Tower of London – London – Sunday morning 27th April 2014 –

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Me, Maria Arakie, Glenn Wilson, Carol and Nicholas Bosworth

This morning it’s up to London on the tube, for a lunchtime concert by the Connaught Opera including the Vocal Group from the Merchant Taylors’ School in Northwood. The concert took place in the New Armouries Banqueting Suite inside the walls of the Tower. I had been informed that in Royal Palaces Chairs and Mayors were not allowed to wear their regalia so we left our chains of office at home, fearing we may well end up in chains in the Tower!!  I chatted to Hugh Jones the Director of Music at Merchant Taylors and Duncan Saunderson the School conductor. We were met by Glenn Wilson (baritone) and had a photo call with Maria Arakie (soprano) & pianist Nicholas Bosworth. 
The concert was ‘Bless em all’ commemorating the Great War and featured numbers from before and during the war with many old favourites. The numbers were interspaced with amusing WW1 jokes told by Glen Wilson. There was a short recital by Nicholas Bosworth featuring works by Elgar.
During their first sequence the 12 members of the Vocal Group sang a couple of numbers in German, a real pleasure. Glen did an excellent rendition of ‘Two Little Boys’ and a singalong finished the concert. Maria was magnificent as ever with many costume changes throughout the concert, apparently she has over 100. After the concert we chatted to the Merchant Taylors’ Burser Ian Williams and his wife, later we were treated to tea and cake.
Since January 2003, Connaught Opera have arranged and performed around 200 concerts a year for older people in the Greater London Boroughs and beyond.
Merchant Taylors’ School is a British independent day school for boys, originally located in the City of London. Since 1933 it has been located on 250 acres (1 km2) of grounds at Sandy Lodge, Northwood.
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Merchant Taylors’ Vocal Group
 
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More photos on https://www.flickr.com/photos/chairmanlesmead/sets/
 
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