On Thursday I was privileged enough to provide the floral installations for the showcase concert of Alicia Lowes, Soprano, in aid of Hope and Homes for children, a truly inspirational charity that is well on it’s way to wiping out all orphanages within our life time, which took place at The Holy Trinity Church on Sloane Square.
The commission was for a simple, pretty arrangement at the front of the church where Alicia would be standing for the majority of her recital, and for a smaller welcoming arrangement at the door in a classic green and white colour pallet.
For the foliage and body of the two large urn arrangements I chose to use beech. I love the sharp fresh green of the softly crinkled leaves at this time of year, there really is nothing else like it.
I then used white roses, delphiniums, flax, stocks, green hydrangea and closed cup white peonies as my flowers. Delphiniums are the most wonderful flowers to use within such arrangements, they create a magnificent amount of hight, and structure with great ease, they also come in a beautiful variety of colours, including and bright royal purple that I am quite obsessed with.
For the display at the entrance I simply used the same flowers as in the two urns but without the foliage. Using different heights and embracing their different textures.
I was fortunate enough to attend the concert that evening to witness the displays in action but also to be struck with wonder and the pure angelic quality of Alicia’s voice. There is no way on this earth to do it’s beauty justice through description, so if you would like to know more about Alicia, and hear a few clips of her work you can do so here.
I was brought to tears at least three time throughout the performance, and was balling like a baby by the time the last song, The Lord Bless You and Keep You, by John Rutter, was sung, being of particular significance to me.
I would like to thank Lissy for allowing me to be part of such a special evening, and I hope she likes the bouquet I provided. It really is saying something that being introduced to Prince Harry wasn’t the highlight of my evening.