366th Festival Service and Dinner
Tuesday 12 May 2020
This is an invitation for you and your Master, and members of the company, to join us in our annual Festival celebration in May. Rather than sending out batches of tickets to Livery companies as in the past, we now have an online booking system so that people can apply directly. If the Master is unable to attend then his or her representative would be most welcome.
Every year since 1655 we have taken the opportunity to gather at St Paul's Cathedral in London to give thanks to God for the work of the charity and to celebrate our historic connections with the City. You are invited to join us at this historic celebration.
The Festival Service is one of the oldest and best loved cathedral choral festivals in the world. Music this year will be provided by the choir of St Paul’s, which will be joined by choirs from Liverpool and Southwark Cathedrals. The Bishop of Liverpool will preach.
I am delighted to invite you to this year’s Festival. You can book your tickets for the Festival Service (free) and the Festival Dinner at Merchant Taylors' Hall(£125 per ticket) by clicking the link. There is also a postal application form to download if you prefer. All tickets will be posted out a month before the Festival.
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In 1655 a group of sons of clergymen gathered in St Paul’s Cathedral and a collection was taken for destitute clergy and their families.
The service is now in its 366th year, connecting the Church and City in celebration of the work of the charity.
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Held after the service at nearby Merchant Taylors' Hall, this iconic event, with a drinks reception and City dinner, has become part of our history and is an opportunity to consolidate links between Church and City. This year's speaker is the Revd Lucy Winkett, Rector of St James's Church, Piccadilly.
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