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8 November

A Day out at the Ballet

In March this year, King’s hosted a hugely successful and interesting evening of lectures, a Nepalese dinner and an auction to raise funds for King’s School bursaries and the Himalayan Trust UK.  One of the most popular lots was for two people to attend the Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House, London on Saturday 2nd November.  This auction prize was won by Mr and Mrs Emsley, who are parents at King’s and they enjoyed a very special day last Saturday in the company of Tony Dyson (Br 56-66) who very kindly donated the prize.  Tony is the founding Trustee and the Chairman of The Frederick Ashton Foundation, whose aim is to continue the legacy of Frederick Ashton and his ballets, ensuring generations to come can enjoy the works of Ashton. The Foundation is based at the Opera House, where Frederick Ashton was the Founder Choreographer and also sometimes Director.

On Saturday 2nd November, the Emsleys enjoyed a glass of champagne with Tony and then were delighted by the triple bill performance, which includes Sir Frederick Ashton’s ballet to Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations.  After the ballet, Mr and Mrs Emsley joined Tony and his guests for lunch and Mrs Emsley said of the day, “We had stunning central seats and met Tony in both intervals. Afterwards we all walked to the restaurant and then ate together which was lovely. I think we were all sorry to leave at the end.  Tony was so generous and we had a lovely time.”

A huge thank you to both Tony and Mr and Mrs Emsley for their generosity in supporting King’s Open the Door Bursary Appeal, via donating and bidding for this wonderful auction prize.