The Lord Mayor’s Appeal at the Guildhall

Wednesday 11th September saw the flagship event of this year's 2013 Lord Mayor's Appeal, hosted at the iconic Guildhall in the City of London.

The exclusive event was attended by none other than HRH Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, who joined specially invited guests to celebrate ‘The Best of British’ in the most prestigious of settings.

Guests were greeted with an alfresco drinks reception in the Guildhall’s courtyard, where they enjoyed English sparkling wine, vodka martinis and sumptuous canapés by Create Food & Party Design.

A quintessentially British menu was devised by Executive Chef of Create, Alan Lucas, who worked with the winner of the Great British Menu 2012, two star Michelin Chef Phil Howard. On the menu was a traditional roast sirloin of beef and a dessert of lemon posset with blackberries and doughnuts.

The event was hosted in support of this year’s Lord Mayor’s Appeal, where the focus is strongly geared towards the arts, particularly music. The main beneficiary is new charity the City Music Foundation which has been established to support talented musicians as they launch their professional career. The charity provides much needed mentoring, performance opportunities, publicity and financial support to emerging stars.

A musical theme was evident throughout the evening, where entertainment featured music by British swing band Over Board, with award-winning choir Tenebrae taking to the stage during dinner. Winner of the Classic Brits 2012 Best Female Artist Award, violinist, Nicola Benedetti was also on hand to entertain guests as their unforgettable British dinner drew to a close.

The meal and entertainment were followed by a lively auction hosted by Lord Dalmeny, chairman of Sotheby’s. The entire event proved a huge success, raising over £130,000 for the Lord Mayor’s Appeal.

Susan Dorrington of the Lord Mayor’s Appeal said: “I want to thank you so much for your amazing support and help last night. The Create team were fantastic, helpful and efficient.”