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On Wednesday 21st June The Lord Mayor and The Lady Mayoress hosted a Midsummer Evening of Music and Wine in the grand surroundings of Guildhall. The evening started with a Champagne reception in the Old Library with a string quartet from the Guildhall School of Music. This was followed by tasting of five different wines – chosen, sourced and introduced by the Master of the Vintners’ Company Robert Rolls – which were paired with musical performances by musicians from the London Symphony Orchestra over the course of a 3-course dinner in the Great Hall. Matching with the midsummer theme, the music included a piece from ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ by LSO Flute Quintet performed in the Great Hall decorated in woodland style with silver birch trees. 

Guests also had the opportunity to bid for some fantastic prizes in the silent auction via electronic bidding tablets and in the live auction led by Christie’s auctioneer Hugh Edmeades. Prizes included a private recital in your own home or workplace by an LSO ensemble, an opportunity to join the LSO on tour in Madrid, fine wine, minibreaks in the UK and abroad and various unique experiences that are rarely available to the public. 

The Lord Mayor’s Appeal would like to express their sincere thank yous to the event Committee chaired by Mark Austen, the LSO musicians for performing, to everyone who attended – particularly the premium table hosts XTX Markets and Beazley - and those who donated prizes or supported the event in another way.

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