London Alumni Services of Thanksgiving
Two spectacular services of thanksgiving for the 600th Anniversary were held in London in 2012 and 2013.
Thousands of alumni and friends congregated in St Paul’s Cathedral (2012) and Westminster Abbey (2013) to celebrate the University’s 600th Anniversary and its seventh century of exploration in the run up to Christmas.
At St Paul’s, Bill Bryson, Jack Vettriano, Anna Ford, Peter Allis, Lord Robertson and Crispin Bonham-Carter were among the congregation and delivered readings set within a special composition by Paul Mealor, which was premiered at the event. The music, commissioned specially for the occasion by the London Alumni Club, was performed by the St Salvator's Chapel Choir, Thomas Wilkinson (Organ) & the State Trumpeters of Her Majesty's Life Guards, and conducted by Michael Downes.
In the presence of Her Royal Highness The Princess Alexandra, over 2,000 guests joined in the commemoration of six centuries of people and ideas.
In 2013, Westminster Abbey hosted the second service of thanksgiving. Welcoming the University to Westminster Abbey, the Dean of Westminster, The Very Reverend John Hall said:
“I am delighted to welcome St Andrew’s graduates to the Abbey. We are all aware of the enormous contribution that the University’s alumni have made to life in the UK and overseas.
“It is a particular pleasure to be a part of the 600th anniversary celebrations.”
Both services raised money for a London Scholarship Fund, which was established by the London Alumni Club in 2012 to allow young undergraduates from the Greater London area to study at the University. More than £150,000 was raised and the Club is continuing to raise money toward the scholarship fund through their programme of events.
The events were supported by a series of corporate partners, including SWMitchell Capital, Swarovski, and Jaguar Land Rover.