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Rocking out in support of the UK’s oldest children’s charity

For one night, the City will become the not-so-square mile

Rocking out in support of the UK’s oldest children’s charity

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January 15 2011
Lindsay Macpherson

Next month the City of London is staging its first major rock concert. The 600-year-old Guildhall will reverberate to the riffs of headline act Bryan Adams (pictured) after a glittering reception and will then host a dinner for 700 guests, with the aim of raising more than £200,000 in aid of the UK’s oldest children’s charity, Coram, and international disaster relief charity, RedR.

The evening’s auction will feature one-time-only lots including the 74.35ct black spinel necklace designed for Angelina Jolie to wear at the premiere of her recent movie Salt with a personal note from the actress, and an exclusive stay at Mansion House, the Lord Mayor’s official residence. The date, February 22, is the eve of the birthday of Handel, one of the first governors of Coram, which was set up as a refuge for abandoned children in 1720, and music therapy plays a key role in the charity’s work on behalf of vulnerable children.