Champagne flows at the Hippodrome

Curtain Raiser at Swan Lake gala evenings boost youth dance cash

Two gala evenings alongside performances of Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake attracted 150 guests and raised more than £5,000 for Birmingham Hippodrome’s Curtain Raiser and expanding youth dance programme. Guests enjoyed a Laurent-Perrier Champagne reception and an AA Rosette standard dinner in the theatre’s dance studio, transformed by resident stylists AVA Events Styling. Post-show, guests enjoyed a specially designed cocktail, Flowers from Russia, served by the team from Edgbaston Boutique Hotel and Cocktail Lounge. This year’s Curtain Raiser at Swan Lake was sponsored by Tilney Group.


1 Katie Trout, Fiona Allan, Glenn Howells

2 Jane Bauiley, Jayne O’Malley, Jilly Cosgrove

3 Susan Barnes, Lucy Strong

4 Elaine Huttley, Deborah Kent, Sarah Gull, Sarah Riding

5 Rachel Thompson, Leanne McClean, Claire Comley, Carol Graham

6 The Hon Mrs Justice Geraldine Andrews, Jayne Higgins, Glenn Howells, Chris Loughran

7 Karen Horsfield, Carmen Watson, Anne Brookes, Eileen Schofield, Jenny Loynton, Louise O’Reilly

8 Andrew Segal and friends

Photography by Vivienne Bailey