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On Tuesday 14th March a very special gala concert took place in the glorious surroundings of St Paul’s Cathedral to raise funds for the Lord Mayor’s Appeal in aid of LSO Discovery programme, St Paul’s Music Outreach and Music in Hospitals.

With over 1500 guests in attendance, Alderman Dr Andrew Parmley, the Lord Mayor of the City of London gave a historic performance as organ soloist performing the Saint-Saëns symphony.  This was alongside the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) and the programme also featured Parry’s I Was Glad, Allegri’s Miserere and Walton’s Coronation Te Deum sung by the St Paul’s Cathedral Choir.

The evening commenced with a speech from the Lady Mayoress at both pre-concert receptions in the Grange St Paul’s Hotel and in the Cathedral Crypt and then guests were welcomed into the cathedral for, in the words of Dr Parmley, ‘a unique experience in the history of Lord Mayors’. The Lord Mayor also added “As very probably the first ever organist Lord Mayor in 827 years, I am truly honoured to be playing the solo part in the Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony with the LSO in the magnificent surroundings of St. Paul’s Cathedral.”

The concert was followed by very special celebratory dinner in the elegant Plaisterers  hall, attended by the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress.

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