The Summer Opera Picnic
Since Hollis Morgan was established in 2010 we have annually thanked 400 clients, family and friends by hosting a party with a difference – A Summer Evening of Opera Highlights which is now an established fixture of the Bristol Social scene! Also included on the guest list are many representatives of the numerous charities we support throughout the year.
Each summer we are privileged to have four members from The Welsh National Opera give a performance of favourite opera arias in the beautiful iconic setting of All Saints church Clifton. In 2017 we were able to welcome back Joanne Thomas, Naomi Harvey, James Gower, Simon Phillippo and a new addition Paul Badley all professional singers who entertained us with arias from such famous composers as Mozart, Rossini, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Verdi whilst the second half of the evening was devoted to lighter works such as the ever popular “Maria” from West side Story to The “Hippopotamus” by Flanders and Swann.
This “Glyndebourne” style evening starts with a relaxed drinks reception in the secret, church and vicarage gardens of All Saints which boast a fine collection of topiary and one of the most handsome Victorian jardinières in the West Country. After being suitably welcomed with copious amounts of “Fizz” served by the charming Origami team combined with live musical entertainment from the “The Fourth Note” - pupils of Elmlea Junior School. The guests then took their seats in the comfort of the church for the first Act preceded with a rousing verse of the National Anthem. Half way through the evening everyone returned to the garden for a delicious summer picnic beautifully prepared by The Mall Deli and once suitably refuelled they returned to the church for the final act!
In 2017 the evening was dedicated to our Charity of the year - a LIFE for a CURE – Ryan Bresnahan’s Meningitis Appeal and our generous guests donated nearly £4,000 in cash and online donations. If you would like to make a donation to this wonderful charity FOLLOW THIS LINK TO VIRGIN MONEY.