This past Sunday, family and friends gathered to celebrate the life of Anthony ‘Tony’ Branch, who founded BADA along with Carolyn Sands in 1984.

Hosted by Tony’s niece, Antonia, the memorial service at St. Paul’s (The Actors Church) and the reception that followed at the BADA premises brought together family, friends, BADA faculty and BADA alumni from as far back as the inaugural Midsummer in Oxford program. Speakers included co-founder, Carolyn Sands, alum Will Cooke (MIO ’85), and alum Alan Cox (MIO ’88), son of BADA’s Patron, Brian Cox, who was there representing his father.

Guests cried, and laughed, shared memories and made new ones. It was a true celebration of life with much gratitude shared for the man with whose idea continues to bring people together.