Fundraising Events


Annual Gala Dinner and Auction


Monday 9th May 2016
In aid of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields
Featuring performances by Joshua Bell, Håkan Hardenberger and members of the orchestra
with Special Guest Glenn Close
The Palm Court, The Waldorf Hilton, London

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Very many thanks to everyone who attended, donated or placed bids in the auction.

On Monday 9th May the Academy held its Annual Gala Dinner and Auction.

The Gala was sponsored by Audi City London and was chaired by Penny Lovell.

Surrounded by the splendour of the Waldorf Hilton’s famed Palm Court, guests enjoyed world-class music performed by Music Director Joshua Bell, trumpeter Håkan Hardenberger, musicians of the orchestra and special guest, the legendary actress, Glenn Close.

The performances were followed by fine dining together with silent and live auctions, where a selection of exclusive items and experiences were available to bid on. The live auction was expertly presided over by Sotheby’s Senior Director, Mark Grol.

The evening raised £120,000 which will help support the work of the orchestra and in particular its innovative learning and participation programmes.

The Academy does not receive core public funding, and is thus reliant on events such as this in order to continue its work. Each year, the orchestra has to secure substantial financial support in order to enable it to continue bringing its unique interpretations of the classic repertoire to audiences of all ages and backgrounds around the world.

If you would like to register your interest in attending our 2017 Gala Dinner and Auction, please email our development team at development@asmf.org.


From gala dinners to private performances, find out about our fundraising events

The Academy of St Martin in the Fields relies on a series of unique events to help raise funds and continue to introduce new people to the work of the orchestra and its mission. From gala dinners to private performances, these events provide an opportunity for individuals and companies to support the orchestra while being part of some memorable events.

We have created a group called the Divertimento Group to recognise the support of individuals that have contributed through our series of unique and special events but are not credited under our membership schemes.

For further information about Academy fundraising events, please contact the development team on +44 (0)20 7702 1377 development@asmf.org

Image credit: Simon Williams