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Annual Garden Party & Fingask Follies Musical Review
31 May, 2018 @ 18:00 - 20:00 CEST
THE OXFORD AND CAMBRIDGE GARDEN PARTY
The British Ambassador, Lord Llewellyn of Steep, has very kindly welcomed the Oxford and Cambridge Societies of Paris and their guests to the British Embassy for their annual garden party. This is particularly generous given the current complicated programme of renovation of the Residence.
By tradition, the organisation of the Garden Party alternates between the two Universities. This year it is our turn, Cambridge, and I am happy to say that we have managed to persuade the wonderful Fingask Follies to leave the UK for the first time ever, to provide the entertainment at the start of the evening.
Fingask Follies began in 1996 when Andrew Threipland, the new owner of Fingask Castle, decided to reinstate his ancestors’ tradition of drawing room entertainment, and they have been running ever since. A revue marvelously in keeping with the elegance of the Embassy and in true Garden Party style.
Invariably in the same format, but with a different theme each year, Fingask Follies consists of four professional singers, two actors and a piano. Slick, funny and thought provoking. Cole Porter, Flanders and Swan, Milton and Mozart, new and old. The theme: Battles Great and Small.
Most of the Follies Summer Tour has already sold out, so we are incredibly lucky to have them here in Paris. “Hooray for the Follies: you add to the sum of human happiness.’
Now, to practical details: the Garden Party will take place from 6.30pm (sharp) to 9.00pm, with champagne and canapes, on Thursday 31st May at the British Ambassador’s Residence, 39 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris.
Ticket Prices are as follows:
- €75 per person for members and one guest
- €55 per person for members under 30 and one (under 30) guest
- €85 per person for additional guests and non-members
Not to put too fine a point on it, there is likely to be a considerable pressure on tickets. Happily, we have many more members than hitherto, Fingask Follies are well known and incredibly popular, and the Embassy refurbishment programme will restrict numbers. This means that tickets will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and you will be sent confirmation that a place is reserved for you on receipt of your booking.
To apply for tickets, please complete the attached Application Form and send this to the Cambridge Society Hon Sec, Tony Banton, with payment by cheque or bank transfer, by no later than Friday 18th May.
For security reasons, the Embassy has requested a list of names in advance, and you will need to show your passport or ID card for proof of identity, at the Residence gate.
This is traditionally an enjoyable evening and a prestigious event in our season. The Embassy and its gardens are superlative and, with the added attraction of Fingask Follies, we hope that you will leave “with a song in your heart and a new idea in your head” .. but none of this unless you book your tickets early!
It will be wonderful to see as many members as possible, particularly our numerous (and highly welcome) new members.
With very best wishes,
President, Cambridge Society of Paris