The event attracted nearly 400 participants and aimed to raise funds for three British charities operating in Vietnam: The Christina Noble Children’s Foundation, Facing the World, and Saigon Children’s Charity.

The concert showcased renowned Vietnamese and international artists, including pianists Tra Nguyen, Tomazz Lis, and Shu-Wei Tseng, as well as violinists Stephane Tran Ngoc, Maryna Raievska, Abigail Dance, and Phuong Hoang Linh Nguyen. Together, they performed famous works by British, Vietnamese, and world composers.

Mark Kent, Chairman of VUKN and former British Ambassador to Vietnam, expressed his appreciation for the Vietnamese artists performing at the Royal College of Music in London. He emphasized that this event not only honors the Vietnam-UK relationship but also raises awareness about the importance of cultural exchange between the two countries.

Vietnamese Ambassador to the UK, Nguyen Hoang Long, highlighted the significance of the event, as it commemorated two important milestones: the 10-year establishment of VUKN and the 50-year Vietnam-UK diplomatic relations. The Ambassador expressed pride in the warmth of the Vietnam-UK strategic partnership, wherein people-to-people and cultural exchanges, supported by organizations like VUKN, play a crucial role.

Senator Richard Gilbey, vice chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Vietnam, emphasized the pivotal role of VUKN in the bilateral relationship between Vietnam and the UK. While the two countries have government-level relationships with formal agreements, the network’s activities help connect civil servants, businessmen, scholars, and cultural practitioners, creating favorable conditions for cooperation in various fields such as education, trade, and culture.

VUKN, established in 2013, is a non-governmental organization dedicated to enhancing understanding and promoting relationships between Vietnam and the UK, especially in the economic, cultural, and social spheres.