Celebratory Lunch with Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan

On Monday 15 May we welcomed our new Patron, Sadiq Khan with a Celebratory Lunch at The May Fair Hotel.

We were joined by 150 guests from many backgrounds;  business supporters and City high-fliers included ABRSM, Linklaters, PSP Investments, the Duet Foundation and Pricoa Capital Group, with the music industry represented by UK Music, PRS, BASCA, Live Nation, Annie Mac (Radio 1), Steve Lamacq (BBC 6 Music), DJ Ritu, Singer Sandie Shaw and the Feeling’s Dan Sells. We were also joined by Justine Simons, OBE, (Deputy Mayor for Culture and the Creative Industries), and Amy Lame, the Mayor’s first Night Czar.

We also welcomed two of our Scholars: Rebecca Norbury, aged 14, from Sutton Music Service (a 2012-16 Scholar) silenced the room with her trumpet performance of Le Secret by Gautier. Rebecca is working towards her Grade 8 and has just been accepted to the Guildhall School of Music & Drama – both fantastic achievements for someone still so young. Benjamin Radji, a 12-year old violininst from Lewisham Music (2014-18 Scholar) spoke passionalty and with impressive clarity about his love of the violin while his mum, Corinne, gave us an emotional insight in to just how much the scholarship has changed their lives. Benjamin, Corinne and Rebecca’s huge contribution brought the charity to life and we owe them a big thank you for their inspirational performances.

The Mayor gave an impassioned speech, emphasising the importance of the arts and music to our society. He highlighted how it develops skills, builds confidence and enables young people to reach their full potential, offering opportunty and opening doors. The Mayor’s Music Fund plays a vital role reaching children and young people who wouldn’t otherwise have access to such opportunities: ‘Children who get involved in music, the arts and culture, do better at school and live healthier, happier and fuller lives’.

The guests, who enjoyed a stunning 3-course meal, also took part in our silent auction in which, among other things, a Monopoly Board, signed by the Mayor of London, went for £1000 – they can definitely pass Go!

A big thank you to all who attended the event, in particular to The May Fair Hotel for their generosity and support.

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