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A Gala Organ Concert will be held in the grand surroundings of the iconic Liverpool Cathedral on Wednesday 30th January 2019, to celebrate and launch Blue Coat For All. This exciting and innovative music and social project will focus on the restoration of the school’s rare, museum quality 1874-built Father Willis pipe organ, thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

The concert will feature performances by well-known organists who are connected to the School as well as the School Senior Choir and Chamber Choir, conducted by our Director of Music Simon Emery. The event will be hosted by BBC Radio Merseyside’s senior presenter Roger Phillips. The concert, which is free to all, will start at 7.00 p.m. and conclude at 8.00 p.m.

Lee Ward, Director of Music at Liverpool Cathedral, and Dr Chris McElroy, Director of Music at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, will introduce the programme, and perform during the concert. It is the first time in history that these roles at the two cathedrals are simultaneously occupied by Old Blues.

Performers include, Year 12 Blue Coat student Daniel Greenway; Tim Harvey, Director of Music at The King’s School Chester and Blue Coat Class of 1983; David Houlder, Organist at Leeds Minster and former Director of Music at Blue Coat School, 1981-99; and Alan McGuinness, freelance organist, teacher and choral director, Class of 1993.

The choral pieces will include Wood’s O Thou the Central Orb sung by the Senior Choir; and Victoria’s O Magnum Mysterium, sung by the Chamber Choir.

* Blue Coat For All Gala Organ Concert at Liverpool Cathedral, at 7-8pm, on Wednesday, 30 January, 2019. Free public entry.

To find out more about Blue Coat For All and how you can get involved please contact our Blue Coat For All Project Manager, Peter Elson, at


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