The Roundhouse Gala 2015

Arden Entertainment was delighted to join the action at the 2015 Roundhouse Gala on Thursday 19th March.

A star-studded crowd gathered to bid on fabulous auction lots generously donated by artists and musicians such as Damien Hirst, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles, while musical entertainment was provided by Ronnie Wood, Kelly Jones & Adam Zindani of Stereophonics, Jamie Cullum, Sharleen Spiteri and Eliza Dolittle.

Edith Bowman hosted the Lavazza-sponsored event and began by introducing introduced Arden’s great pal Sally Wood, who chaired the Gala Committee and helped raise an amazing £1million for the Roundhouse’s charitable work with 11-25 year olds.  Congratulations Sally!

Each year, the Roundhouse works with 3,000 young people helping them to realise their potential through creativity. Through various projects in music, media and performing arts, the Roundhouse works with many disadvantaged young people to help them find pathways back into education, employment or simply to enjoy a wider cultural life.

(Ps. There might also have been an appearance from a shy and retiring chap called Jeremy Clarkson…)

More images can be seen on the Roundhouse blog.

Original article:

The biennial event takes place on Thursday 19th March 2015 and helps raise vital funds to provide life-changing opportunities for thousands of young people each year. For more information click here.

The Roundhouse is renowned as a music and performance venue, perhaps best known for its role in shaping London’s cultural landscape in the 1960s and ‘70s, hosting wild parties and launching the careers of some of the most legendary names in rock ‘n’ roll.

Today, we’re recognised as one of London’s best places to see live music; an architecturally unique setting that attracts major artists such as Bob Dylan,

Lady Gaga and Jay-Z and at the same time offers an unusual, intimate audience experience. We’ve also established a reputation as the London home of contemporary circus, hosting the likes of NoFit State and Circolombia.

What fewer people know is that the Roundhouse works with over 3,000 11-25 year-olds every year, supporting them to reach their creative potential by offering them opportunities in music, media and the performing arts – This is the founding concept on which the reinvented Roundhouse was built and the reason behind everything we do.

We believe that participation in arts activity unlocks young people’s creative skills, empathy, knowledge and self-confidence, and that this will help them to live fulfilling lives and contribute in a positive way to society. By offering a range of programmes and projects across art forms and at various levels of engagement we ensure that any 11-25 year old who wants to be involved in a creative activity can find something to capture his or her imagination at the Roundhouse.

Whether young people come for a day, a week or a year, there’s a wide range of activities on offer – including weekly term-time and holiday projects, masterclasses, one-off workshops, ongoing training and performance projects, and studio access. Participants are offered unparalleled opportunities to work with amazing professional artists and tutors and with other young people in an inspiring space with high-quality facilities.

With 20% of London’s 16-24 year olds not in employment, education or training the need for our programme is greater than ever. We do whatever we can to break down barriers to participation and deliver tailored outreach programmes that target those who are disengaged and disadvantaged. We also have a dedicated specialised advice service which offers practical and emotional support as well as information on training and employment opportunities.

The Roundhouse is a charity and needs to raise £2m every year to fund this dedicated and diverse programme. By supporting the Roundhouse Gala you are making a huge difference to this work.


“Before I got involved at the Roundhouse I was a shy local boy who’d been expelled from school and didn’t have a clue what I wanted to do, be or say. At first I came to some of the weekend music workshops and later I signed up to a performing arts course.

During my time at the Roundhouse I was shown that the arts are for me too, and that my voice and politic were valid ones and ones that could be expressed, however I felt. The Roundhouse’s best distinction is that it not only enabled me to become a performer, but also encouraged me to develop and carve out a career for myself in the arts.” Case Study: Scottee

“The Roundhouse is a fantastic place for young people to meet and gain a whole host of technical skills which are simply unavailable or unaffordable elsewhere.” Bloomberg Broadcast Volunteer Programme Participant

“You can explore different sides of the arts and build the skills you need.” Phoenix, 24, Musician, Performer and Producer

“You get opportunities to do things you never would have been able to otherwise.” Saachi, 17, Singer-songwriter