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Giles Cooper, Chairman

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the official website of the EABF and of the Royal Variety Performance.

It is an honour to lead this
very special charity; the work of our staff and  unpaid  volunteers in helping the needs of entertainers all over the UK is truly inspirational  and a priviledge to be part of.

Our annual fundraising event, the Royal Variety Performance, consistently attracts the biggest stars from all around the world and with the wonderful support of our Royal Family, the show remains one of the major events in the entertainment industry's worldwide calendar.


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For more information on this year's Royal Variety Performance, or any previous Royal  Command Performance, please take a look at our Archive pages.

There isn’t a show in the history of show-business, nor indeed in the history of television, that compares to the Royal Variety Show; 85 shows spanning over 100 years is a feat unsurpassed, and the very best in entertainment from around the globe has been presented year after year since the show's origins in 1912. The quality and diversity of performers over the years is both extraordinary and staggering; ...from Sir Edward Elgar to Luciano Pavarotti, from The Beatles to Take That, from Laurel & Hardy to Morecambe & Wise, from Aretha Franklin to Leona Lewis, from Sammy Davis Jnr. to Michael Jackson, from Liberace to Sir Elton John, from Tommy Cooper to Harry Hill, from Shirley Bassey to Lady Gaga....the list of legendary performers is breathtaking and endless.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our entire Executive Committee, our honorary officers and all of our Trustees, all who work tirelessly and unpaid, for the needs of elderly and sick entertainers throughout the UK, year after year.

On behalf of the EABF, I would also like to thank Simon Cowell and all at Syco Television, for the continued support of Britain’s Got Talent, which generously donates a large proportion of the money raised from viewer’s telephone votes to the EABF each year.

Lastly, my most heartfelt thanks must go to our Patron, Her Majesty the Queen, for her continued and unwavering support of this wonderful charity.

 



Giles Cooper began his career in entertainment in the late 1980’s, working on the weekly music papers, 'Melody Maker' and the 'New Musical Express'. In 1998, he founded the arts and entertainment marketing agency, 'Media Junction', and in 2004, was elected a Fellow of the 'Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts'. In 2010, he marketed Sir Paul McCartney’s world tour, Harry Hill’s triple BAFTA award-winning television show, 'TV Burp', and Take That’s record-breaking 2011 UK stadium tour. Giles became a member of the Executive Committee of the Entertainment Artistes’ Benevolent Fund in December 2007 and in November 2010, was elected Chairman of the charity.

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