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Opera Holland Park pays tribute to staff member after she's named among Grenfell Tower victims

The venue, which held a £40,000 Grenfell fundraiser earlier this month, was speaking after police named Deborah Lamprell as a victim

Opera Holland Park (OHP) has paid tribute to a member of staff who died in the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

Deborah Lamprell worked at the music hall’s front of house and had been missing since the 24-storey tower block was destroyed by fire on June 14 .

Scotland Yard revealed on Tuesday (August 8) that she had been formally identified , with the 45-year-old’s mother paying tribute.

Deborah Lamprell, 45, identified as 49th victim of Grenfell Tower fire(Image: Met Police)

Since the disaster, OHP has held a special memorial performance of Verdi’s Requiem, which raised £40,000 for the Rugby Portobello Trust (RPT) to help the community following the Grenfell fire.

Speaking after the confirmation of her death, OHP general director Michael Volpe said: “It’s news we expected but it still brings a final, profound sense of loss.

"We hope that Debbie’s family can now begin to mourn and grieve in peace.”

James Clutton, director of opera, said: “Although we ‘knew’ this, [we are] still devastated by this heartbreaking news.

"Debbie was a truly wonderful person. I am so glad I knew her.”

The memorial concert was held on August 1 at the opera house in Stable Yard - just one mile from Grenfell Tower.

Proceeds from the concert went to RPT, which opened its doors to residents on the day of the fire and continues to help within the community.

Opera Holland Park

Speaking ahead of the concert Mr Volpe and Mr Clutton said: “The best way we know to commemorate and help the victims of this disaster is to make music and so that is what we will do.

“There has been a lot of emotion in the company since the events of that day, and our friend and colleague is mourned deeply.

Grenfell Holland Park Opera tribute

“RPT deserve respect and admiration for everything they have been doing in the aftermath and we hope this event will provide the funds to help them continue their work in supporting the community.”

Ms Lamprell is the 49th victim to be formally identified following the tragedy on Wednesday June 14.

In a heartfelt tribute her mother said: “A wonderful, precious daughter, always smiling and helping others.

“Debbie will be missed by her mum and all who had the privilege to meet her.”

On June 27, OHP performed an encore of Bevo al tuo fresco sorriso (I drink to your beautiful smile) from Puccino’s La rondine.

It said: “The cast and orchestra did this in loving tribute to our friend and colleague Debbie Lamprell and all of the victims of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.”

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