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Giles Cooper, Chairman

Welcome to the official website of both the Royal Variety Charity and the Royal Variety Performance.

It's a real priviledge to lead this
very special charity; our staff and unpaid volunteers work tirelessly to help those in need throughout the entertainment industry, both in our care home in Twickenham and indeed all across the UK. They are all truly inspirational people to work with.

Our annual fundraising event, the Royal Variety Performance, is going from strength to strength and consistently attracts the biggest stars from all around the world and with the continued support of the Royal family, the show remains one of the major events in the entertainment industry's worldwide calendar - now with over 152 million television viewers worldwide - making it the longest running and most successful show in the world.

Giles Cooper

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; 87 shows spanning over 103 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 impoverished, elderly or sick members of the entertainment profession.

On behalf of the Royal Variety Charity, 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 Royal Variety Charity each year.

Lastly, my most heartfelt thanks must go to our sole 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 legendary weekly music papers, 'Melody Maker' and the 'NME' (New Musical Express). He was also integral to the launch and management of many new entertainment magazines, including 'Uncut', 'Vox' and 'Loaded'.

In 1990, he joined advertising agency, 'Sold Out', as an Account Director where he marketed numerous tours for bands including U2, Oasis, Blur and the Rolling Stones, as well as dozens of music festivals such as Glastonbury, V Festival, Womad, Creamfields and Reading.

In 1998, he founded the arts and entertainment agency, 'Media Junction', later developing it into the 'Soho Media Group' of media and entertainment companies.

Some of Soho Media Group's most notable projects have included:-

> Sir Paul McCartney’s world tours in 2010, 2013 and 2014
> Sir Elton John’s UK tours in 2009 and 2010
> Take That’s record breaking UK stadium tours in 2009 and 2011
> Harry Hill’s triple BAFTA award-winning peak ITV1 show, ‘TV Burp’.
> West-End musicals: Jerry Springer the Opera and Blue Man Group
> Seasons at the Royal Opera House for the Bolshoi and Kirov ballets
> Launch of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
> Launch of the London O2 Arena
> UK comedy stand-up tours for Bill Bailey, Russell Howard, Russell Kane, Jenny Éclair, Peter Kay, Ricky Gervais, Frank Skinner, Omid Djalili, Al Murray and Harry Hill.

Giles has frequently offered the services of Soho Media Group free of charge in support of numerous charities including: Children In Need, Comic Relief, the Royal Masonic Variety Show, the Forces Children’s Trust and, of course, the Royal Variety Charity.

In 2006, Giles Cooper was elected a fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of the Arts).

The following year, in December 2007, Giles volunteered his services to the Royal Variety Charity (formerly the Entertainment Artistes’ Benevolent Fund - EABF) and after spending just shy of 3 years as a Member of the Executive Committee, Giles was voted Chairman of the charity in November 2010. The Royal Variety Charity assists thousands of sick, elderly or impoverished entertainers each year and also owns and runs its own nursing and residential care home, Brinsworth House in Twickenham, for people who have spent their lives working in the entertainment industry.

In partnership with Laurie Mansfield (Life-President of the Royal Variety Charity), Giles Cooper as Chairman, is responsible for the annual Royal Variety Performance and, as such, is one of the Executive Producers of the show. The Royal Variety Performance reaches over 150 million television viewers worldwide and is one of the most important events in the entertainment industry's global calendar.

In May 2014, Giles was invited to work as a permanent consultant to an All-Party Parliamentary Committee for the promotion of UK comedy and regularly visits the House of Commons to give advice and opinions on the industry.

In July 2014, Giles Cooper was awarded 'Freedom of the City of London'.

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