Fans of the Festival

Fans of the Festival

We asked some of our audience members, schools, performers and volunteers what it is that they love most about the City of London Festival, and why they keep coming back year after year...

Elizabeth Day

I have been a huge fan of the City of London Festival for nine years, after meeting a complete stranger on the tube who told me all about it. I am most excited by the astonishing array of musical talent from all corners of the world, the ever-increasing number of free events each year (I attended 21 last year!), the opportunity to attend concerts in many of the city's ancient buildings, and the extraordinary educational opportunities created by Ian Ritchie and his team for young Londoners. I am now hoping to apply to be a volunteer steward at some of the events.

Elizabeth Day, audience member since 2004

I've been involved in City of London Festival Photography for the last 6 years, documenting most of the indoor and outdoor events. The atmosphere is just brilliant and even a few drops of rain now and then can't spoil the celebrations. It is, without a doubt, the highlight of the year for me. Every year the Festival presents young and talented artists as well as more established ones who perform in very special venues around the City. Capturing those moments and presenting them to a bigger audience is a real privilege. Every year, more and more people gather for the outdoor events...when I see the happy faces of tourists and City workers enjoying themselves, I know that I am part of something special!

Robert Piwko
Robert Piwko, Festival photographer
John Williams

Having played in the first City of London Festival in 1962 it is a particular honour to be invited back for this 50th anniversary festival, and an opportunity to present an exciting and varied programme which also reflects the guitar in 19th century London and the present. Needless to say, the lovely guild halls and many other traditional spaces have great atmosphere for music

John Williams, classical guitar virtuoso

I am a great supporter of CoLF, mainly because of the wonderful experiences it has provided for our children over the years. From working with a Brazilian Percussionist to form a Samba band from recycled materials through to performing the haka with the Maori elders on the steps of St. Paul's, these opportunities have provided our children with memories they will keep for the rest of their lives. Thank you for continuing to involve us in these fantastic projects.

Pauline Poole, teacher at Michael Faraday School

Stewarding at The City of London Festival for the past ten years has been our privilege. It gives us the opportunity to hear wonderful music, played to a very high standard in fabulous locations. Working with such a dedicated and friendly team is a pleasure as is meeting members of the audience many of whom return year after year.

Christine & Douglas Nevard

It has been a pleasure for the Plaisterers' Company to host Festival Concerts in our Hall. We know that the performances will be of the highest standard and hugely enjoyable. That combined with our superb plasterwork makes the whole experience unforgettable.

Nigel Bamping, Plaisterers' Hall

I got involved in the Festival programme last Summer through Age Concern. I attended three concerts, which I thoroughly enjoyed... Both the music and the venues were superb.

Chris Grice, audience member through the Festival's Concert Contact programme

Since the Festival's inception, the LSO has greatly enjoyed the opportunity to perform in the extraordinary venues at the heart of the City of London - from Berlioz Requiem and Mahler 8 in St Paul's Cathedral, to performances in The Guildhall and The Mansion House, and chamber recitals in livery halls. The Festival offers a unique opportunity for people to explore the hidden gems of the City, and to be stimulated and challenged by the artistic programmes they encounter in these special spaces.

Kathryn McDowell, LSO Managing Director

City of London Festival is run by The City Arts Trust Limited, registered charity no. 204828.

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The City of London Corporation is the principal funder of The City Arts Trust Limited

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