Danielle and Adam of Monteverdi’s duet Pur ti Miro. Our city gala auction raised over £75,000 for our Future Talent Stars. Thank you all!
Adam shares his thoughts about being give the opportunity to perform alongside Danielle de Niese:
If someone had said to me when I first started training classically, in a few years you’ll have the opportunity to sing with the renowned soprano Danielle de Niese, I would have laughed. But when Future Talent tells you, “you will have the opportunity to sing with Danielle de Niese,” you know it’s real.
Extreme excitement, complete awe, and a slight trepidation were the most obvious feelings that come to mind when I think back on my trip to Glyndebourne to have an intimate rehearsal with Danielle. The house was absolutely beautiful and it really was such an honour to be rehearsing in such a historical setting.
When Danielle came into the room, I was half way through an aria and I think a small part of me wanted to run and hide, but the rest of me felt an immense sense of pride, spending endless hours in practice rooms really does seem worth it when you’re singing in front of an amazing singer.
When we rehearsed our duet, she truly worked with me, shaping the line and direction of the phrasing within the piece, and I felt as though I was getting a free masterclass. It only made me more excited for the concert.
I shall always remember this fantastic experience, not just the sensational event where we performed together, not just the chance to work closely and professionally on a piece of music we both love, but the wonderful opportunity of meeting an expressive and wonderful person, who is passionate about music.