Princess Alexandra hosted a concert at Buckingham Palace last night, to celebrate the uniting power of music. The event brought together four organisations of which the Princess is patron.
Representatives of the four organisations – The Alzheimer’s Society, London Philharmonic Choir, Music for Life at Wigmore Hall, and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra – were all present at the event, hosted by 81-year-old Alexandra. The concert was held to recognise especially the power of music on dementia sufferers and took place in the palace’s ballroom.
The Princess has been patron of the Alzheimer’s Society for 18 years. The organisation aims to improve the care of those suffering with Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Music for Life at Wigmore Hall is another organisation which The Queen’s cousin is patron. The scheme is designed to support those suffering with Alzheimer’s by providing therapeutic workshops.
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) was founded in 1893, and in 2014 won the Bachtrack’s World’s Favourite Orchestra contest, in which 383 different international orchestras were a part. BSO’s participation group ‘Boost’ often hosts specialist concerts for people living with dementia. Meanwhile, the London Philharmonic Choir compromises of over 200 members and was founded in 1946. Musicians from both orchestras took part in the palace concert.
Before the event got underway in the palace ballroom, Princess Alexandra greeted her guests in the Picture Gallery. Performances included Wigmore Hall’s ‘Singing with Friends’ choir and Croydon-based ‘Singing for the Brain’.
Princess Alexandra is Her Majesty’s cousin, and daughter of Prince George, Duke of Kent, who was the younger brother of King George VI. The Princess’s father died in a military plane crash in 1942, aged just 39. Her brother, Prince Edward, succeeded to the Dukedom at just six years old.
Lady Ogilvy – Alexandra’s lesser title taken from her late husband – is a passionate advocate of doing all that’s possible to help those suffering with dementia, and has attended multiple events in the past to raise awareness of the issue. Last year, the Princess attended the Alzheimer’s Society’s annual People Awards ceremony, at St James’s Palace, which provided a chance for the Alzheimer’s Society to celebrate the incredible contributions people make through work and volunteering.
— Alzheimer’s Society (@alzheimerssoc) February 13, 2018