Image: English National Ballet's Spring Gala 201 at The Dorchester © Photography by ASH

This year’s Spring Gala, our biggest fundraising event of the year, raised a record-breaking £320,000 to support English National Ballet with a special pledge for the new costumes being created for Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella in-the-round.

We were delighted to welcome 350 guests to the stunning ballroom at The Dorchester, our longstanding and generous host for the Spring Gala.

Guests enjoyed a Laurent-Perrier champagne reception, delicious three-course meal, and exclusive performances from English National Ballet including extracts from Swan Lake, Manon and from Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Broken Wings, part of our upcoming She Persisted programme at Sadler’s Wells.

With live accompaniment from English National Ballet Philharmonic, the Spring Gala was a fantastic showcase of the Company’s talent and ambition.

Shiori Kase and Junor Souza performing an extract from Christopher Wheeldon's Cinderella at our Spring Gala 2019 © Photography by ASH
Shiori Kase and Junor Souza performing an extract from Christopher Wheeldon's Cinderella at English National Ballet's Spring Gala 2019 at The Dorchester © Photography by ASH

The live auction led by Thomas Austin of Sotheby’s and a silent auction gave guests the opportunity to bid on amazing prizes, including a luxury cruise donated by She Persisted production sponsor Cunard, the chance to watch from the wings at a future English National Ballet performance, and the chance to be a mascot for the England Cricket team for a One-Day International between Pakistan and England, donated by Principal Partner NatWest.

Guests were treated to goodie bags with gifts from Chanel, Omorovicza, OKA, Fortnum & Mason, Elizabeth Gage and Xie Xie.

To find out more about our appeal for Cinderella in-the-round, please click here.

Tamara Rojo at English National Ballet's Spring Gala 2019 at The Dorchester © Photography by ASH
Tamara Rojo at English National Ballet's Spring Gala 2019 at The Dorchester © Photography by ASH

With special thanks to our dedicated Gala Committee:

Sue Sloan (Chair), The Hon. Daniel Brennan, Alejandra Caro, Monica Casan, Lynda Cooke, Felicia Foreman, Jacquie Gulbenkian, Dorothy Ind, Ida Levine, Lily Liebel, The Baroness de Mandat Grancey, Alicia Monreal, Sarah Taylor, Carmen Young.

Have a look at the below images of the night:

James Streeter and Ken Saruhashi at English National Ballet's Spring Gala 2019 at The Dorchester © Photography by ASH
James Streeter and Ken Saruhashi at English National Ballet's Spring Gala 2019 at The Dorchester © Photography by ASH
Francisco Bosch performing an extract of Annabelle Lopez Ochoa's Broken Wings at English National Ballet's Spring Gala 2019 at The Dorchester © Photography by ASH
Francisco Bosch performing an extract of Annabelle Lopez Ochoa's Broken Wings at English National Ballet's Spring Gala 2019 at The Dorchester © Photography by ASH
Precious Adams at English National Ballet's Spring Gala 2019 at The Dorchester © Photography by ASH
Precious Adams at English National Ballet's Spring Gala 2019 at The Dorchester © Photography by ASH

To find out more about future Galas and events, please contact the Development Office on 0207 590 2950.

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