accessibility & help

FUSE and Britain’s Got Talent star to perform at British Red Cross Gala Ball

Tuesday 9 June  2009
For further information please contact
Laura Hinks
telephone: 0044(0)207 877 7463 / 07921 493 560 (07659 145 095 out of hours), email:

Electric violinists FUSE and Britain’s Got Talent star Julian Smith are set to perform at the British Red Cross International Fundraising Committee Gala Ball tomorrow (10 June). The Birmingham saxophonist, runner-up in the ITV talent show last week, will join Linzi Stoppard and Ben Lee (FUSE) and award-winning comedian Omid Djalili on the bill at the IFC Gala Ball.

Guests will attend a reception and dinner at one of a selection of Ambassadors’ residences before being taken to the Hyatt Regency London The Churchill Hotel for entertainment, dancing and the chance to bid for exclusive and unattainable items at an auction, which will raise money for the international life-saving work of the British Red Cross.

The theme this year is ‘A Celebration of Life’ and the gala ball will bring together influential people from across the world. Confirmed guests include Anne Robinson, Sir Trevor Nunn and European Royals.

Julian Smith wowed the judges during Britain’s Got Talent with Piers Morgan describing him as “the coolest contestant” that has ever appeared on the show. FUSE are duo Linzi Stoppard (daughter-in-law of Sir Tom Stoppard) and Ben Lee, the most innovative and in demand string act for a generation. FUSE began 2009 as the act opening for the New Year's Day London Parade immediately after the Queen's New Year message. Their performance was broadcast to more than 300 million viewers on 750 international TV stations around the world. Comedian Omid Djalili is acclaimed as one of Britain’s funniest stand-up comedians as has also appeared in films including ‘The Mummy’ and ‘Gladiator’. 

This year’s auction prizes include a glamorous stay in Paris, including tickets to the Christian Lacroix Haute Couture show at Paris fashion week in July and a weekend for four touring the glories of the Veneto in Italy with television presenter and architect expert Francesco da Mosto.

Guests are due to arrive at the Hyatt Regency London The Churchill Hotel, 30 Portman Square, London W1H 7BH from 9pm.

All money raised from the Gala Ball will fund the vital work of the British Red Cross in the UK and around the world, which recently has included aid work in Darfur, relief efforts for the thousands of people affected by cholera and food shortages in Zimbabwe and fund-raising for those affected by the Italian earthquake and Australian bushfires.

Notes to editors
Media wanting to attend must contact Laura Hinks at or 07921 493560. Interview opportunities are available.
For more information about FUSE please visit or contact John Stanford,

The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies.

We enable vulnerable people in the UK and abroad to prepare for and withstand emergencies in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, we help them to recover and move on with their lives.