Christmas at Lloyds
For the festive season, we feature an album of Christmas Carols sung by the Lloyds Bank Choral Society.
It was recorded in May 1971 in the church of St Lawrence Jewry, considered ‘acoustically excellent for the purpose’. Thirty people took part in the recording, which was carried out by a professional sound engineer. The album was sold to staff and pensioners for £1.25. On the sleeve is an engraving by Albrecht Durer, The Adoration of the Magi. There are 17 tracks, including Ding dong! Merrily on High and Hail! Blessed Virgin Mary.
The Society was formed in 1962. One of their regular performances was a concert for Christmas in the banking hall of the Lloyds’ City office in Lombard Street, London. They also used to take their programme of carols to staff and patients of local hospitals.
In 2013, a new choir was formed from members of Lloyds Banking Group staff. They recorded an album of Christmas carols to raise money for the Alzheimer's Society and Alzheimer Scotland. It contains two bonus tracks from the 1971 album.