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  • 11th Round Prize-winners' Dinner at Guildhall 24 February 2016

    Story posted 08 April 2016

    The Royal Anniversary Trust hosted a Reception and Dinner at the Guildhall, City of London, on 24 February 2016 to mark the award of Queen’s Anniversary Prizes to 21 universities and colleges in the eleventh biennial round of this national honour.  Chairman of the Royal Anniversary Trust Damon Buffini gave an address welcoming the guests and Martin Donnelly, Permanent Secretary at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills also spoke. 

    Between courses and as a finale a newly-formed choral group from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, “Rubythroat” led by Linda Hirst, performed a sung grace arranged by their Gold Medal student Harry Palmer and a varied repertoire of songs including works by Le Jeune, Banchieri, Orlando Gibbons, Percy Grainger and Sir Michael Tippett.  The Band of the Household Cavalry provided a Fanfare Team of State Trumpeters and a concluding lament was played by Pipe Major McLucas of the London Scottish Regiment.

    Guests included the chancellors and chairs, vice-chancellors and principals of the recipient universities and colleges, and representatives from academia, business and industry, NGOs and the public sector, government and the media.  Support to the event was provided by the Frontline Service of MidKent College and by hospitality students from Canterbury College, Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College, Waltham Forest College and Westminster Kingsway College.