The choir has medicine at its roots as it was founded in 1978 by Professor Robert Sells, who was the chair of Immunology and Surgery in the Faculty of Medicine at Liverpool University. They’ve since gone on to celebrate their 30th anniversary and are still performing with gusto.
Now with David Holroyd who is Director of Music at Merchant Taylor’s schools conducting, the choir of 220 is growing all the time. It’s open to all NHS staff, past and present, and aims to be a place for colleagues to get together, do something different and enjoy the many benefits of singing with others.
“It was amazing to meet up with one of my closest friends at choir. We first met on our first day of nurse training at Broadgreen Hospital in 1979 and we have been close friends ever since. Imagine my delight at meeting her at a concert a few years back, even if we only wave at each other across the cathedral – she is alto and I am soprano.” A choir member.
The choir are festive concert enthusiasts; they performed their very first carol concert in December 1978! Since then, they’ve been holding Christmas concerts in the beautiful surroundings of Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral.
Colette Halliday, the choir’s Regional Co-ordinator, explained why Sing Your Heart Out appealed to the group: “We nominate a different charity each year and try to choose something regional with a health related theme so it is relevant and meaningful to our audience. Sing Your Heart Out seemed to fit perfectly with that.
“It’s nice to know that by doing our little bit; we can have an impact across a much wider area. Ageing is something that will happen to us all so it’s comforting to know that organisations such as Royal Voluntary Service are there to support older people and be their caring hand in times of need or distress. It’s good to be part of something bigger every now and then”
A huge thank you from Royal Voluntary Service and we wish you all the best for your concert on Wednesday 14 December at Liverpool Cathedral. If you live in London, book tickets to our Christmas Concert in Mayfair and help raise funds for older people across Great Britain.