Category Archives: Recent Engagements

Some of Julian’s recent engagements:

July 2021: Organist and pianist for wedding reception of the Reverend Benjamin Weitzmann and Mrs Elizabeth Weitzmann at Merchant Taylors’ Hall

This event, postponed from January 2021, was one of the first in-person City events since the lifting of Coronavirus social restrictions.

Uniquely among Livery Company halls, Merchant Taylors’ Hall has a working organ. It was the last organ to be built by Renatus Harris, in 1722, originally for the church of St Dionis Backchurch (later pulled down). The current organ in the Hall was installed in 1966; it was built by Noel Mander and incorporated much of the pipework from Harris’ organ.

It is believed that the first time the British National Anthem (then, “God save great George our King”) was sung was in Merchant Taylors’ Hall. On this evening, the National Anthem was played on the organ to accompany the Loyal Toast.

October 2019: Pianist for Bowden Charter Dinner, Worshipful Company of Marketors, at Butchers’ Hall

This event is named after Reginald Bowden, the first Master Marketor, at the Company’s foundation as a Guild in 1975, and commemorates the granting of a Royal Charter to the Marketors’ Company in 2010. This is one of the first Livery Company events to be held in Butchers’ Hall following its reopening after a major refurbishment.

April 2019: Pianist for Spring Livery Dinner, Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards, at Grocers’ Hall

Julian took on the role of pianist at very short notice, stepping in to fill an after-dinner recital slot after the originally booked pianist became indisposed.

Each year, for the tenure of that year’s Master, the Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards issues a specially themed twin pack of playing cards. This year’s theme commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Moon landings.

March 2019: Pianist for Rouledge Dinner, Worshipful Company of Tin Plate Workers’ alias Wire Workers’ dinner, Girdlers’ Hall

Julian was the pianist for this dinner, which included playing in the top table party to the Parade of the Tin Soldiers march.

After dinner, Julian accompanied Ed White (baritone) in a recital that included a Schubert song and a song from the musical, Show Boat.

January 2019: Pianist for Installation Dinner, Worshipful Company of Marketors, Drapers’ Hall

Julian was the pianist for the dinner to mark the installation of the Marketors’ Company’s new Master, Andrew Cross. With a nod to the new Master’s New Zealand connection, the music played included the traditional New Zealand Maori song, Pokarekare Ana.