King’s was delighted to host their third annual Founder’s Dinner in the Vanbrugh Theatre on the 29 September.
More than 85 guests attended and were treated to a fabulous three course meal. The pressure was on the school catering team, as they knew the Keynote Speaker on the night was none other than celebrity chef Ainsley Harriott – so there was no room for error! The team were delighted to read Ainsley’s Twitter post later on that evening which read “a great event with delicious food!”
Amongst the highlights of the evening were the fabulous performances from our Barbershop Quartet, made up of 2011 leavers David McIlroy, Mike Hutchinson, Seb Fayle and Ben Cuffin-Munday. The group was originally formed whilst the boys were at King’s and re-united for a one-night only performance. Ainsley Harriott shared his memories of singing in the world-renowned choir at Wandsworth School and documented his rise to stardom. This included his experience performing on the BBC’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’.
Talented 2010 leaver Megan Lamour then took to the stage. Her performance included three beautiful ballads from the musicals Wicked, Les Misérables and A little Night Music. The audience were captivated by her stunning voice and incredible performance. She then delivered an upbeat number from the musical Betty Blue Eyes in which she has just landed a role.
Guests included alumni and parents and most notably acclaimed actor Ron Pickup a 1959 leaver. Ron is best known for his roles in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The Mission, The Day of the Jackal, The 39 Steps’ and more recently, his portrayal of Neville Chamberlain in the film ‘Darkest Hour ‘.
Feedback from guests was fantastic with old boy Kit Eatock saying,
“There is always such a familiar and friendly atmosphere at Kings, thanks to the Alumni staff.”
And Governor, Ruth Ashford commenting,
“It was a wonderful and exciting celebration of the talent and achievements of the school and students. It made me extremely proud to be a Governor of such an excellent School”