Not to be a Scrooge but, this year, the Opera in the City Christmas concert seems a little reminiscent of the quote from Titanic: “Music to drown by. Now I know I’m in first class.”

Still, the fifth annual event is bound to lift the spirits of those working in the financial industry, even if it’s just for a lunch hour.

Louise Merrett, managing director of Sound Management (UK) and the event’s organiser, says: “Each year, Opera in the City transports its audience from the stresses of the City – never more poignant in the midst of the current economic turmoil.” She can say that again.

What’s more, it’s all for a good cause. This year’s concert is in aid of Classic FM Music Makers, which funds a number of music therapy and education projects around the country.

The event will take place at 1:05pm on Thursday 4 December at St Mary-le-Bow church, Cheapside. Visit for more information.