Padfas (Paris Dfas)
20th Anniversary Celebration
5th February 2014
Twenty years on and going from strength to strength, it was only fitting that the occasion should be celebrated in style.
The venue was the prestigious Hôtel de la Marine, the French Navy headquarters on the Place de la Concorde in Paris, whose magnificent apartments lent a certain solemnity to the occasion. Lady Ricketts, wife of the British Ambassador, graciously accepted our invitation to attend as did Christopher Lloyd, President of Nadfas as well as Jane Choy-Thurlow, Area European Chair with her husband Wang Choy.
Admiral Guillaume, who welcomed us, gave a fascinating general survey of the history of the building from 1770 to the present day. Andrew Parkin, Chair of Padfas, also welcomed the guests and Françoise Thoumyre, former Chair, traced the history of Padfas and evoked its founder Janine Davy, her successor Isabel Hartman and the late Marie- Hélène Magnol, Honorary Secretary for many years who did so much for the musical reputation of the programmes.
The evening began with a delightful concert given by the Tercia quartet with pianist Sodi Braide, young and very talented artists whose choice of music included pieces by Gershwin, Mendelssohn, Webern and Chopin to suit all tastes and who were enthusiastically applauded by the audience of 160 members of Padfas and their guests.
The cocktail party that followed was a huge success, where members and guests circulated freely to exchange news and meet old friends. May the next ten years be as fruitful as the last and carry on the tradition of excellence!
Photo attached: from left to right Arthur Hohler (treasurer of Padfas), Jane Choy-Thurlow, Françoise Thoumyre, Clare Hohler, Lady Ricketts, Andrew Parkin.