The charity was born following HRH Prince Harry’s gap year to Lesotho in 2004. The organisation helps vulnerable children in the country get the support they need to lead healthy and productive lives, and works with local grassroots organisations to help the children who are victims of extreme poverty and Lesotho’s HIV/AIDS epidemic.
A host of performers took to the stage for fans, including Coldplay, Nico & Vinz, Laura Mvula, George The Poet, Joss Stone and a choir of 12 children, supported through Sentebale’s work, who flew in specially from Lesotho, Africa.
It is the first time a public concert has taken place on the East Front lawns, and the biggest event held at Kensington Palace. Almost 1,000 guests enjoyed hospitality over the Orangery and State Apartments with food provided by Rhubarb.
Alex Donnelly-Palmer, Events and Operations Manager at Kensington Palace, comments: “This was a fantastic event for us, and a first in the events history of Kensington Palace. Our whole team as well as our suppliers worked incredibly hard to ensure the concert’s success, and protect our Grade I listed venue. We are delighted with the results, and proud of the fact that guests not only supported Sentebale, but played their part in contributing to the future of Kensington Palace.”
Quote from Cathy Ferrier, CEO of Sentebale: “The world has committed to ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 but ignorance and misunderstanding continues to undermine those efforts. Stigma, discrimination and lack of education about HIV/AIDS means young people in Africa are increasingly dying when AIDS-related deaths are in decline for all other age groups. Together we have an opportunity to end an epidemic that has defined public health for a generation but it won’t go away unless we act now. The Sentebale concert is all about bringing people together to make a difference.”
The team at Kensington Palace worked closely with Sentebale, Loudsound, The Royal Parks, Royal Household and AEG, and conducted scientific sound testing to ensure care of the fabric of the building, as well as considering its position in a residential area.
Historic Royal Palaces is an independent charity that also looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland. Historic Royal Palaces reinvests income raised from commercial activities including private and corporate events in conserving and maintaining the palaces, to keep them open for all to enjoy.