Wanderlust Retreats was invited to donate a prize to the ‘Friends of BryanstonMusic’ charity auction, held at Bryanston School on Saturday 24th March.  This fund was established to ensure musical learning can be accessed by all pupils at the school.  The auction was part of a gala fundraising dinner, organised by Sam Tonks, featuring past and present Bryanston pupils, performing a selection of music to an audience of around100 guests.  

We were delighted to be able to offer a fantastic ‘Weekend Stay at The Gate House, Deans Court’ and couldn’t resist attending this event to personally congratulate the lucky winning bidders of our luxury weekend, and hear for ourselves the amazing talent of the pupils currently benefiting from the Bryanston music department. 

On arrival we were impressed at the wonderful ambience, with cool lighting, live jazz, and drinks being poured, as guests browsed the exciting auction prizes. A couple of auction items which caught our eye were: ‘Golf in the Dorgogne, whilst staying in a Chateau’ and also ‘Jurassic Coast Dining at the Seaside Boarding House’. Shortly after, we were ushered to the CowleyRoom for dinner, where Director of Music, Duncan Emerson welcomedeveryone and explained in detail his ambition for the Friends of BryanstonMusic Fund.  We were then treated to a performance of Franz Schubert’s ‘An die Musik’ by previous Bryanston student Hal Cazalet, and a current pupil. 

The night unfolded with a sweet mixture of delicious food cooked by Bryanston staff and more wonderful musical performances; a solo of Piazzolla’s ‘Oblivion’ on the violin and a magical rendition of ‘Your Song’ by Elton John and Gladys Knight’s ‘Midnight Train to Georgia’ on the piano.

After a delicious dark chocolate délice dessert it was time for the live auction of seven lots; some of the prizes included: Bournemouth Symphony tickets at St Giles House, an AGA Cookery Course, a pair of stunning Sophie Harley earrings, a Luxury Day On The River and more aside!   Marc Allum, who has been a specialist on the BBC Antiques Roadshow since 1998 oversaw the bidding. I loved his animated style, and he certainly encouraged everyone to dig deep and, in doing so, helped raise nearly £11,000 – an amazing achievement in just an evening!

The event was such a success; everyone had enjoyed a sumptuous meal and been treated to some very talented musicians, all the while raising a fantastic sum of money for a great cause!

If you would like details on how to become a friend of Bryanston Music, you can find details at http://www.bryanston.co.uk/fbm.