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Dame Shirley Bassey at Fight AIDS Monaco Gala

On Saturday July 8th, Dame Shirley attended a Fundraising Gala for the Fight AIDS Monaco charity at the Sporting Club in Monte-Carlo. Guests travelled back in time with the “Stars 80” dinner-show, complete with a dress code of that glorious era.

This spectacle has been on tour around France for more than a decade with more than three million enthusiastic fans singing and dancing to the rhythm of those unforgettable hits that marked that époque, wearing colorful wigs, fancy glasses and sequins.

The association Fight Aids Monaco, presided by Princess Stephanie of Monaco, present their summer program to create awareness about HIV and raise funds to pursue their relentless work in their battle to eradicate AIDS, a cause DSB has long supported.

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With special thanks to Manel Dalgo, whose Instagram feed also contains some other images featuring Dame Shirley.

Resplendent DSB Oozed Glamour in Black Dress at Serpentine Summer Party

Dame Shirley Bassey joined a host of celebrities on Wednesday 28th June at the annual Serpentine Summer Party in London’s Kensington Gardens. Looking simply stunning as she waved to photographers and posed for photos before making her way inside the pavilion, she proved black can be a suitable option for a summer party in a glamorous tulle creation and matching high peep-toe heels, topped off by decadent silver embellishments.

A highlight of London’s social calendar, the annual Serpentine Summer Party attracts a stylish set from the worlds of fashion, music, film, design and art. This year’s soirée, which was hosted by Chanel, was no exception.

A Night to Remember – DSB at The Jersey Style Awards

On Saturday 24th June, winners of the inaugural Jersey Style Awards in association with Chopard were revealed at a glittering red carpet gala on the Channel Island. A high profile list of honourees included Dame Shirley Bassey who was inducted into the Style Hall of Fame. The celebrities arrived on the island from London by private jet for the prestigious ceremony.

The event’s theme was to celebrate and honour the island’s wealth of culinary, art, retail, leisure, style and heritage organisations from the people who shape its character, personality and individuality as one of the best kept secrets in the British Isles. Local politician Murray Norton said; “This event has been an incredible platform to showcase the best of what Jersey has to offer on a cultural, artistic and stylish level. We are so honoured to have such esteemed guests on our shores and I think the winners showcase that Jersey can indeed punch above its weight globally in delivering first class cuisine, visitor and cultural attractions and luxury adventure.”

Dame Shirley broke into an impromptu performance of Diamonds are Forever as she thanked the organisers for the award.

Quality weekend with this lot.. @bigjldn @julienmacdonald @christian_arno @melissaodabash #dameshirleybassey 🇬🇧👌🏼

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It was a particularly memorable occasion for The Bassey Blog’s dear friend and regular commenter Dennis Welch, whose struggle to get a ticket caught the attention of the local media.

Thankfully a kind-hearted Islander read about his plight and stepped in with a last minute ticket. Speaking to the media at the event, Mr Welch said: “I absolutely love him for what he has done – it means the whole world to me. 24 hours ago I had given up hope, and tonight she sat right near me and I was talking to her.”

Dennis kindly shared with us the photos and video below, adding “I had a fantastic evening that I will never forget, Dame Shirley was radiant. The man in the first picture is John Ovenden, who saw my story in the Jersey Evening Post. He had two VIP tickets for him and his wife Tracey, but she let me have her ticket saying I would enjoy the evening more as I was the island of Jersey’s biggest fan of Dame Shirley Bassey. My gratitude is forever, John took these photos as he is a professional photographer of sea life, dolphins on the island of Jersey and much more.”

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Alternative video footage can be found here and here.

“Here is to the magic of music” –  DSB Collects Silver Clef Lifetime Achievement Award

This week on The Bassey Blog we’ll be looking back at some events that The Dame has recently attended, starting with this special award…

Congratulations to Dame Shirley Bassey for the most prestigious award of the day, the Silver Clef Award #O2SilverClefs

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“Music I have always believed is magic,” remarked Dame Shirley Bassey. “This week I was invited by Nordoff Robbins to sit in on one of their therapy sessions, and to see how each person reacted to the sound of music was truly magical. It has been magical for me because it has helped me through many a tragic moment in my life. So thank you Nordoff Robbins, for all that you do, and thank you Silver Clef Awards for this afternoon, for today. Here is to the magic of music.”

A host of stars came together to celebrate some of music’s biggest artists at the annual O2 Silver Clef Awards, in support of music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins.

More than 1,000 guests attended the charity’s annual fundraiser at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel on Friday 30th June to honour winners. Other recipients included Phil Collins, Blondie, Nile Rodgers, Emeli Sande, Mumford & Sons, Pete Tong, Alexander Armstrong, Anne-Marie and Little Mix.

The event raised £663,000 for Nordoff Robbins. Click here for earlier post with more details about this worthy charity.