It’s time to shine a light on the musical life around Lloyd’s. The number of clubs and societies that connect people at Lloyd’s daily shows how much talent there is in the market.

We are very grateful to all those in the Lloyd’s community who give their free time voluntarily for the benefit of all of us.

Paterino Music concert, November 8, 2017

The Lime Street Guide team was delighted to attend the Tenth Anniversary Concert of Paterino Music, a partnership between Lloyd’s member Patrick Webb and Erin Choi of Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Erin came specifically from Hong Kong to celebrate her birthday on the day – congratulations, Erin!

Erin singing, Patrick on the piano

Erin singing, Patrick on the piano

The concert was held in St Olave Church in the heart of the City, close to the Tower of London. Together with St Katharine Cree, St Olave Hart Street is one of the few remaining medieval buildings which survived the Great Fire of London in 1666. It is also the burial place of Samuel Pepys, Clerk to the King’s Navy and one of the first visitors to Edward Lloyd’s Coffee House.

Musical life around Lloyd’s – where insurance and music meet

Started in 2007, Paterino Music’s concerts have been the meeting point for amateur musicians who are or have been part of the Lloyd’s market.

Musical life around Lloyd’s – where insurance and music meet

Roger Flaxman

Musical life around Lloyd’s – where insurance and music meet

Nick Martin

Musical life around Lloyd’s – where insurance and music meet

Litsa Tunnah

Among the performers at this anniversary concert were Roger Flaxman of Flaxman Partners playing the saxophone; Peter Sturgess, who is a specialist Lloyd’s broker formerly at Miller, singing; and Nick Martin, an accordionist and ex-broker at Lloyd’s.

Our regular bonus is Litsa Tunnah, a virtuoso violinist who has broadcast for BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM, and performs as a soloist with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Programme with biographies of the players:
Musical life around Lloyd’s – where insurance and music meet

From Puccini to Irving Berlin, the concert programme was extensive. The concerts are organised regularly by Patrick, who is not only keen on music, but also golf – he was captain of the Lloyd’s Golf Club in 2003 and became its president in 2005.

If you have a talent and want to perform, or would simply like to join the audience next time, contact Patrick Webb through the Lime Street Guide team at info@limestreetguide.com.

Lloyd’s Choir

Lloyd’s Choir, which dates back to 1922, is another showcase for Lloyd’s musical talents. Although it became less active in the 1930s and disbanded before the Second World War, the choir was re-established in 1950s.

It became restricted to male voices in the 1970s but reverted to being mixed in the following decade. The directors and chairmen of the Choir have changed over time, but as the years pass its singers have become increasingly professional.

Roger Flaxman (pictured above), saxophonist at the Paterino Music anniversary concert and chairman of Flaxman Partners, said: “Lloyd’s of London should be immensely proud of its world-class ambassadors. Send them on tour!”

Musical life around Lloyd’s – where insurance and music meet

If you want to hear the Choir live, you can put a couple of dates in your diary. The next concert will be Carols at Lloyd’s Rostrum on Tuesday December 12 2017 at 1pm, admission by Lloyd’s Pass or invitation only. Most importantly, the Christmas Concert of 2017 will take place on Thursday December 14 at 6.30pm at St Katharine Cree.

The Walbrook Music Trust

Jane Gilbert, who has delighted us with her flute-playing for many years, is performing again at St Stephen Walbrook on Tuesday December 19.

Jane, a former Lloyd’s insurance broker, owns and runs the independent Kidnapping for Ransom insurance broker E.S.J.G. Limited. She is also the great-great-niece of Cuthbert Heath who, following the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, sent a telegram to his Agent saying: “Pay all our policy holders in full, irrespective of the terms of their policies.”

This established Lloyd’s in the United States, now one of our most important markets.

Jane was married to Jeffery Gilbert, the Lloyd’s legend who lately worked at Atrium. Both their contributions were invaluable when we put The Lime Street Guide to Lloyd’s book together.

The programme for the concert, which begins at 1pm on December 19, is as follows:

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Musical life around Lloyd’s – where insurance and music meet

Jane Gilbert and Neil Wright

The London Phoenix Orchestra

The London Phoenix Orchestra (LPO) has been running since 1924. It was founded as the Insurance Orchestra by Harold Rawlinson to provide members of the industry with an opportunity to play and socialise.

However, it has since expanded and involves people from many backgrounds, including some music students, and is now considered one of London’s finest amateur orchestras.

Rawlinson retired as conductor in 1969, whereupon the bold decision was taken to hire a professional conductor; the LPO has never looked back. The brilliant Levon Parikian currently holds the position.

Musical life around Lloyd’s – where insurance and music meet

Alan Grant and Reg Brown

Reg Brown, the LPO President, started his Lloyd’s career in 1959, and has amassed a wealth of positions including being a former president of the Chartered Insurance Institute.

Alan Grant joined the London Phoenix Orchestra in 1976 and is now its chairman. As well as being the LPO’s French horn player, Alan is also chairman of the Insurance Orchestral Society, non-executive director in seven insurance companies in London as well as chair of the Risk Committee.

Alan is also part-owner of a ski chalet company, a piano player and a rock band member, to name just a few of his current endeavours!

The LPO has gone from strength to strength, and performs regularly at prestigious venues including Cadogan Hall and the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Its repertoire extends from traditional to folk music of Eastern Europe.

The high standard was demonstrated at the superb Spring Concert of March 23 2017 at St John’s Smith Square, which the Lime Street Guide team attended.

Musical life around Lloyd’s – where insurance and music meet

Prospective players are always welcome to apply, and should contact Levon Parikian via the website – http://www.phoenixorchestra.org/players.

Upcoming concerts include:

Concert for Peace. 1 March 2018 – 7:30pm, St. John’s, Smith Square
American Beauty. 8 May 2018 – 7:30pm, St. John’s, Smith Square
A Celebration Of Women In Music. 3 July 2018 – 7:30pm, Cadogan Hall

All these activities would not be possible without the support of the LPO’s sponsors. As a registered charity, the orchestra relies on donations and the income provided by Corporate Members, Vice-Presidents and Friends, as well as individual donations.

Major supporters have included Aon, Catlin, Chartered Insurance Institute, Clyde & Co, CNA Hardy, Dual, Novae, Scor, Sompo Canopius, Talbot and Temple Legal.

If you would like to support, you can become a Friend for an annual subscription of £30. Friends’ subscriptions go towards core funding for the orchestra’s activities. Anyone can apply to be a Friend and will receive ticket discounts of £4 per concert and £12 p.a., as well as the chance to attend rehearsals.

Corporate Membership: Overture, Concerto and Symphony memberships are available from £1,200 p.a. This series of packages offers excellent value corporate memberships and networking opportunities.

If you would like to know more about supporting the London Phoenix Orchestra please contact chairman Alan Grant on alangrant1000@gmail.com.