Livery Society Report - Bakers witness World Greats on top form

One of the world’s greatest conductors Bernard Haitink was on top form with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican on June 1 and a party from the Baker’s Company Livery Society was there to witness it.
Past Master David Powell, a senior patron of the LSO and a member of its development board, was instrumental in arranging the visit which featured famous unfinished works by two giants of the 19th century.
He could not have chosen an evening to visit any better as Livery Society members and their guests heard Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto with world-renowned Mitsuko Uchida the soloist. The legendary pianist hit the high notes receiving a number of encores.
Anton Bruckner, wishing to create his final masterpiece, slaved meticulously over his Ninth Symphony until the day he died. Although it was unfinished the work stands as pinnacle of achievement and with Bernard Haitink, widely recognised as one of the world’s leading interpreters of the Austrian composer on the rostrum, the maestro and the LSO ensured the evening ended on a high.
It was somewhat apt that it was an evening of unfinished work because it had begun with a splendid meal at a nearby restaurant with the main course being Old Spot ‘tomapork’, braised belly (Pork). It was one of the largest portions of meat most had seen in many a year and in spite of it being cooked to perfection a few were still unable to finish it!
Livery Society Chairman Max Elvidge and the committee would like to thank Past Master David Powell for all his efforts in organising the evening and ensuring it was such a success. He even managed to ensure we received a welcome in the concert programme.
Liveryman Garry Parker