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The new Blue Coat School Community Choir is recruiting members in time for its launch in October 2019, leading to a very special public performance early next year, when the School will unveil its newly restored historic Father Willis pipe organ.

Everyone is welcome to join the choir, whatever their age or experience, as the main requirement is enthusiasm. The choir will be led by Old Blue and Director of Music at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, Dr Chris McElroy. 

The new choir is part of the innovative Blue Coat For All music and community project, to encourage wider engagement with the School and share opportunities with the general public.

There will be 12 evening rehearsals on Wednesdays, starting from 2 October 2019, at 7-8.30pm, in Blue Coat School’s magnificent Chapel, accompanied by its Walker organ and later in Shirley Hall accompanied by the newly-restored historic Father Willis organ. The choir will perform at the Celebratory Concert to relaunch the Willis organ on Wednesday 29th January, 2020.

Dr McElroy said: “I am very keen to bring choral and organ music not only to a wider public, but also to involve them in its creation. We’ll use familiar pieces like the Hallelujah Chorus and Jerusalem to ensure everyone really enjoys the experience and doesn’t find it intimidating.”

Year 12 student Daniel Greenway who will be supporting Dr McElroy on the organ said: “There is something deeply moving about a group of people coming together and singing in unison. Apart from generating an emotional satisfaction, it also takes the music to a higher level.”

If you are interested in joining the new Blue Coat Community Choir, please contact: Peter Elson, Blue Coat For All Project Manager at or on 0151 733 1407 ext. 207.


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