Diana Memorial Concert Raises £75,000
Date: 13 November 1997
A charity gala concert that was due to be attended by Diana, Princess of Wales, became a memorial concert in honour attended by the Queen last night. An audience of 3,000 turned out at the Royal Festival Hall for the event which raised an estimated £75,000 for the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children and the Royal Academy of Music's 175th Anniversary. The programme of Mozart, performed by the Academy's Sinfonia and conducted by Sir Colin Davis, was altered to reflect the changed mood. A violin concerto and symphony were dropped in favour of the composer's requiem. Soloist Lynne Dawson, who sang part of the Verdi Requiem at Diana's funeral, took part. This was the first occasion since the Princess death that the Queen has taken her place. No decision has yet been taken on who will replace her patronage on a more permanent basis.
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