Christopher Seow, founder of ‘Reflections of The Lord Mayor (LMR)’, the annual dinner celebrating the achievements of past Lord Mayors of the City of London while raising funds for the Lord Mayor’s Appeal charities, has announced that future LMR events will likewise promote talent in the culinary, glass and musical arts.
The announcement was made at the 4th annual ‘Reflections of the Lord Mayor’ Dinner held last Wednesday, 17th May 2017 at Painters’ Hall in London. The dinner, held in honour of Sir Roger Gifford, the 685th Lord Mayor and current Chairman of the Green Finance Initiative (GFI) of the City of London Corporation, was attended by over 100 guests, including senior diplomats, liverymen, leaders and decision makers from across industry. The event is considered a ‘new’ City tradition.
As a nod to London’s undisputed role as a world food capital, Seow told the assembled guests that the 2018 LMR Dinner will feature canapés prepared by the winners of Zest Quest Asia 2018, the culinary competition founded by Cyrus Todiwala OBE DL and Pervin Todiwala of Café Spice Namaste to promote the knowledge and understanding of classical Asian cuisine in Britain.
During the evening, glass artist Jayne Ford received recognition as the first ever winner of the ‘Reflections of the Lord Mayor Roundel Competition’. The competition, launched this year in collaboration with the Glaziers’ Livery Company, sought to create a permanent memento inspired by the work of a former Lord Mayor. Seow said that the roundel competition would now be an annual fixture open to both amateur and professional artists.
Dato Dr Kah-Ming Ng, world-renowned harpsichordist and musical director of early music ensemble, Charivari Agréable, gave a brief performance on the night, leading to Seow’s announcements that selected students from the Royal College of Music would be performing at the 2018 LMR Dinner.
Seow, who besides organising the ‘Reflections of The Lord Mayor’ event is also a Visiting Lecturer at Cass Business School, said, ‘I am delighted that the ‘Reflections of The Lord Mayor’ Dinner – an occasion to hear former Lord Mayors talk about their experiences during their term as well as their insights on developments affecting the City since they left office — will now not only raise money for The Lord Mayor’s Appeal charities but also dedicate itself to promoting the talents of young chefs, glass artists and musicians – the artists and artisans whose work does so much to enrich our lives and add deepen our experience of London.’
This year’s ‘Reflections of The Lord Mayor’ Dinner raised £2,400 for Sir Roger Gifford’s chosen beneficiary: City Music Foundation.