IN AID OF NHS CHARITIES TOGETHER AND WELL CHILD AT THE LONDON LANDMARK HOTEL, LONDON.
Last Friday 17th September, the acclaimed composer and pianist Tamara Konstantin from Weymouth enthralled a star studded audience at one of London’s most glittering events.
Tamara, who releases her third album ‘Resilience‘ in November, performed her romantic piano compositions before Grace Jones’s headline act at the ICON gala at London’s Landmark Hotel where the worlds of fashion, show business and music joined forces to raise funds for NHS Charities Together and WellChild.
Tamara delivered a polished performance of original compositions with the renowned cellist Jiaxin Lloyd Webber (wife of Julian Lloyd Webber) and Barbara Gasior on violin after which Grace Jones performed her classic hits ‘Slave To The Rhythm’ and ‘Pull Up To The Bumper’.
Celebrity guests included Rod Stewart, Penny Lancaster, Joanne Froggat, Dame Emma Thompson, Greg Wise, Dionne Bromfield, Melissa Odabash MBE, Sarah Mulwinda, Yasmin Mills, Jamie Winstone, Jackie StClair, Laura Pradelska, Eunice Olumide MBE, Amelia Gray, Eyal Booker and Lois Winstone.
The ICON Gala is the brainchild of Helen Georgio and Rachael Lewis, from the Buzz Mode editorial Model Agency and was hosted by charity campaigner and popular culture expert Nick Ede. Coinciding with London Fashion Week, guests were presented with a runway show featuring collections from some of fashion brightest stars. Headlining the show was Malan Breton, Julia Clancey with Gaia Wise modelling her stunning sequin collection, My Kimmiu, Maurice Whittingham and Patrick McDowell all featured their collections on the runway. Children from the WellChild charity also took part in a fashion show from childrenswear brand Little Robes Royal. Pop Sensation Emmanuel Kelly performed with a special introduction from Chris Martin from Coldplay.
The event set out to bring excitement back to the London social scene, and to celebrate and raise funds for charities; all of which have seen their funds plummet due to no live fundraising events being allowed since early 2020.
Tamara said:“I was honoured to play a part in such a wonderful evening. The last 18 months have been a tough time for everyone, especially charities, with the COVID pandemic putting a great strain on fundraising.
“I was delighted to be able to perform my new music from my album ‘Resilience’ which reflects the pain of lockdown and I confess it was a real thrill to go on the red carpet with the likes of Grace Jones and Rod Stewart.”
Grace Jones said of the evening: “It’s such an honour to be back in the UK performing for such worthwhile charities. I am so pleased to be launching the ICON Gala in my second home, London.”