The Welcome to Wales Ryder Cup Celebration Concert
The Welcome to Wales Ryder Cup Celebration Concert was the fourth televised event that we had produced at the Principality Stadium (formerly known as the Millennium Stadium), following the Tsunami Relief Concert (2005/BBC 2), and Wales Grand Slam Celebrations (2005 & 2008 /S4C). The event featured performances from Dame Shirley Bassey, Katherine Jenkins, Only Men Aloud and a host of other performers, as well as a special opening address from Hollywood actress Catherine Zeta-Jones and the introduction of the European and US Ryder Cup Teams. The event was also attended by HRH Prince Charles and First Minister Carwyn Jones.
An Evening with the Welsh National Opera
We also managed ‘An evening with the Welsh National Opera’, hosted by the Deputy First Minister for Wales which attracted a VIP audience of 300 people, including the VVIP’s and a number of representatives of the European tour. We provided the creative ideas to enhance an evening of Welsh National Opera performances, and a dinner on the stage of the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, with each table themed as an opera associated with WNO, and a set assembled to give diners the impression of being part of an opera performance. We also handled a Q&A session with successful Ryder Cup captain Ian Woosnam as a key focus of the evening.
A Night at The Castle
A Night at the Castle, hosted by the First minister for Wales attracted an audience of 400+ VVIPs, including 250 representatives from the European tour, to a spectacular evening in the grounds of Cardiff Castle, featuring a dinner, a range of performances from music to comedy, and a sound and light show featuring the projection of Welsh images on the Norman Keep of the castle.
For both events, Orchard handled everything from the creative design, production and distribution of invitations, programmes, tickets and all visuals used, to the content and presentation of the menus, to the site dressing and all staffing, to the sourcing and booking of performers, to registration and liaison with the European Tour, and finally to all aspects of production on the night.