Press coverage

Roll on Friday, March 2012
‘A&O & Freshfields – Battle of the Bands’, Matthew at ROF

Or at least battle of the choirs.
Both firms are fielding singers for a charity concert at Sadler’s Wells on 29th April. They’re being joined by choirs from the Financial Times and Royal Bank of Canada, 100 London schoolchildren and the National Symphony Orchestra. So together they should make some noise. Read full article.

Carenza Hugh-Jones’s
Classical Music, Feb

“It’s an old maxim that simple ideas are often the best, and here’s one that will make you kick yourself that you didn’t think of it first: going into offices and giving employees music lessons during the day. It seemed such an obvious idea to Howard Charles and Mark Luther that they had no idea how quickly their company would develop. ‘Mark and I are both professional singers and about five years ago some people contacted us, asking for singing lessons,’ explains Howard Charles, Co-Director of City Music Services. ‘We started giving them the occasional singing lesson at their office [the law firm Allen & Overy] and very quickly we both sat down and realised this was a really good business opportunity. Within the space of a few months, City Music Services was born. Read full article.

Financial Times, April 2008
Emma Crichton-Miller talks to the new midlife musicians
It’s playback time…
Office-based music lessons are providing stress-busting inspiration to City execs. Read full article.

November 2009

Allen & Overy staff have staged a production of Bizet’s Carmen at Sadler’s Wells in London to an audience of 1,200.
The event raised over £15,000 for the British Red Cross and three East London primary schools: Christ Church, Sir John Cass and Stepney Greencoat. Read full article.