The Mercers' company Livery Concert

Monday 30th November 2015

The mistress and I were invited to the Mercer’s Annual concert and supper in Mercers Hall. As befits the premier livery company Mercers Hall is rather special. Apart from the grandest reception hall in the city they have their own chapel, a legacy from Henry VIII who sold the land to them with the condition that they include a chapel in recognition of the Abbey that one stood on the same site. The concert was given by musicians from the International Musicians’ Seminar, Prussia Cove. A string quartet and pianist performed works by Dvorak and Brahms. Beautiful music performed by such talented musicians in a very striking hall. Before the concert we had been welcomed by several of the Mercers on duty as hosts and I had the opportunity of meeting the most senior past master Mercer who has an interest in tobacco and the history of our company. It is going to be my pleasure to present him with a copy of our history unearthed by the Senior Warden on E-Bay! A lovely evening rounded off by supper in the dining rooms.