The Russian Debutante Ball will take place in London, at the Grosvenor House in Park Lane, on November 19th 2016, providing an opportunity to mingle with the top Russian business community and establish useful contacts.
The glittering event that celebrates the cultural and historical links between Great Britain and Russia, will be attended by Admiral Lord West, former Parliamentary under-secretary of state at the British Home Office, wearing full naval uniform.
Under the patronage of HH Princess Olga Romanoff, great niece of Tsar Nicholas II who was executed in 1918, the ball promises to be an even more glittering event than previous years.
Stellar musical performances
The legendary opening ceremony performed by sixty debutantes and their partners - choreographed by Leonid Pletnev, honorary president of the International Dance Union - will be introduced by a unique musical performance never seen before in London.
Award-winning Russian violinist Yury Revich will be playing on a Stradivarius - one of the few surviving legendary18th century violins worth over £ 3 million – while Maria Yakovleva, prima ballerina of the Vienna State Opera, will perform the famous ballet The Dying Swan by Saint Saens.
Soprano Yulia Mazurova, soloist at The Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, is amongst other world class performers who will entertain the guests during this magical evening
Champagne and caviar reception and gala dinner
Before the much awaited opening ceremony, guests will be treated to the best Russian black caviar by Mottra and French champagne during a glitzy reception. Menu for the gala dinner, specially created by Grosvenor House’s executive chef, will be accompanied by fine wines, while generous shots of Ivan the Terrible vodka will delight those with a taste for something stronger.
The Russian Debutante Ball supports the charity Chance for Life that provides care for disadvantaged children in Russian orphanages.
The event is organised by ESM Event Management. The company, founded by Dr Elisabeth Smagin-Melloni, has been staging glittering balls in Europe and Russia for the past twelve years. The Viennese Ball in Moscow and the Moscow Ball in Vienna are the longest established ones, and others followed in Kiev, Almaty, Rome, Montreux, Biarritz and more recently in Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic.