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Musician Lord Mayors

Sir Alan Traill

(Lord Mayor 1984 - 1985)

The Musicians' Company Archive Project

Sir Alan Towers Traill, GBE, QSO, MA, D.Mus (b. 1935 d.2020) joined the Court of Common Council in 1970 and served as Alderman for the Ward of Langbourn from 1975 to his aldermanic retirement in 2005. Elected Sheriff in 1982, Sir Alan became Lord Mayor in 1984.


His Mother Livery was the Worshipful Company of Cutlers, but shortly after his Mayoral year he also joined the Musicians' Company, was clothed in the Livery in 1989 and made Master in 1999.

While Sir Alan was Lord Mayor, the Musicians’ Company gave a concert in aid of the Lord Mayor’s Appeal for St Paul’s Cathedral Choir School.


At the Lord Mayor’s Show in 1984, the programme stated that it was the first time in recorded history that the Lady Mayoress took part in the procession mounted on horseback.


In 1998, on his initiative, the Company was involved with sponsorship of the international “Masterprize” competition sponsored by Coutts Bank.

Sir Alan was by profession an insurance risk analysis consultant, expert witness, arbitrator and mediator. His contributions to musical interests included the Yehudi Menuhin School and the LSO Education Committee.

He was appointed to the Order of Medieval Knights of London in 2002.

The Musicians' Company Archive Project

Sir Alan is shown second from the right as Master of The Company in 2000 at the Quincentenial Service at Greenwich, alongside The Bishop of London.

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