Fundraising Events & Performances


Young & Easy: An Evening of Poetry & Prose

‘Young and Easy’ – an evening of poetry and prose to celebrate the work of one of the twentieth century’s great writers: Dylan Thomas, was hosted by the British Council in aid of Sunera Foundation on the 22nd and 27th of October 2017 at the British Council Library.


Colours of the Silk Road

A Fashion Show with a difference, brought together a unique collection of exotic handmade jewellery perfectly matched with an exclusive range of beautifully crafted sarees and clothing modeled and showcased for the audience while dining to the delicacies of the Hilton Colombo High Tea.


Kadambari Jewellery Sale – 2016

The Kadambari Jewellery Sale ‘A Journey with Jewellery’, was held in Colombo 4 on 2nd December 2016, in aid of Sunera Foundation


Rukshan Perera Live in Concert – 2016

‘Rukshan Perera Live in Concert VI’ in aid of Sunera Foundation was held on 7th February 2016 at the Bishops College Auditorium. Yet another generous donor and successful fundraiser!

Rukshan Perera Live in Concert VI


A Tribute to Mary Billimoria – 2016

Four magnificent pianists, the internationally acclaimed Rohan De Silva and Sujeeva Hapugalle, along with Soundarie David Rodrigo and Ramya De Livera Perera, came together to pay tribute to their teacher Mary Billimoria who gave them the musical foundation and taught them the skills needed to excel in the field of music as they have done today.

Read more about the event: A Magnificent Tribute

Viocello 2015

Viocello – 2015

Viocello, a classical music concert featuring Joshua Roman, acclaimed cellist from the USA, Sri Lankan born, renowned violinist Mandhira de Saram from the U.K and our very own Ramya De Livera Perera on the Piano was held at the Lionel Wendt on 15th February 2015


String with Keys

Stefan Milenkovich (Violinist) and Rohan De Silva (Pianist) – 2014

The internationally acclaimed musicians Stefan Milenkovich (violinist) and Rohan De Silva (pianist)’s performance “Strings and Keys” was a great success.

Strings and Keys
The Duo Who Click Musically
Stefan Milenkovich and Rohan De Silva on MTV Good Morning Sri Lanka Part I
Stefan Milenkovich and Rohan De Silva on MTV Good Morning Sri Lanka Part II

Alison Skilbeck

Alison Skilbeck (Actor) – 2012

British actor Alison Skilbeck’s one woman show “Are There More Of You?” from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2011, was a huge success. Alison played to a full house on both nights and the audience greatly enjoyed it.

Interview with Alison Skilbeck: Are There More Of You?
Are There More Of You?


Joshua Roman (Cellist) –2011

The brilliant young American Cellist, Joshua, was accompanied by highly accomplished Sri Lankan pianist Eshantha Peiris. The selection of classical music they performed, varied from the traditional classical, to the contemporary.

Listen to Classical Music while Eating Popcorn


Kishani Jayasinghe (Opera Singer) – 2009

Sri Lanka’s own virtuoso Opera songbird, Kishani, accompanied by Chris Glenn, captivated the audience who gave her a standing ovation. She said, at the end of the evening, “I am so privileged to perform in front of my home crowd. Of all the places I have performed, Sri Lanka will always be my favourite”.


Martin Taylor (Jazz Guitarist) & Alison Burns (Jazz Vocalist) – 2009

This rendering of light jazz music was a delight to listen to.

Guitarist Martin Taylor – in Concert
Cool Jazz from Strumming Maestro


Rohan de Saram (Cello) & Rohan De Silva (Piano) – 2008

For the first time ever, the two maestros performed together a selection of favourite classical music pieces.

Fourth success for Sunera


David Nettle (Piano) & Richard Markham (Piano) – 2007

This wonderfully entertaining piano duo from the UK provided a most enjoyable evening.

World famous piano duo to perform at charity dinner
World’s classiest piano duo at Gala Charity Dinner tonight
World’s classiest pianists will perform in Sri Lanka


Stefan Milenkovich (Violin), Ani Aznavoorian (Cello) & Rohan De Silva (Piano) – 2006

Once again, Stefan and Rohan provided high quality music, accompanied by brilliant cellist, Ani (also from the USA).

Wherever he performed, he got a standing ovation!
Famous two return
Sunera Foundation charity dinner


Barb Jungr (Cabaret Singer) – 2005

Britain’s premier Cabaret artist, Barb Jungr provided an exciting evening with her songs. She said, “Artistic expression liberates the psyche and soul of the individual, and this is of increasing importance in times of crisis or in people for whom usual forms of expression are limited.”


Glen Terry & The Glen Terry Group (Jazz) – 2003 & 2004

The great Australian jazz musician, Glen Terry and his band created exciting and innovative jazz music at these gigs.


Stefan Milenkovich (Violin) & Rohan De Silva (Piano) – 2000

Violin and piano virtuosos, Stefan and Rohan from the USA, performed western classical music at this concert.


Dr. L. Subramaniam (Violin) – 1999

South Indian Carnatic music maestro and his orchestra were accompanied by an Australian musician on the Didgeridoo.


Rohan de Saram (Cello) & Druvi de Saram (Piano) – 1998

Cello maestro Rohan de Saram and accomplished pianist, Druvi de Saram, were the performers at this western classical music concert. They live and work in the UK.

Friends of Sunera (FSF) Fundraising Events in the UK

  • December 2006 – Sale of jewellery made by well known actor, Barbara Flynn
  • February 2007 – Music gig organised by drummer Jack Pollitt
  • April 2007 – Solos for Sunera: festival of one-person shows organised by FSF trustee and actor Alison Skilbeck and actor Gareth Armstrong
  • May 2007 – Are there more of you? One-woman show by Alison Skilbeck
  • July 2007, January 2008, October 2008 – Chosen Words: evenings of poetry and prose performed by actors Alison Skilbeck and Tim Hardy, organised by Jenny Skilbeck
  • August 2007 – Donations instead of presents for the 40th (ruby) wedding anniversary of FSF trustee Sue Griffin and her husband Rod
  • September 2007 – Poetry reading and workshop by the poet Dal Nagra, organised by FSF trustee Susan Hoyle
  • May 2008 – Concert of Mozart in Oxford soloist Mandira de Saram, organised by James Ross and Sue Griffin
  • January 2009 – Concert by orchestra and chorus of Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
  • August 2010 – Sponsored bicycle ride from Hove to Land’s End by Heather Mayall
  • December 2011 – December 2012 Christmas appeals
  • May 2012 – Concert by opera singer Danielle de Neise and pianist Rohan de Silva organised by James Ross and Sue Griffin
  • Summer 2012 – The Ancient Mariner song cycle sung by Tim Hardy
  • December 2012 – Sale of jewellery made by well known actor, Barbara Flynn, and Sri Lankan feast cooked by Jerry Taylor
  • January 2013 – Donations in memory of Peter Agrell
  • June 2013 – Sale of Jewellery made by Rashantha Devanesan
  • Annual appeals to Westminster Meeting Society of Friends made by Alison Skilbeck and Tanmay Dhanania
  • Major donations received as the result of applications to grant giving trusts, and regular donations made by supporters.