Burns Night Supper is an institution of Scottish life; a night to celebrate the national Bard, Sir Robert Burns. First Network were at the fabulous Merchant Taylor’s Hall on Thursday, delivering this annual event for a global law firm client.

As befitting a company with Scottish roots, Burns Night has become one of the main events of our client’s annual calendar. It’s an opportunity to bring together more than 200 colleagues and clients for a celebration of Scottish culture and heritage. Steeped in history and boasting a stunning oak-paneled ball room, Merchant Taylors Hall lent appropriate opulence and gravitas to the occasion.

The itinerary followed time-honoured tradition: A piper played guests into dinner and the evening featured The Selkirk Grace and The Toast to the Haggis. Speeches celebrated of the life of Robert Burns and guests enjoyed a hearty meal of ‘Haggis, Neeps and Tatties’.

Entertainment included a performance by fiddler Ryan Young. With multiple nominations for both BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio 2 awards, Ryan has been making his presence felt on the Scottish traditional music scene and continues to impress audiences all over the UK. An imaginative use of traditional melodies and a playing style that references a wide range of influences earned Ryan a Celtic Connections Danny Kyle Award and title of  ‘Up and Coming Artist of the Year’ in the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards last year.

Another highlight was a display of traditional Scottish dancing from The London School of Highland Dance.

The evening was a huge success and we were delighted with the smooth running of the event.