A Song For The Lord Mayor of London


On the occasion of Alderman Charles Bowman, The Lord Mayor of London, becoming President of the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir, a new composition, “A Song For The Lord Mayor of London” was composed by Composer-in-Residence, Paul Carroll, which has been dedicated to The Lord Mayor of London and The Lady Mayoress.

The words of the song written by Dr Graeme Davies were especially written for this song and for the Commonwealth Children’s Choir, and there are references to the first Lord Mayor of London, Dick Whittington and his cat, which makes an appearance at the end of the song:

“When you are only ten years old
you think the city streets are gold.
Or so you think when you are ten,
but once you get there, think again.

For some who hear the city's chime
will find a thousand ways to climb,
while some who hear the same bells call
will find a thousand ways to fall.

But if you fall do not forget -
you just have not succeeded yet.
And if you fall and find a friend
you will be richer in the end.

A time to strive, a time to stay,
a time to turn and walk away.
A time for sun, a time for rain.
There is a time to turn again.

To turn again, to turn again.
The more you give, the more you gain.
For giving makes a golden chain.
There is a time to turn again.

A time to strive, a time to stay.
A time to turn and walk away.
A time for sun, a time for rain.
There is a time to turn again.”

Early in 2018 the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Commonwealth Children’s Choir, conducted by Commonwealth Music Ambassador, Major Simon Haw MBE, “A Song For The Lord Mayor of London” was recorded and it is included on the City of London CD which was produced with the generous support of the City of London Corporation to mark the occasion of the Meeting of Commonwealth Heads of Government in London in April 2018.

The bound score of the composition was presented to Alderman Charles Bowman, The Lord Mayor of London by Major Simon Haw MBE at Mansion House in July 2018.







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