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JAM Duo had the honour of providing musical entertainment during a VIP lunch at the 2022 Randox Grand National with HRH The Princess Royal in attendance.

Jules and Anne-Marie are no stranger to corporate events or horse racing. Today we combined these two things by performing at a VIP Lunch on the first day of the 2022 Randox Grand National taking place at Aintree.

This was a particularly special occasion as the lunch was hosted by Racing Welfare with HRH The Princess Royal as their Guest of Honour.

The Princess Royal
HRH The Princess Royal at Aintree – Grand National 2022

Arriving mid morning, Jules and Anne-Marie had been allocated parking in the ‘Owners and Trainers’ Car Park. This sounds terribly grand and formal – but the reality was in fact a piece of rough ground somewhere near a back entrance to Aintree Racecourse! As such it wasn’t that ideal for carrying our instruments into the venue. So with a bit of flirtatious diplomacy aimed at the nice people in yellow jackets, we then wangled permission to drive up to the owners and trainers entrance in order to unload!

With further help from someone in a golf buggy, we soon had everything set up in the venue where Racing Welfare were hosting their VIP lunch.

We started playing around 11am just ahead of HRH The Princess Royal arriving to meet and greet.

HRH The Princess Royal

Hardworking Princess Anne was still carrying out her royal duties at Aintree on Thursday even though she is due to fly out on a gruelling visit to Australia at any time. The Princess Royal was at the Merseyside racecourse despite being due to attend the opening ceremony of the Sydney Royal Easter Show on Saturday, April 9.

Princess Anne
Princess Anne at Aintree 2022

That means battling with the time difference of nine hours and a flight of around 20 hours depending on whether she goes by private jet or business class on a scheduled service. Most people would be taking it easy in the run-up to such an exhausting journey but the 71-year-old hasn’t made any concessions this week for what is an arduous trip at any age.

She has been working all this week and by the time the Grand National steeplechase is underway on Saturday, the Princess Royal will be over 10,000 miles away in the Giant’s stadium Sydney, Australia. Jet lag or not she will be expected to attend.

Anne-Marie Humphries
Anne-Marie – JAM Duo Cellist at the Randox Grand National 2022

Racing Welfare is a registered charity supporting the workforce of British horseracing.

Racing Welfare was founded and registered in 2000 as an amalgamation of several racing charities, with the aim of supporting the wellbeing of the industry’s current and former employees and their dependents. The charity leads the provision of human welfare services providing professional guidance and practical help to the stud, stable and racecourse staff, and those in a broad range of associated roles whose dedication is vital to the wellbeing of racing.

They complement the work of the Injured Jockeys Fund who support individuals who currently hold, or have ever held, a jockey’s licence.

Anne-Marie Humphries
Anne-Marie at Aintree – JAM Duo Cellist

JAM Duo – Musicians for Corporate Events

Jules and Anne-Marie are available to perform for Corporate Events, Product Launches, VIP Lunches and Charity Auctions anywhere in the UK or Europe. If you would like to find out more about having beautiful music for your next corporate event then do please get in touch.

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