Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Lord Mayor of London to give debut performance with the London Symphony

5:04, 9th March 2017

Alderman Dr Andrew Parmley, the Lord Mayor of the City of London, will give a historic performance as organ soloist with the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) in a gala concert at St Paul’s Cathedral on 14 March.

Dr Parmley will perform Saint-Saëns’ Organ Symphony under the baton of Fabio Luisi as part of a programme also featuring Parry’s I Was Glad, Allegri’s Miserere and Walton’s Coronation Te Deum sung by the St Paul’s Cathedral Choir

The concert will be in aid of the Lord Mayor’s Appeal, with money raised supporting LSO Discovery, St Paul’s Music Outreach and the charity Music in Hospitals.

Dr Parmley said: ‘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. This will be a truly unique experience in the history of Lord Mayors – one that has not happened before and one that is unlikely to happen again, at least in the near future.

‘What is more, the evening is in aid of my Lord Mayor’s Appeal, which is raising money for three incredible charities: LSO Discovery programme, which provides opportunities for disadvantaged young people to engage actively in music-making, St Paul’s Music Outreach and Music in Hospitals.’


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