Monday, 16 July 2012

The first shall be last


The City Livery Concert at the Barbican Concert Hall was the first ever and was the brainchild of the Marketors, and in particular Liveryman Steven Rowe, who conceived of the idea almost two years ago. This was taken up by Alderman Dr Andrew Parmley, now Master of the Worshipful Company of Musicians, who brought together the London Symphony Orchestra, the Barbican Centre and the Guildhall School of Music to create this amazing event.

With an audience including 750 from the Livery, plus the Lord Mayor and Sheriffs, this was a fitting conclusion to the 50th City of London Festival. The London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev, together with soprano Renee Fleming, performed Debussy's "La mer", Henri Dutilleux's "le temps l'horloge", Ravel's "Sheherazade", and the amazing "Petrushka" by Stravinsky. A truly moving and emotional occasion.

A reception in the interval gave the opportunity for a welcome from Kathryn McDowell, the LSO Managing Director, and Alderman David Wootton, the Right Honourable The Lord Mayor who took the opportunity to announced his forthcoming Composition Prize. In all a memorable Sunday evening in delightful company. If you missed it why not book for the next one which will be Sunday 16th June 2013.

John Flynn
Master Marketor

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