KidsOut Question of Sport Charity Dinner
What an honour to be asked to play for this sophisticated annual black-tie function at Birmingham’s renowned ICC, and the crowd did not disappoint!
I have attended the prestigious KidsOut Question of Sport charity dinners as a guest, and provided harp music in a package deal for an auction item (gourmet meal for 12 in a castle with harp music – fabulous!), but it was such an honour when the organisers approached me to play as the drinks reception entertainment!
The crowd who attends these events are lively, engaged and loud. And the volume rises even higher the more the champagne flows…and flow it did.
Upon arrival with my harp, stand, stool, music, strings, harp tuner, etc (us harpists don’t travel lightly), I was met by two technicians ready to mic up the harp. This is not a common occurance for me and I was a bit nervous, and to be honest, I wasn’t sure I would need the amplification.
The evening started and the crowd mingled. There were a lot of lovely smiles and nods as I played, and 40 minutes into the set I said a grateful “thank you” to the organisers for the amplification.
I played a mixture of classical and popular songs including Moon River, It’s Now or Never, All of Me, Chasing Cars, and Send In the Clowns.
“We were delighted to welcome Michelle and her harp at the KidsOut Question of Sport charity dinner held at the ICC. This is a prestigious black tie event with over corporate 600 guests. Michelle is a most accomplished harpist and her playing throughout our champagne reception was perfect, beautifully enhancing the atmosphere of the evening.” Andrew Griffin, Chairman of KidsOut