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Royal Ballet’s Fernando Montano for Hanover Grange

Published:Thursday | August 4, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Fernando Montano
Fernando Montano
Theresa Roberts
Dr David Lowe, CEO of Caribbean Producers Jamaica.
Fernando Montano
Hanover Grange

Jamaica-born United Kingdom based philanthropist Theresa Roberts will open her Hanover Grange home at the exclusive Tryall Club for a night tagged 'Swan Lake' with renowned soloist Fernando Montano.

The invitation-only event, set for Wednesday, August 10, is Roberts' way of giving back to Jamaica during a month-long celebration of her birthday.

Swan Lake is the first of two charity events that Roberts will host, with all proceeds going to the MoBay City Run education projects, the University of the West Indies Western Jamaica Campus Ambassadorial Corps Fund, and the Glenhope Place of Safety a Caribbean Producers Jamaica (CPJ)-aided project.

An ardent supporter of the arts, Roberts has one of the largest collections of Jamaican sculpture in Europe. Her main focus is assisting struggling tertiary students to remain in school.

"Hanover Grange has given me the opportunity to bring the best of international culture to Jamaica. I am a passionate believer in the power of exposure to excellence as a means of both inspiration and education, and sincerely hope that the events I host benefit our great country," Roberts told TODAY.

She added, "I know that the experience of Jamaica that the international performers and designers take away with them promotes Jamaica in an incredibly positive way."

Montano, a rising star of the ballet world, is a member of the prestigious Royal Ballet of London. He will perform with a four-member cast from the Royal Ballet London.

This is the first time the Colombia- born dancer, now a British citizen, will perform in Jamaica, and those who have been invited to attend have suggested this will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

As well as his work with the Royal Ballet, Montano has begun to choreograph, produce and dance in a number of personal projects. He is the founder and driving force behind a collective of multinational leading global talent drawn from the world of ballet, opera and classical music which debuted their 'Classical Cabaret' at the Hippodrome Theatre in October 2014.

Dr David Lowe, chief executive officer of CPJ who is excited about the partnership with Roberts, said this was one of many efforts his company had embarked on as part of its corporate social responsibility.

"Not only will the sponsorship we are giving this event contribute to missions in Montego Bay, but our own long-standing Glenhope Place of Safety project will benefit," he said.

Roberts, who in recent years established Jamaica Patty Company, a branded retail business selling patties and other Jamaican food in the heart of Covent Garden in London, will also host world respected opera singer Sir Willard White on August 17 at her Tryall home.