The Royal Ballet School partners Leo the Lion to raise money for The Prince’s Trust
Last night (Thursday 12 July) The Royal Ballet Upper School in Covent Garden played host to celebrated British popular singer Leo Ihenacho and his band as part of his 24:24 project to raise money for The Prince’s Trust via a digital and social media campaign hosted by www.sprkle.com. Formerly of the band The Streets, Leo - also know as Leo the Lion – undertook a gruelling schedule of 24 gigs in 24 hours to raise money for the Trust starting with a gig aboard the London Eye and culminating at London’s Anaya Club with a visit to The Royal Ballet School along the way.
Leo was accompanied by an entourage of musicians, journalists and representatives from the Prince’s Trust and was met by ballet teacher Nicola Tranah and four students. Leo’s ballet skills were put to the test and the students accompanied Leo and the band with an impromptu dance ‘performance’ to the classic Oasis song Wonderwell. Following the students’ performance Leo said: ‘This is one of the best things I have ever seen!’
All funds raised for The Trust will help vulnerable young people, giving them the skills and confidence to turn their lives around. The Trust needs to raise £1 million a week to maintain this vital work.
Watch the clips of Leo’s visit to the School on www.sprkle.com, follow Leo on Twitter @IamLeoThe Lion or at www.facebook.com/pages/Leo-the-Lion
HRH The Prince of Wales is President of The Royal Ballet School.
Photo: Royal Ballet School students with Leo Ihenacho and teacher, Nicola Tranah. Photo: Jim Fletcher