Tuesday, 10 February 2015

.... boogie nights........

Those of you who have been followers of Les Soeurs Anglaises for some time and have either been receiving our newsletters or following our blog, might be a little intrigued to learn that we are adding a string to our bow this year -  a musical fête!.  In the past we have held the occasional concert in our wonderful studio barn with its superb acoustics, but as we recently became sponsors of Women for Women International UK, a charity which supports women facing violence, marginalisation, and poverty as a result of war and conflict, it is with great pleasure that we have decided to host a Fête de Boogie Woogie in July of this year, to raise funds for them.

The highlight of the weekend will be an exclusive Gala Evening featuring renowned American and European pianist/saxophonist, Deanna Bogart, and sensational 20 year old German pianist, Luca Sestek, (both recording artists) at a gourmet dinner created and cooked by Sven-Hanson Britt, 2014 MasterChef: the Professionals finalist.  To quote Jonathan McAloon of The Telegraph newspaper"When London chef Sven-Hanson Britt filled a glass teapot with consommé, you knew he deserved the Masterchef title. He has been by far the best throughout the competition, but in this moment he became the chef he was always destined to be."  

Accommodation, meals including the Gourmet Dinner and Buffet Sunday Lunch prepared by Sven-Britt, accompanied by great wines, vintage Champagne and Dessert Wine tastings, continental breakfasts and other meals, plus local transport is included in the price (fares to and from France not included); as well, of course, as all the wonderful, live Boogie Woogie music both at the Gourmet Dinner and at the public concert by the musicians the following evening at the nearby town of Riberac..  
Meanwhile, we are currently sponsoring a year-long WfWI training course in South Sudan, where two of the Les Soeurs team were born. As a business run by women, we are delighted to be supporting such a worthwhile charity as Women for Women International, which offers women survivors of war the training and skills to ensure a sustainable future, and our aim with the Fête de Boogie Woogie is to raise £20,000 for them to continue their work helping  women survivors of war to rebuild their lives.  We would particularly welcome any of our past participants, newsletter and blog readers who might enjoy an exceptional combination of great music, food and vintage wines, and it could be the perfect opportunity to introduce a partner or friend to our celebrated venue and hospitality whilst supporting such a worthy cause.  But be warned:  We can only accommodate a limited number of residential guests so don't leave it too late to book if you want to be sure of being a part of this special weekend.

There is more information about the Fête de Boogie Woogie, the artists, and incredible food and vintage wines that we will be serving, on our website but do contact us directly if you have any questions.  (Tickets for the Saturday night concert only will soon be available on Eventbrite.)