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APRIL 2014

Dear Corporate Partners Spring is in the air! Thank you to new and renewing members and for the flurry of activity at the start of the year including: daytime meetings and conference bookings, private dinners, show-related receptions, confirmed Gala sponsors, networking and volunteer teams. The range of business involvement at the theatre is as wide as our artistic repertoire.


And it all helps support HIPPODROME PLUS, our Education, Access, Community and free outdoor performance work as well as keeping YOUR business in the spotlight.


See you at a show very soon.


Judith Greenburgh, Corporate Development Manager T 0121 689 3082

Paul Zerdin creates panto fun for the audience at the Hippodrome’s first ever Relaxed Performance

Looking for the ideal client entertaining opportunity? Look no further than the fabulous new show announcements in our latest brochure.

MEMBERSHIPS - NEW AND RENEWING MEMBERS Performance Partners: Jones Lang LaSalle, Associate Partners: ACE European Group, Birmingham Metropolitan College, Leading Ladies: Associate sponsor - FleetMilne Property, Members: Artis Legal, Key Recruitment. We are delighted to announce the following renewals - Performance Partner: Barclays, Brewin Dolphin, Deloitte, Associate Partner: Index Wealth Management, Platnauer.


In association with Members include: Artis Legal Holiday Inn Key University Hospitals Birmingham

Supported by AVA Events Styling and Vivienne Bailey Photography

GOOD COMPANY CLUB Barques Design Ltd Emprima Fosco Hayes Hurdley Ltd Hallfield School Professional Polishing Ltd Schofield and Associates Squire Sanders Staying Cool Thomas Walker Global Ltd


Young Carers

Queensbury Capers

Other projects supported by business include: Relaxed Performance

One of a Kind Sacred Heart School Welcome to Our World Loving Me with Women and Theatre

Contact Us....

Call Judith Greenburgh, Corporate Development Manager to start a conversation that puts your business in the spotlight. Direct dial: 0121 689 3082 Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Trust Limited, Hurst Street, Southside, Birmingham, B5 4TB Registered Charity Number 510842 www.birminghamhippo

“We are delighted to be supporting Gala 2014, the most prestigious fundraising event in the Hippodrome’s calendar and one with true wow-factor.” Hatch Mansfield & Champagne Taittinger

NEWS BUSINESS SUPPORTS RELAXED START TO 2014! Led by a substantial donation from IMI plc, a string of city businesses supported our first ever Relaxed Performance at this year’s sensational pantomime. Around 800 people enjoyed this specially-adapted performance aimed at patrons with autism, a learning disability or sensory and communication disorder. IMI was the major corporate donor in our successful Big Give campaign which raised over £11,000 to help ensure that the foyer areas were transformed with special signage and break-out rooms including a soft play area and a sensory room featuring some wonderful interactive pieces including two passive bubble tubes.

Hippodrome was useful and very interesting meaning that we all got even more out of the experience”. Performance Partner, Wesleyan played their part by inviting a group of beneficiaries from Birmingham Children’s Hospital to enjoy the afternoon. If YOUR business wants to get involved in next year’s Relaxed Performance at Jack and the Beanstalk on 29 Jan 2015 call Judith on 0121 689 3082.

IMI’s Will Shaw said “The success of the Hippodrome’s Relaxed Performance is thoroughly deserved. It is very pleasing to know that IMI’s support has contributed to such a worthwhile cause and innovative event, and we are delighted that other businesses have chosen to follow suit.” Other corporate donors included Grant Thornton and Squire Sanders who attended a reception on the day to see at first hand the transformational impact an experience of this kind can have on sufferers and their families. Solicitors Irwin Mitchell were even more hands-on and sent a team of staff volunteers to work alongside the theatre’s Front of House team. They got into the spirit of the day by wearing sparkling glittery hats, welcoming families and handing out sensory toys to visitors. Irwin Mitchell volunteer Hayley Hill commented, “I was on a real ‘high’ at the end of the afternoon. Attending the training provided by the

L-R Irwin Mitchell volunteer Kate Newbold helps a young audience member get the most out of the Relaxed Performance

“The variety of entertainment packages available at the Hippodrome makes it appealing for corporate events and for use by our team members with their families. We find there is a show to suit every taste and a level of formality to suit any occasion. It’s a great place to entertain and be entertained.” Calthorpe Estates

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LA TOUR LEADS LINE UP AT GALA 2014 We are delighted to confirm Hotel La Tour as a headline Gala cosponsor. The sparkling event will take place in the unique setting of the theatre’s grand stage on Sat 10 May. All proceeds from the evening will support HIPPODROME PLUS, the new brand name for the theatre’s inspiring Education, Access, Community and free outdoor performance work.  Hotel La Tour Managing Director Jane Schofield and General Manager Adrian Colman joined Birmingham Hippodrome Chief Executive Stuart Griffiths to enjoy a rare view of the auditorium from the stage in advance of the dazzling fundraising event. 


BUSINESS APPLAUSE FOR CURTAIN RAISER Director Matthew Bourne joined Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Development Trust Chair Mark Smith, corporate patrons and city business representatives at a reception for this year’s Curtain Raiser and a performance of his iconic Swan Lake. Now in its fifth year the Curtain Raiser has established itself as one of the most exciting education projects in the Hippodrome Plus calendar. An all male line-up of student dancers from Birmingham Ormiston Academy, Stratford College and Walsall Academy stunned the packed house with an original piece of dance created by an all female line-up of young choreographers before the main show.


SWEATY SWANS, BIKING DANCERS & NETBALL BIBS Where else would you find such a combination? Only at Leading Ladies of course! Matthew Bourne Swan Lake cast members divulged some unusual rehearsal secrets to 70 guests at the first event of the year. That secret is netball bibs! In rehearsal the all male line-up of swans are referred to by number only and each wears a netballstyle bib as identification. Who knew?! To add to the excitement of the evening, Jonny Ollivier, Lead Swan’s unfortunate last-minute injury was Leading Ladies gain as he arrived, feathers unruffled but wearing biker boots, to join the conversation and strike a pose! Thank you to all our Leading Ladies who helped raise over £1700 in support of Hippodrome Plus.

Mark Lee, Calthorpe Estates

Staff from Curtain Raiser participant Birmingham Ormiston Academy

L-R Hotel La Tour’s Adrian Colman joins Hippodrome’s Stuart Griffiths and Hotel La Tour Managing Director Jane Schofield on stage

Jane Schofield said: “The on-going partnership since 2013 with the Hippodrome has proved enormously successful for us and we are thrilled to be part of this very special event. Both businesses are part of the city’s incredible visitor offer and we are committed to being at the forefront of that positive story.” Hippodrome Chief Executive Stuart Griffiths added: “It’s great to be working with Jane and her team again. The generous support of Hotel La Tour means that we can achieve our aim of providing inspirational theatre experiences throughout the community.  This will be the fifth time we have run this special event on our stage, with funds raised grossing nearly £400,000 since 2005 going directly to supporting the theatre.” The sponsor line-up also includes law firm Shakespeares who are generously sponsoring the live auction which, once again, is in the capable hands of CP Bigwood’s Rory Daly. Matthew Clark and Champagne Taittinger will ensure the evening gets off to a spectacularly fizzy start at the sponsored reception. 

Amy Maclean Swan Publishing. Jackie Hendley Smith Cooper, Debbie Liburne Brewin Dolphin Julia Willoughby WPR, Suzanne Barnes SBDP, Kerry Biggin New Adventures, Alison Haigh SBDP, Jamie- Emma MacDonald New Adventures, Liam Mower New Adventures Staff from Curtain Raiser participant Stratford College

Richard McCarthy Deutsche Bank, Matthew Bourne, Lucy Becque Deutsche Bank

Lesley Wilde Wilde PR, Sara Fowler EY, Jayne Devlin Devlin Consulting L-R, Matthew Bourne, PwC’s Mark Smith and Hippodrome’s Stuart Griffiths

Plans are well underway to welcome nearly 300 guests from cross-sector city businesses who can anticipate some trademark Hippodrome surprises and a fabulous night of specially commissioned entertainment and the opportunity to bid for some remarkable prizes.

Lead Swan Jonny Ollivier strikes a pose

Emma Sherry Lord Accounting & Finance, Elisabeth Jones DAC Beachcroft, Fiona Alexander University Hospitals Birmingham



This prestigious event has attracted international fans who will spend a week experiencing everything the city of Birmingham has to offer as well as an intensive week of stunning opera.

Don’t miss out

ADD A FIZZY TWIST TO YOUR NETWORKING Michael Hibbs of Shakespeares, Gala 2014 Charity Auction Sponsor

We are looking for business support for Curtain Raiser 2015. If you want to find out more about this remarkable project please contact Judith on 0121 689 3082.

“Leading Ladies Network is an opportunity to meet like-minded individuals and there is always a special treat in store. The events are good fun with good food, good company and excellent performances.” Artis Legal


Single opera tickets are NOW ON SALE for the once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience The Mariinsky Theatre’s production of Richard Wagner’s The Ring Cycle (5-9Nov). This is the ideal opportunity to entertain clients who know and love their opera.

Get the date in your clients’ diaries TUE 9 SEP



• Nothing can keep Performance Partner Lloyds down! 30 team members celebrated the office Christmas party at this year’s panto (oh no they didn’t!). Lloyds returned later in the run with senior customers, including Gala major prize donor, Forest Holidays and had a chance to get close to the set and props during a backstage tour. ......................................................................................... • Many congratulations to Ruth Pipkin of Rewired PR and Leading Ladies sponsor who is expecting her first baby. Sporting a stylish bump at the first network event of the year Ruth said “I’m over the moon but sorry to be missing the Taittinger Tasting for obvious reasons!” ................................................................................ • ‘Capt’ Tim Andrews is making a Hollywood Monster size splash in support of HIPPODROME PLUS at this year’s Gala by generously offering to host 8 lucky prizewinners for a personally skippered day cruise on the splendidly named Tin Drum ‘Aye aye Capt!’ ........................................................................................ • Not to be outdone Barclays’ Ray O’Donoghue and daughter Chloe spent a day with Qdos pantomime Company Manager Paul Bouchier as part of a Behind-the-Scenes fundraising prize and mixed with the cast. Ray even managed to do a little on-set test driving in the Dame’s buggy, the likes of which have not been seen on Top Gear! .................................................................................. • HSBC Corporate continued their longstanding involvement with the UK’s largest pantomime inviting 200 pupils from their Midlands Schoolbanks partners to a performance. A lucky handful from Kineton Green School met popular celebrities Danielle Hope & Gok Wan. HSBC’s Lucy Bond and Ann Lowe picked up a few styling tips at the same time!

Leading Ladies partner Champagne Taittinger is offering an exclusive Tutorial and Tasting for members on Thu 5 Jun. Take advantage of this networking opportunity with a fizzy twist and book your place NOW with Rosie on 0121 689 3068.


There are exciting opportunities for partnerships surrounding this extraordinary event. We encourage top end business, wealth management and luxury retail partners to join us on the incredible journey. For further details call Judith on 0121 689 3082

“Our regular meetings are hosted impeccably by the Hippodrome. It’s a creative venue that inspires creative discussion and lively meetings.” Chamberlain Club

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