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Top city firms sing for homeless charity fundraiser

19th March 2012
On 29 April 2012, City Music Services presents a Gala Concert for Anchor House – Home and Hope Appeal at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, Islington EC1R, at 6.30pm.

In association with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Allen & Overy LLP, The Financial Times and The Royal Bank of Canada.

Featuring 100 London school children, accompanied by The National Symphony Orchestra and the Anchor House choir

Special guest appearance by Barry McGuigan MBE 

For tickets, buy online at or telephone Sadler’s Wells box office: 0844 412 4300

Singers from the above firms and schools have been rehearsing hard for weeks to showcase their talent in a night of entertainment to raise funds and awareness for the Anchor House Home and Hope Appeal. The Appeal aims to transform Anchor House, an award-winning residential life skills centre for homeless people in Canning Town, into a 21st century facility and fit-for-purpose complex to enable Anchor House to continue to turn around the lives of East London’s homeless.

As well as an appearance by the Anchor House residents’ choir, the event will feature the National Symphony Orchestra; choirs from Allen & Overy, Freshfields, The Financial Times and Royal Bank of Canada; as well as pupils from 4 city schools: Stepney Greencoat Primary School, Sir John Cass Primary School, Christchurch CofE Primary School and Haggerston School. The children will perform specially commissioned pieces written by composer Sara Charles.

Barry McGuigan MBE, former boxing champion and patron of Anchor House, will also be making a special guest appearance on the night with his band.

Guy Beringer QC, Chairman of City Music Services and patron of Anchor House, says of the event:

“CMS is delighted to be able to present this unique evening of entertainment to raise much needed funds and awareness for the Anchor House Home and Hope Appeal. It will also showcase the notable musical talent that exists amongst the participant firms and schools and give them the opportunity to perform with the National Symphony Orchestra at Sadler’s Wells. We are thrilled that Barry McGuigan MBE, a patron of Anchor House, has agreed to play an active role in supporting this worthy cause by appearing with his band on the night!”


Jazmine Sandison
Head of Marketing and Communications
Anchor House 81 Barking Road, London E16 4HB
Phone: 020 7476 6062

For more information about the event please contact Jazmine Sandison (as above) or:

Howard Charles
Director, City Music Services
Phone: 07930 983 171


Anchor House (registered charity name The London Inter-Diocesan Apostleship of the Sea; charity number 253669) is an award-winning residential and life skills centre based in Canning Town, situated in the London Borough of Newham, the third most deprived borough in the country.

Anchor House supports up to 180 people a year by providing them with a stable and safe environment, helping them to develop aspirations, confidence and self-esteem and enabling them to move towards leading independent, self-fulfilling lives. Residents sign an out of homelessness contract and the root causes of homelessness are addressed through training, education and personal rehabilitation. The £9.3m Home and Hope Appeal has been launched to ensure the charity’s lasting legacy continues and by 2013, Anchor House will provide top quality accommodation, training and personal development to give its residents the best chance to find a job and a home.

Anchor House’s patrons include Barry McGuigan MBE, Jeremy Paxman, The Most Revd Vincent Nicholls, Archbishop of Westminster, The Rt Hon Anne Widdecombe PC and Barbara Windsor MBE.

City Music Services (registered company number 4605317) specializes in the promotion of work-life balance through musical performance and dance opportunities within city firms and in CMS’s own premises in Billingsgate Market, as well as facilitating and producing fundraising musical performances which bring together employees of city firms, school children and professional musicians in some of the UK’s most prestigious performance venues.

Participants are given the opportunity to be directed by professionals and perform in world famous venues whilst at the same time generating funds for very worthy charitable causes. Previous productions produced by CMS include Bizet’s Carmen (November 2011) at Sadler’s Wells and Mozart’s The Magic Flute (February 2010) at Glyndebourne Opera House. Both of these were in association with Allen & Overy and featured not only their staff and alumni but school children from inner city schools. CMS’s clients include: Allen & Overy, Freshfields, KPMG, Simmons & Simmons and Vodafone.