Save the Children held a night of sensational Blues music at The Roundhouse in London.
Attended by over 470 guests including Helena Bonham-Carter and Tim Burton, Samantha Cameron, Ronnie Wood, Natasha Kaplinsky, Erin O’Connor, David and Serena Linley, Gillian Anderson and Michael Gove, the event raised over one million pounds for the charity through ticket sales and auction items.
Taking guests on a musical journey through the Blues, the fantastic bill included the Grammy award-winning Dr John, Chicago blues legend James Cotton, soul singer Jocelyn Brown and master saxophonist Maceo Parker. Guests enjoyed surprise appearances by Ronnie Wood, who played with Cotton and his hero Maceo Parker, and KT Tunstall who performed Howling Wolf classics and a blues version of George Michael’s ‘Faith’.
Henry Wyndham, Chairman of Sotheby’s Europe, conducted a live auction midway through the night. A last minute addition to the auction proved to be the most popular – an original illustration by film director Tim Burton saw numerous guests vying for the unique artwork with the successful bid reaching £65,000. Marc Quinn’s 3m by 2m ‘Under The Volcano. Erebus Antartica’ oil on canvas attracted the highest figure of the evening making £150,000. A silent auction ran all evening with luxury experiences and items up for grabs including spending two days at the iconic Liberty Design Studio in London, private dining at China Tang at The Dorchester and a VIP trip to the Monte Carlo Historical Grand Prix.
Hosted by Alan Parker, Chairman of Save the Children, this special evening raised significant funds which will help the international charity give every child around the world the chance to fulfil their potential.