Entertainment at the 2014 London Press Club Ball will be provided by:
- Let it Be
- Laura Wright
- Lisa Rollin
- Tom Rust
- DJ Pat Sharp
Laura Wright – Our ‘Sporting Soprano’
With more than a million classical album sales, England’s award-winning ‘sporting soprano’ will be gracing the stage at the London Press Club Ball 2014 on Thursday October 9.
Still only 24, he is the England rugby team’s first ever official anthem singer and has sung regularly at the QBE International rugby matches and the 6 Nations at Twickenham. She is performing at the opening ceremony of Prince Harry’s Invictus Games for Britain’s wounded war heroes, which is presented by the Ball’s very own main automotive sponsor Jaguar Land Rover.
In July this year she launched a ‘Hunger Games’ style music video for her ‘Sound of Strength’ EP. She also helped launch the 2014 London Marathon run with a brief performance of William Blake’s rousing ‘Jerusalem’ from Tower Bridge – both to inspire other runners and highlight the work of the Nordoff Robbins charity for which she is an ambassador. She has enjoyed the privilege of performing more times before Her Majesty The Queen in 2012 than any other artist and was the first mezzo soprano to perform that year at the Olympic Stadium for the 2012 London games. Her ‘Stronger as One’ Diamond Jubilee song was mentioned by the Queen in her Commonwealth Day Message at Westminster Abbey in March 2012.
A first class opera honours graduate from the Royal College of Music, she is undoubtedly Britain’s most exciting young mezzo soprano.
She has also trained to county level in hockey, netball, tennis and javelin and currently keeps fit with boxing, crossfit pilates, playing rugby for Rosslyn Park ladies team and raising money for charity in running and cycling events.
She said: ’To bring together sport and music, my two passions in life, is something I’m so excited about.
‘Classical music has long been about triumph, beauty, drama and strength. It’s uplifting and emotional – just like sport. I wanted to create something that makes you feel like you can achieve your dreams, music that makes you feel like a superhero.’
Making the headlines: Laura’s appearance at the Invictus Games led to this Daily Telegraph front page:
Get ready to Twist and Shout and relive Beatlemania with our four fabulous mop-tops, yeah, yeah, yeah.
The London Press Club Ball is proud to entertain you with live music from the cast of the smash hit West End production of the Beatles show LET IT BE, currently on a tour of the UK and Europe.
Jamie Hendry Productions, which is behind the hit show, seen by over 800,000 people worldwide, is a co-sponsor of the Ball.
And fittingly the performance is taking place on the 74th anniversary of the birth of late-lamented Beatle John Lennon – born on October 9th 1940. And it was in this very week – October 5th 1962- that the Beatles’ first single –‘Love me Do’ was released 52 years ago, reaching number 17 in the UK charts and number 1 in the USA two years later. The live theatrical show charts the Beatles meteoric rise from their humble beginnings in Liverpool’s Cavern Club to the height of Beatlemania to their later studio masterpiece.
So travel back to the magical sixties when all you needed was love, and a little help from your friends!
‘The Beatles show you never got to see!’ Paul Phear, Smooth Radio
Celebrity DJ Pat Sharp
Pat presented his first daytime show 32 years ago for BBC Radio 1 at just twenty years of age back in 1982. Following a year on air, plus numerous ‘Top of the Pops’ TV appearances, he then went on to host mid mornings at 95.8 Capital FM for a decade. Along the way he picked up a gold Sony award whilst also notching up 7 hit singles and raising over £300,000 for charity as part of the Stock Aitken Waterman duo ‘Pat & Mick’.
He then took his mid-morning slot to No 1 again, as part of 8 successful years at London’s Heart, becoming the only presenter ever to rate No 1 on mid mornings in London on two different stations.
In 2011 he swapped life behind the microphone at Smooth Radio for life in the jungle as he joined ITV’s ‘ I’m A Celebrity – Get Me Out of Here ’ along with competitors including Hollywood actress Stefanie Powers.
He emerged from the jungle after competing with Fatima Whitbread in one of the most gruelling Bush Tucker trials ever.
With more than 30 years live TV & Radio experience, Pat still attracts more and more new fans both old and young alike and has 50,000 + followers on Twitter.
Lisa Rollin – Our Vivacious Violinist
Violinist Lisa Rollin returns to the London Press Club Ball again this year to entertain guests on arrival at the champagne reception with her magical strings. During her career she has performed with a wide range of artists including Simply Red, Kanye West, Kelly le Roc, Il Divo, Westlife and Boyzone.
Tom Rust – Start Spreading the News…
Sophisticated crooner Tom Rust will be singing his own smooth blend of swing, jazz and ballads as he once again glides seamlessly between the tables with his microphone at this year’s London Press Club Ball.