Saturday, 23 June 2012

Celebrate the City and a banquet at the Mansion House

The Lord Mayor launched the "Celebrate the City" four-day event at an open-air concert in Guildhall Yard and a Private Reception in the Guildhall on Thursday June 21.

Visit the website link above to see all the events around the City this weekend – as well as some exhibitions which extend over the summer.  The concert started with a choral performance with choirs from Music in Offices followed by speeches from the Lord Mayor and the Bishop of London.  The Bishop introduced the Guildhall School of Music and Drama orchestra, which finished the concert with a performance of the 1812 overture. It had rained on and off all day but the power of the Lord Mayor knows no bounds and the rain held off during the concert.

I couldn’t stay for the reception as I was attending the Civic Reception and Dinner at the Mansion House for the City Livery Club.  This was a most enjoyable and lively event, as always sitting next to interesting people and enjoying the splendour of the Egyptian Hall. The speeches took a different turn with the customary toast to the Club by Alderman and Sheriff Alan Yarrow and Deputy and Sheriff Wendy Mead – sung to the tune of The Walrus Song with a chorus for all to sing about the Club with many apologies to Flanders and Swann.

The Lord Mayor’s power was clearly still with us as when I left the dinner the rain had been and gone.

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