Culford School were thrilled to welcome over 600 guests to its third outdoor Opera in the Park with London Festival Opera on Saturday evening. Once again the evening was a sell-out and the sun came out for picnics, Prosecco and sublime music, with generous Opera goers donating over £1,300 to St Nicholas Hospice Care.
With the support of the event’s lead sponsor, Lacy Scott & Knight, London Festival Opera gave an abridged performance of Mozart’s The Magic Flute and a gala performance of opera favourites after the interval. Culford were also thrilled to welcome back talented former pupils Florence Taylor and Joseph Dodd, who sang with the company.
On the beautiful South Front lawns, guests enjoyed pre-ordered luxury hampers, took the opportunity to explore Culford’s glorious gardens and even had the chance to look at an Audi R8 Coupé, which was parked on the lawn, courtesy of Opera in the Park’s supporter, Bury St Edmunds Audi.
As well as being an evening for guests to remember, Culford’s Opera in the Park had its serious side. A raffle in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care raised over £1,300 with prizes including an Audi for the weekend and a stay in a holiday cottage. Profit from ticket sales went to the Campaign for Culford, which is raising funds to refurbish the school’s main Art studio. Culford’s Director of Foundation and Communications, Jo Johnson-Munday, said:
It was a stunning evening. After a day of rain, the sun came out just at the right time. London Festival Opera’s performance was exceptional and it was especially wonderful to hear Old Culfordians Florence and Joe perform on the night. We are already looking to next year’s event and hope we can raise even more for charity.