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Tuesday 14 September 2021.

Tuesday 14 September 2021...6.45pm to 10.15pm... THE SUMMER EXHIBITION PREVIEW PARTY at THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS , Piccadilly, London W1. This major London social event was postponed from June to September this year. Around 800 guests visiting the dozen or so rooms of art. Many stunning dresses and outfits from the women here. Most of the guests here have paid £425 for their tickets. Several well known faces here including A-Listers from the art world including Grayson Perry and Tracey Emin...but the most interesting person here is PROFESSOR SARAH GILBERT (The woman who designed the Oxford vaccine). I get a nice photo from this amazing woman who has helped us get out socialising again. It will be up on my Facebook page soon. Also here were actress Jenna Coleman and Lady Kitty Spencer. Regular party girl Jackie St Clair who is always very friendly. Three djs played tracks for an hour each in the main bar area. At 9.20pm JOY CROOKES performed four songs in a 20 mins set. Backed by a full seven piece band, including a three person brass section. Oddly i saw her perform a 30 mins set at The V & A summer party in 2019, when she was a hot emerging talent but other females have eclipsed her the past couple of years. Her debut album comes out in Oct 2021, so maybe bigger success is around the corner. Joy Crookes seems an older soul than her 22 years. Tender but assured, the singer-songwriter’s soft, husky vocals mix sophisticated soulfulness with rich instrumentation; gentle guitars, punches of brass, glimmering piano and intriguing trip-hop percussion all find a home in her entrancing sound. The four songs performed were... Poison When You Were Mine Trouble Feet Don't Fail Me Mine Lots of complimentary drinks and food including Fortnum & Mason champers, four different cocktails, wines, seafood buffet including oysters, bowl food, canapés & desserts. At 10pm the main event finished and we ordered full size pizza to take away from the pizza truck in the venues courtyard.