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Mon, May 22


St. Marks & St. Andrews School

MVWI - May Meeting - Music & Opera with lestyn Edwards (Earlier start of 19.30)

This month for our regular monthly Iestyn Edwards will be returning with Music & Opera

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MVWI - May Meeting  - Music & Opera with lestyn Edwards (Earlier start of 19.30)
MVWI - May Meeting  - Music & Opera with lestyn Edwards (Earlier start of 19.30)

Time & Location

May 22, 2023, 7:30 PM GMT+1

St. Marks & St. Andrews School, Maple Road, Surbiton KT6 4AL


About the Event

Please RSVP to this event PLEASE NOTE THE EARLIER START OF 19.30

By popular demand,  Iestyn Edwards. will be returning to entertain us further with more stories and music & opera.

Iestyn Edwards is an Olivier Award winning, Guildhall trained opera singer, international headliner, after dinner speaker and author of My Tutu Went AWOL.

With opera and dance, he tells how being overheard singing in a converted Suffolk police lockup led to an after dinner recital for Her Majesty on H.M.S. Victory – at the invitation of Admiral Lord West – and then to a misguided tour dancing Sugar Plum around the warzones of Iraq and Afghanistan.

MoD reports described it as an honourable exchange when a fuming Royal Marines Commando hoicked Iestyn offstage by his tutu under-wiring to stuff him in a tank’s hull.

Just as the insurgents started shelling…

The talk has been given after dinner for all the senior members of the British royal family, Prince Faisal Bin Salman, The Friends of the Royal Opera House, The National Maritime Museum, Olympia, Her Majesty’s Intelligence Corps, The Waldorf Hotel, Scarfe’s Bar, Home House, The Barbican, Royal Albert Hall, et al

‘A rare and perfect synthesis of art and larkiness.’ The Times

‘Achingly funny.’ Daily Mail

‘We gave the talk an A grading – Excellent.  Highly informative, hilarious – and a friendly speaker. And that voice!’ U3a Hadleigh.

‘Only the divinely unique Iestyn Edwards could be in a tutu in war-zones and talk about it so perfectly. Fascinating, moving and completely hilarious.’ Miranda Hart

‘Extremely funny - and fascinating. An enchanting and unlikely mixture of showbiz memoir, war reportage and bromantic comedy.’ ***** Piers Torday

‘An hour and twenty-four minutes of corporate sponsor crowd ‘requests’ – has to be some sort of record?’

Cheltenham Festival

‘Thank you for being so fab and bringing your brilliant talk here.’ Cambridge Festival

‘Our eyes and ears in those warzones. Spreads a bow wave of happiness and silliness. A unique and fabulous diva with the voice of an angel.’ Joanna Lumley.

‘The most informative, most brilliant event of the Off the Shelf festival!’ Professor Vanessa Toulmin,

Sheffield Head of Engagement.

‘A stone-cold highlight of Wilderness and then Sunday Papers Live. LOVE LOVE LOVE Iestyn.’ Ben de Vere

‘It doesn’t come any better than this.’ Ruby Wax

‘They – we – loved you!’ Lichfield Festival

‘Following on from the triumphant response to his talk at Olympia, we had to have him in the shop to talk, dance and sing…incredibly!’ Stanford’s Travel Bookshop.

NFWI Meeting Recommendations

While COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted, we will still be taking precautions to reduce the risk of transmission during physical events:

· If you are symptomatic of COVID-19, please do not attend any physical event. If you test positive you must inform the Secretary or President.

· Members who are clinically at high-risk are advised to decide carefully whether attending face-to-face is a safe option for them in the chosen venue and situation.

· Members are encouraged to continue to wear masks when attending the meeting if they wish to do so, but this is not obligatory (unless specified by the venue). Please respect the choices made by the attendees in this regard.

· All members attending are advised to bring hand-sanitiser with them and to use it at regular intervals during the event.

· Members are advised to bring their own packet of appropriate wipes to wipe surfaces in venue toilets.

· Please note that the names and contact details of all attendees will be recorded to ensure that in the event we are notified of a positive Covid-19 test either from a Member or the Venue we will notify all of the attendees.

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