I was asked to photograph a Harvard Business School reunion over a 3 day period at various locations and capture the atmosphere of the event. It was hosted by Anthony Fry who is the former Chief Executive of the Premier League and was attended by business leaders from around the world.
The first event was last Thursday (7th Sept) at St Cyriac's Church in Lacock where the group would be entertained by The Sixteen, a world renowned choir and period-instrument orchestra, with their conductor Harry Christophers CBE. They have performed all around the world at venues such as the Syndey Opera House, the Barbican and Cité de la musique, and on TV with BBC Proms and Sacred Music. It's not my preferred genre of music but the sound was utterly mesmerising and gave me goosebumps. As I watched the onlooking audience I could see people with their eyes closed as they were absorbing every pitch perfect note. It's easy to see why they are so highly regarded. See for yourself here.
Little did we know that Johnny Depp, Eddie Redmayne and Jude Law were also in Lacock at the same time filming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2!
On Friday we were back at very familiar grounds for me, the Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel. The group started off with William Makower, Founder and Trustee of The National Funding Scheme to discuss charities in the UK and show some hand made silver and gold antiques from his family business.
Chairman of Marston's and non-executive director of the FA, Roger Devlin, spoke next about the state of sport in the world today what with the power houses of Sky and BT dominating television rights and players ever-increasing salaries. Being a football man I did have to hold back from chipping in with my thoughts on occasion! Some fascinating insights from both Mr Devlin and Anthony Fry who are both closely connected with this subject.
Other topics of discussion were Brexit, Immigration, Slavery, Finance, Politics and Technology. Safe to say I learned a lot that day! In the backdrop of all of this were 'mood boards' being created by Matthew and Jenni who were brought to illustrate everyone's ideas, which they did so brilliantly.
After a quick group shot of everyone from the balcony of The Grange and the afternoon round up of the day I managed to grab people as they were leaving for a quick portrait.
Sunday was a relaxed gathering for a BBQ at The Rising Sun in Lacock where the group met for the last time before heading home. Anthony had bought his family along and we managed to get some beautiful shots them together before everyone headed inside to eat (the weather was a bit chilly for the Australians and Brazillians in the group!).
It was a privilege to spend time with this amazing group of people who meet every few years to discuss world events and what they can do to help people.
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More photos from the 3 days below....