Our talented young singers were the star attractions at a prestigious festive fundraising concert at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral this week.
The Show Choir from St. Mary’s Prep, and the Chamber Choir from the College, raised their voices in seasonal song at the fourth Celebrate a Liverpool Life event in support of the Royal Liverpool Hospital’s R Charity.
Our pupils found themselves in good company at the concert. It was hosted by popular BBC Radio Merseyside presenter Roger Phillips, and also featured performances from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir, acclaimed mezzo soprano Danielle Thomas and actress Pauline Daniels.
St. Mary’s link with the Royal Hospital began two years ago when the Preparatory School was one of a number of schools invited to entertain patients, visitors and staff by performing a selection of popular carols in the hospital foyer in the run-up to Christmas.
Following on from this, St. Mary’s was the only school invited to take part in the 2015 concert, and the Show Choir was asked to make a return appearance this year, this time bringing the college Chamber Choir with them.
The aim of the annual concert is to help audience members to remember a loved-one at a special time of year, and also to generate a significant sum for the new Royal Hospital which is currently being built.
The R Charity appeal target is to raise £10 million to fund state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment to help patients suffering from cancer and heart disease, and to also save the sight of many Merseysiders.
Kate Mylchreest, Head of Fundraising at R Charity, said: “We were delighted to welcome the two St. Mary’s choirs to the event.
“Their excellent performances were really enjoyed by everyone who attended, and provided some festive spark to get everyone in the Christmas spirit.”
Jonathan Webster, Headmaster at St. Mary’s College Preparatory School, added: “It was a real honour for us to be invited to take part in this prestigious concert, and our pupils sang their hearts out to raise money for what is an exceptionally good cause.”