This year, at the Installation Court, Martin Muirhead was installed as Master, Michael Birrell as Upper Warden, John MacCabe as Renter Warden. Our outgoing Master, Dr David Giachardi was installed as Deputy Master. Prior to this, Stephen Bradbury was installed as our new Honorary Treasurer after thanks were given to the outgoing Treasurer, Iain McGrory, for his outstanding service to the Company. Liveryman David Chitty was installed as a Court Assistant, and Robert Pinchen was installed as an Honorary Assistant to the Court in his capacity as Chairman of the Livery Committee.
We install our new Master every year on Candlemas Day, the day in the Church Calendar marking the Virgin Mary presenting the infant Jesus in the Temple. After the installation Court, the Master and Wardens processed to the Church of St James Garlickhythe for the Election Day Service which was taken by our Chaplain, the Reverend Gary Bradley whose sermon about the importance of vision was most inspiring.
Then the congregation returned to Painter’s Hall for a reception and convivial Luncheon. During his maiden speech as Master, Martin Muirhead told us about his Charity for the year, Serious Trust , and introduced us to the Chair of Serious, Mrs Ann Grant who told us about their work. Also, a cheque for £25,000 was presented to Mrs Clea Harmer the CEO of Sands, the Master’s Charity for 2019 which brought the amount raised during the year to in excess of £30,000.
During lunch, our Becker music scholar, Andrew Hamilton, gave us a recital of ‘Some Enchanted Evening’ from South Pacific and ‘Votre Toast’ from Carmen. The latter was so well received, he had to sing it again. Two beneficiaries of Serious Trust also entertained us during coffee. Past Master Michael Hart gave thanks to the outgoing Master, David Giachardi, for his contribution to the Horners in what had been a most difficult year for him. Finally, the Father of the Company, Jeremy Cartwright proposed the toast to the Horners, ‘May they thrive root and branch forever’.
Pictures from the event can be seen in the Gallery Section by clicking here.