Musikmomente e.V., Friends of Britain e.V. and Lions Club Altona
Although we are living and working in uncertain times, there is no doubt about how we, at Friends of Britain, continue to strive to help and support local charities and the arts.
Our concert was organised by Musikmomente e.V. in cooperation with the Lions Club Altona and Friends of Britain e.V.
The global pandemic has dramatically changed the way people meet and enjoy themselves. However, we were incredibly lucky to get permission to meet and come together in public so that a small group of outstanding musicians and opera singers could perform in front of a small audience. Mr. Langeloh, a board director and one of the organisers at the The Elisabeth Gätgens Foundation (who run the Heidbarghof culture centre), provided the venue for our event and supported us very generously. Mr Langeloh even played the bagpipes, leading the guests from the champagne reception area into the concert hall!
The soirée took us on a journey through the British Isles. This was expressed through a mixture of British poetry, music and song - carefully selected to represent both the classical and modern times.
During the break, snacks and drinks were served.
We also took the opportunity at this point, to hand over our cheque donation of € 5,000 to the Klinik-Clowns Hamburg e.V., who were extremely grateful for our support during these difficult, restricted times.
Furthermore, our raffle team was very busy all evening selling tickets for charity. The winning numbers were drawn from a hat, so that many of our guests were very happy to receive some wonderful prizes to go home with!
The concert evening was very well received and was a pleasant alternative, and deeply appreciated, during these Corona times.
A big thank you and our appreciation goes out to all our generous sponsors for their participation in making the Heidbarg Soirée 2020 possible!
Our sponsors for this event included: Clive J. Kennedy OBE, Herr Hinrich Langeloh, Manfred und Linda Struck, Patricia und Dirk Behrens, Margret Franz-Zieske and Stefanie Nießen.
Most of the favorite things will bei displayed and available, for example: The wheel of fortune, Flying Dogs, side-saddle riding, Highland Games, Rugby, St. Pauli Pipes & Drums, Oldtimers and lots, lots more!
The work of the international Brittle Bones Society (care4BrittleBones.org) was presented to the audience by its Chairperson Dagmar Mekking, who joined us from Amsterdam. Wendy Sprock (Chairperson of the Friends of Britain e.V.) and Stefanie Maria Niessen (President of the Lions Club Hamburg-Altona) welcomed several guests of honour: Clive Kennedy (Vice-President of the Anglo-German Club e.V.), Thomas Guse and his wife (Lions District Governor) as well as the composer Cecilia McDowall from London who introduced the audience to her very modern and fascinating compositions.
Every year on the first Advent weekend the Friends of Britain e.V. takes part in a Victorian Christmas Market in the Baseler Hof Sälen, originally initiated by the Honorary British Consulate in Hamburg together with the Hotel Baseler Hof and supported by several British clubs and associations and local businesses. The proceeds go to a selected charitable institution – this year to Familienhafen e.V. (https://www.familienhafen.de/).
Here one can enjoy the festive atmosphere of a Victorian Christmas. One can find a good selection of unique presents and fine gifts, as well as traditional British Christmas fare.
There are prizes to be won and a light entertainment programme, various seasonal refreshments etc. enhance the event.
“British Flair – with Country Fair“ (formerly “British Day“) took place for the 29th year in succession from 9th to 11th August 2019 in the grounds of the Hamburger Polo Club, beginning as during the past few years on Friday midday.
As usual the charity aspect of the event will be highlighted over the weekend – everywhere in the grounds and at the tombola tent we will be selling tombola tickets. There are lots of non-cash prizes as well as vouchers and theatre tickets to be won – the proceeds this year will be in aid of the “MUT Academy“, an organisation that supports young school leavers in the transition phase between school and training for a profession.
We are grateful for the financial support given by Ter Hell.