As usual, our Carol service followed a meeting of the Court at Painter Stainer’s Hall. Towards the end of Court, the doors were opened for members of the Company and their Guests to view the Admission Ceremonies. Freeman Caroline Ross was admitted to the Livery after which Anthony Gallagher and Stephen Foote were admitted as Freemen. Andrew Jenkins and Laura Longhurst, both Horners prize winners, were admitted as Associate Horners.
Then we all took our places in the nearby beautiful Wren church of St James Garlickhythe for the Carol Service. Our choir opened the Service with ‘Once in Royal David’s City’. Liveryman Simon Hurell sang a beautiful solo, ‘Comfort me thy people’ from Handel’s Messiah; the Horners’ choir excelled themselves supported by the congregation which once again completely filled the Church.
Supper followed a reception back at Painter’s Hall. The Tournedos of beef were cooked to perfection and wine flowed freely. The winning item from the Jewellery Award a stunning ‘Box of Frogs’ was actioned and raised a massive £700. The Late Past Mistress Gaynor Richard’s horn silver and gold brooch raised £800, both for the Master’s Charity. Our Master, David Giachardi, overcoming tragic personal circumstances to attend, gave the loyal toast followed by his thanks for the Livery’s support for his Charity. This was followed by some musical entertainment. A music scholar from the City of London Boy’s School, Tim Gasiorek, then sang beautifully accompanied on the piano by Alderman Sir Anthony Parmley. Finally, Past Master Emeritus Jeremy Cartwright rounded off the evening with his usual rendition of ‘The Horners’ are best’ with everyone enthusiastically joining in the chorus.
You can see pictures of the occasion in the Gallery by clicking here