Enjoy glitz and glamour at Portsmouth Guildhall’s Black and White Ball next month

The Rockabellas. Picture: Portsmouth Guildhall
The Rockabellas. Picture: Portsmouth Guildhall

ONE of the city’s top landmarks will play host to a glamorous, one-off evening of wining and dining in a bid to fund its ambitious Renaissance Project.

City residents are invited to dance the night away at Portsmouth Guildhall’s Black and White Ball on Friday, October 19. 

Computer generated images of the Portsmouth Cultural Trust's plans for the Guildhall as part of its Renaissance scheme. Picture: Hemingway Design

Computer generated images of the Portsmouth Cultural Trust's plans for the Guildhall as part of its Renaissance scheme. Picture: Hemingway Design

The lavish fixture will welcome black-tie revellers through the venue’s great bronze doors into a complimentary drinks reception, before they take their seats for a three-course dinner – prepared on-site using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients by the Guildhall’s award-winning chefs.

After dinner, style-savvy vintage trio The Rockabellas will command the dance floor – performing songs dating back from the bygone era of the 1930s to today. 

Boasting a catalogue of previous performances at the FA Cup Final, The Jonathan Ross Show, Battle of the Proms and BBC Radio 2 and 4, Black and White Ball organisers anticipate the group’s ‘killer heels, curves and harmonies’ will be a ‘singing sensation’.

As well as keeping diners on their toes, The Rockabellas’ melodic efforts will  raise funds for the Renaissance of the Guildhall, in particular the new Guildhall Studio which is due to launch later this Autumn.

Computer generated images of the Guildhall Studio, set to open this autumn. Picture: Hemingway Design

Computer generated images of the Guildhall Studio, set to open this autumn. Picture: Hemingway Design

As previously reported, the multi-arts space is the first stage of the Guildhall’s mission to raise £15m for its Renaissance Project

The studio will offer a programme of entertainment and vocational skills workshops, while the Renaissance refurbishment itself would see a modernisation of the Guildhall’s interior – making it more engaging for the community of Portsmouth and beyond. 

When the one-off Black and White Ball descends on the Guildhall next month, the venue’s fundraising efforts will be boosted by a raffle, an auction and the appearance of special guest Wayne Hemingway MBE. 

Mr Hemingway, co-founder of the fashion label Red or Dead, will be the designer of the Guildhall’s new studio and Renaissance project. 

Tickets to the Black and White ball are £55 per head, or a table for 10 is £500. 

For enquiries and bookings, contact Katherine Scott at Portsmouth Guildhall by calling (023) 9387 0205 or emailing katherine.scott@portsmouthguildhall.org.uk. 

The Black and White Ball has been sponsored by Portsmouth-based recycled assets company TRACOuk.