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  • 10th Round Prize-winners Dinner at Guildhall 26 February 2014

    Story posted 08 April 2016

    On 26 February 2014, the Royal Anniversary Trust hosted a celebration dinner at Guildhall to mark the recognition of the twenty Prize-winning universities and colleges of further education in round ten of The Queen's Anniversary Prizes. 

    Kieran Poynter, Chairman of the Royal Anniversary Trust welcomed the 400 guests and The Rt Hon Oliver Letwin MP, Minister for Government Policy at the Cabinet Office, spoke about the criteria underpinning the award: excellence, innovation and impact. You can read the speeches here and here.


    In between courses and as a finale for the evening the Guildhall Singers from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama performed arias from operas by Delibes, Offenbach, Carmen, and Donizetti. 

    The Armed Forces provided ceremonial support in the form of trumpet fanfares by The Band of the Life Guards and a piper from F Company Scots Guards played the Regimental Lament at the close of the evening.

    Trust guests included the Chancellors and Chairs, Vice-Chancellors and Principals of the institutions and a wide range of academic colleagues, friends and representatives from all walks of UK life.


    Also providing event services on the night – table service and escorting guests  – were hospitality students from MidKent College (“The Frontline Service”); Canterbury College; Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College; and Waltham Forest College. Catering was by Seasoned Events, part of the Crown Group of companies.