- So what do I do?
Tuesday, 27 November 2007
Monday, 26 November 2007
Sunday, 25 November 2007
For those wondering if the Company's participation in the Lord Mayor's Show was a figment of the Clerk's imagination - something to fill up the odd corners of the newsletter - look no further. Here is proof.
Proudly declaring themselves to be Chartered Architects are the Master, the Upper Warden (who seems to have drawn the short straw pole carrying-wise), the Master of Students and the Almoner. In case you were wondering about the aged bus and the even more aged steam roller called Joan, these are simply props to add gravitas and cohesion to an otherwise disparate group of Livery Companies who combined to make up the Modern Companies entry in the Show.
Maybe there should be a modest prize for the best caption for the photograph. I personally wonder how or why the steamroller managed to miss the opportunity of flattening the last surviving building from the previous Paternoster development.
Thursday, 22 November 2007
This rather silly illustration of a sword was the only one I could lay hands on quickly to illustrate the letter which I received this morning. I post this so that you all may realize that curious things do pass across the Clerk's desk from time to time.
Who knows, one of you may just have and answer to the nice man's request - a venue for a school of swordsmanship, a burning desire to join his organization or perhaps a polite suggestion as to what the Clerk might do with this singular approach.
Sir, the nice man writes,
I write to you as a result of my contact with the Cutlers' Hall on Warwick Lane and would be grateful for a moment of your time to consider a small request. I represent an organization who’s aim is to reintroduce back into our City a discipline who long ago were represented by a guild of London that has long since faded into memory - The Company of Masters, established by Henry VIII, which represented those who taught the gentlemen of the City how to wield a sword.
Suggestions on one side of a piece of paper in a plain brown envelope (or the blog equivalent) please.
There is currently a theological debate raging (or perhaps not quite raging, more, underway) about the possible inclusion in the Company's forthcoming Carol Service of a couple of Cornish Carols - the Vicar of St Mary-le-Bow is not sure about the theological soundness of non-conformist carols. watch this space.
It has been a busy week for the Master and, to a lesser extent, his hard pressed Clerk. Hot on the heels of the Master's Reception the following day saw them both at Westminster Abbey along with Livery brethren from 70 or so other Companies for the annual Festival of St Cecilia.
This service, run by the Musicians' Benevolent Fund is held alternately at the Abbey, Westminster Cathedral, St Paul's and Southwark Cathedral. The music, provided by the combined choirs of the first three of these establishments, is spectacularly good. There is a tradition that an anthem is specially commissioned for this service each year. This year's contribution was a setting to music by Gabriel Jackson (1972-) of a 5th century Ambrosian Hymn. It was not universally enjoyed by those who would not list modern choral music among their passtimes on their Livery Master CV's.
A true joy of the occasion was the seating allocated to the Masters and Clerks who processed in full fig - retracing, as it were, the steps taken by the Monarch and her consort a few days earlier. We were sat facing the Abbey's wonderful south round window (illustrated above) through which the sun streamed. Even made the sermon pass quickly.
The Master accompanied by his lady, then joined several others at a lunch in the Banqueting House, Whitehall.
The following evening sees the Master as the principal guest at the Paviors' Company Dinner at Haberdashers' Hall