City of London’s Lord Mayor plays organ symphony at St Pauls

Andrew Parmley, the first music teacher and classical organist to be elected as Lord Mayor of the City of London in its 800-year history, will play the Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony at St Paul’s Cathedral this evening.

Parmley, who trained at the Royal Academy of Music, will play the Grand Organ and will appear as solo player with the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO), as part of a Gala Concert in aid of The Lord Mayor’s Appeal.

The piece, otherwise known as Symphony No. 3 in C minor, was composed by Saint-Saëns in 1886 and takes around 35 minutes to perform. The Gala Concert will also feature Parry’s I Was Glad, Allegri’s Miserere and Walton’s Coronation Te Deum, sung by the St Paul’s Cathedral Choir.

Speaking during rehearsals for the Gala Concert, Lord Mayor Andrew Parmley said:

“The City of London is a world leading financial centre and home to a vibrant cultural hub and, not only do we believe that arts and culture are essential to enriching people’s lives, they are crucial to the City’s success and woven into our history. Culture, open and available to all, is part of what attracts people to work in, live in, and visit the City.

"I have nominated three musical good causes for this year’s Lord Mayor’s Appeal. LSO Discovery, the orchestra’s pioneering music education programme, St Paul’s Music Outreach, and Music in Hospitals to benefit from funds raised by this Gala Concert.

“As very probably the first ever organist Lord Mayor in 827 years, I am delighted 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, certainly, in the City’s mayoral history, and unlikely to be repeated.”

The City of London Corporation, which is headed by Lord Mayor Andrew Parmley, invests £80m every year in heritage and cultural activities of all kinds. It is the UK’s largest funder of culture after the government, the BBC, and the Heritage Lottery Fund.


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