BBC North West Tonight regional TV news programme filmed Blue Coat Students Olivia Stone, 10G, and George Ke, 10Bi, at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, where they are taking lessons on Britain’s biggest pipe organ as the first Blue Coat School Organ Scholars.
In a spectacular interview, reporter Ian Haslam while standing on the ground floor of the cathedral, spoke by radio mic to Olivia, who was high up in the organ loft preparing to play the giant Willis organ, which has 10,268 pipes. George, meantime, kept his feet on the ground and was interviewed at lower organ console in the nave.
Old Blue Daniel Greenway (Class of 2020), who is now Cathedral Organ Scholar, talked on-screen about his role as the Blue Coat Scholars’ deputy tutor. The Scholars’ lead tutor is Old Blue Lee Ward, Anglican Cathedral Director of Music, and supervisor is another Old Blue, Dr Chris McElroy, Metropolitan Cathedral Director of Music. The Scholarship is unsurpassed in the UK, being based on the School’s Willis and Walker organs and their ‘big brothers’ at the two Liverpool cathedrals.
Daniel ended the broadcast with a rousing rendition of Slade’s Happy Xmas Everybody, which was the first time this festive pop classic had been played on this venerable 95-year-old organ!
Applicants for the next Blue Coat Organ Scholarship are now invited to the School’s Director of Music, Mr Emery, at email: firstname.lastname@example.org, with a closing date of 8 January 2021, and auditions on 10 February 2021