Shoot for the stars

Join us for an evening of live entertainment and fascinating conversation, led by two of the country’s most eminent economists, Mervyn King and John Kay.

South Africa’s Star Choir, led by Triple & Touch and Mark De-Lisser (who arranged “Stand By Me” for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding), will have you on your feet and moving to the beat before a live and silent auction for lots such as the chance to stay on a private island in Tanzania’s Marine Reserve.

The Hand in Hand and Star for Life gala dinner, ‘Shoot for the Stars’, will take place on September 19 in the historic surroundings of The Brewery, 52 Chiswell Street, EC1.

Come along and help raise money for Hand in Hand and Star for Life.

We are delighted to announce the first gala dinner to be held in joint-aid of Hand in Hand and Star for Life, two charities helping young people in Africa shoot for the stars and realise their dreams.

Starting at 6.45pm, the ball will include:

  • Drinks reception
  • Three-course dinner with wine
  • A conversation between two of the country’s most eminent economists, John Kay and Mervyn King
  • Music from the Star Choir from South Africa
  • Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg, Denmark, will join the Star Choir
  • Silent and live auction
  • Carriages at 23.30

Table price: £2,500 for a table of 10.

For ticket inquiries please contact:


Join two of the UK’s most eminent economists, John Kay and Mervyn King, for a conversation about making decisions in a turbulent and uncertain world.

Kay and King have linked up to write an important new book, scheduled for publication next March, titled Radical Uncertainty. The future has rarely seemed more uncertain. But how do we manage uncertainty when we often do not even know the kinds of things that will happen, far less their probabilities.

John Kay

John Kay is one of Britain’s leading economists. A columnist for the Financial Times for more than 20 years, his work centres on the relationships between economics, finance and business. His career has spanned academic work and think tanks, business schools, company directorships, consultancies and investment companies. Today his main focus is on writing and he is renowned for his ability to express complex ideas clearly and succinctly.



Mervyn King

Mervyn King served as Governor of the Bank of England from 2003 to June 2013. He was previously Deputy Governor from 1998 to 2003, Chief Economist and Executive Director from 1991, and non-executive director of the Bank from 1990 to 1991. He was knighted (GBE) in 2011, made a life peer in 2013, and appointed by The Queen to be a Knight of the Garter in 2014.

In 2016 he published The End of Alchemy.




Prepare to leap to your feet and dance to the beat of the Star Choir from South Africa

Star Choir from South Africa pictured here with other Star for Life performers

The Star Choir is a group of four talented young people who have been hand-picked from the Star for Life schools. They come from very simple rural backgrounds, yet they are born stars. Their individual stories are proof that Star for Life changes young lives.

Led by  Triple & Touch and Mark De-Lisser. Performing alongside the choir will be Thandiwe Mbobo.




Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg, Denmark

Alexandra, Countess of Frederisborg, Denmark will join the Star Choir on stage to sing “Wash me away”.

The story of the Star Choir and the renowned musicians who support it

Ken Wennerholm and Göran Rudbo, also known as the celebrated artists Triple & Touch, have been involved with Star for Life from its very beginning in 2005. As musicians, they knew music has the power to change lives and was the perfect tool for reaching some of South Africa and Namibia’s most disadvantaged youths.

Choir leader, Thandiwe Mbobo,  together with Ken Wennerholm and Göran Rudbo, use music as a tool to engage young people, helping them increase their self-esteem and take responsibility for their own future. Everyone who has met Thandiwe understands why her name means ‘loveable’.

Ken, Göran and Thandiwe are professional entertainers who never fail to inspire their audience.

Mark De-Lisser,  Singology Founder & CEO

Mark De-Lisser

Mark De-Lisser is one of the most sought after choral directors and arrangers in the industry. Most recently he arranged “Stand By Me” for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding in 2018, which was performed by The Kingdom Choir at St George’s Chapel, Windsor.

Although some may know him for his work as a vocal coach on TV programmes such as “The Voice” and “All Together Now” to name but a few, Mark is perhaps best known for his work with choirs. He is the proud musical director of the award winning ACM Gospel Choir, as well as founder of Singology Community Choirs.

Mark’s arrangements are sung the world over, and his unique published series; “SING OUT!” has become the go to for choral directors and singers.  Mark is also the creator of Choir Cake which offers an innovative new way for choirs to learn and access parts. Mark’s first book “Inspire Your Choir”, which he wrote alongside fellow choral conductor Dominic Peckham, is published by Bloomsbury and available to order now. The book followed Mark’s first appearance alongside Gareth Malone on BBC’s “The Naked Choir”. Mark again featured as a leading choral mentor alongside Gareth in 2016’s “The Choir.”








is a patron of Star for Life,  will join the Star Choir on stage to sing “Wash me Away”.

Here are some of the amazing auction lots that will be up for grabs on the night.

Keep checking in  more lots will be added.

The live auction will be led by Steve Edge

All-inclusive 3-day safari at a private game reserve in South Africa for two

Starting bid price:£3,000

Thanda Safari is a celebrated Big Five private game reserve situated in of northern KwaZulu-Natal, some 260km north of Durban.It is world-renowned for its exclusive experience of the African bush and understated luxury, matched with its celebration of Zulu culture and passionate conservation of the environment.

You will stay in one of the sumptuous suites at Thanda Lodge, which features a double-sided fireplace and an indulgent bathroom with an indoor and outdoor shower.

Subject to availability. Must be taken by September 2020. Includes safaris, food and drinks. Excludes flights. Nearest local airports, via Johannesburg are the local Richards Bay Airport or King Shaka International Airport in Durban from where Thanda staff will pick you up.


Private island in the Indian Ocean – 5 days 18 people, all inclusive

Starting bid price: £45,000

Your chance to stay in one of the world’s most exclusive island getaways. Perfect for a family celebration or get-together with friends. This secluded island is nestled within Tanzania’s Shungimbili Island Marine Reserve,  30km east of the mainland of Tanzania. The island is 1,1km in circumference and 350m wide with a single luxurious villa and two traditional beach chalets. You can swim with the gentlest giant of the ocean, the whale shark, and watch sea turtles nesting. Rest, rejuvenate and enjoy adventure sports in your own private marine reserve.

Subject to availability. Must be taken by September 2020. Food and drink included. Excludes flights to/from Dar es Salaam and Mafia Island Thanda staff will collect you from the island airport. 5 nights 18 people with space for some extra beds for children.



Private cruise ship, 8 people, 7 nights in the Indian Ocean or the Med

Starting bid price: £35,000

Your chance to enjoy old-world elegance onboard the 115ft/35m, four-berth classic cruise yacht ‘Over the Rainbow of London’.  Everything you will need is on board, from divine sleeping quarters in four cabins with ensuite facilities, to fine dining, windsurfing and waterskiing. There’s even a Rib boat for exploring secluded beaches. The Rainbow is staffed by our professional crew and is available either in the Mediterranean or in the seas of East Africa. The location and course to be mutually agreed between the guest and the Captain of  the Rainbow of London.

Subject to availability. Must be taken by September 2020. Excludes flights, transfers from international airports, fuel, food and drinks.


For further inquiries or to book your table please contact:

Lena Horberg:

Terms and Conditions: Once payment has been received for tickets/tables, no refunds are available.

Hand in Hand and Star for Life are delighted to be working together again after the recent successful launch of their joint ‘Daughters of Africa’ programme. All money raised will split 50/50 between Hand in Hand and Star for Life.

Hand in Hand

Janet Chepkwony | Sweet potato farmer | Kenya

Co-founded by Percy Barnevik, Hand in Hand combats poverty with business training and job creation. For every £1,000 raised, this global NGO trains ten people, supports eight businesses and creates ten jobs, transforming lives for 34 dependents and family members.” Fifty percent of funds raised on the night will support Hand in Hand’s life-changing programmes in East Africa.





Star for Life

Star for Life was founded in 2005 by Dan Olofsson with the mission to inspire young people to believe in their dreams and support them to live free of AIDS. The organisation now operates in more than 120 schools in South Africa and Namibia and three Mobile Health Clinics. Just £15 finances one pupil during one year in a Star for Life school. Fifty percent of funds raised on the night will go towards Star for Life schools and Mobile Health Clinics (visit for more information)