The Thames Valley Property Awards has been postponed because of coronavirus. The new date for the popular event is September 3.

The TVPA dinner at Ascot Racecourse was scheduled for April 30 but organiser The Business Magazine has confirmed that it is in everyone’s best interests to postpone until the autumn.

“The health and wellbeing of all our guests, sponsors and employees is the paramount concern. We appreciate that many people will have been looking forward to the event next month, but it’s prudent to take the decision now to postpone in light of the ever-changing coronavirus crisis,” said David Murray, managing director, The Business Magazine.

“The property sector has been postponing and cancelling events throughout the UK. The impact of coronavirus on the sector is profound, but we have no doubt that we will be delivering a great event for commercial and residential property people in September.”

All table bookings and sponsorships for TVPA will be honoured for the new date.

The venue and presenter remain unchanged. Alistair McGowan, the actor, comedian and impressionist, will compere the evening.

Presenter: Alistair McGowan

The hugely versatile Alistair McGowan is an impressionist, actor, writer of jokes, plays and sketches, stand-up comedian and, latterly, pianist. 

He is fondly remembered for his popular BAFTA-winning TV show The Big Impression, in which he impersonated everyone who was anyone in the early noughties. Alistair began his career by providing voices for the puppets on Spitting Image. 

He has worked extensively in theatre and appeared in the West End in Art, Cabaret and Little Shop of Horrors (for which he received an Olivier Award nomination). He worked at the RSC in Merry Wives: The Musical, has twice played Professor Henry Higgins in Pygmalion and received huge critical acclaim for his performance in the title role in An Audience with Jimmy Savile. He also sang in (and directed) The Mikado and The Pirates of Penzance for Raymond Gubbay. 

Alistair was a mainstay of BBC Radio 4 comedy shows during his early career and has written three plays for the network: Three Pieces In The Shape of A Pear, about Erik Satie; The Peregrinations of A Most Musical Irishman, about John Field; and The ‘B’ Word, about the first production of Pygmalion. He also wrote and performed a one-man stage play about Erik Satie, Erik Satie’s-faction. 

His own piano ambitions reached new heights in 2018. Having gone back to the piano at the age of 49 (after reaching Grade 2 as a nine-year-old), he released The Piano Album, playing 17 short pieces by Satie, Liszt, Field, Chopin, Mompou et al, through Sony Classical. The album reached Number One in the classical chart. 

In what is possibly a world first, he also tours The Piano Show, in which he plays 13 short pieces and intersperses them with stories about the composers and his trademark stand-up comedy and impressions. 

He still works as comedian and over the last four years has toured the country with Jasper Carrott.

Presenter: Alistair McGowan

We are now taking bookings on restricted view tables

Table sales will open to all companies on April 1, on a first come first serve basis, but with priority booking for finalists open on March 19. 
 
However, due to high demand for places at this popular event, bookings into the restricted view area are open now:
 
£1,500 +VAT – Table of 10
£160 +VAT – Individual places.
 
Companies booked into the restricted view area will be offered the opportunity to upgrade into the main room from April 1, with priority given to finalists.
 

The Thames Valley Property Awards 2020 will culminate in a gala dinner at Ascot Racecourse on Thursday, April 30, 2020. Tickets are priced at £2,000 ex VAT for a table of 10, with individual tickets priced at £210 ex VAT. Some tables will have a restricted view of the stage, these are priced at £1,500 ex VAT for a table of 10, with individual tickets priced at £160 ex VAT.

The drinks reception is sponsored by Encore

Wine bottle necks sponsored by Jansons Property

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