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February 27th, 2008 - Diocese of Leeds choirs hit European City of Culture!
Diocese of Leeds choirs hit European City of Culture!



Liverpool is the European City of Culture 2008 - as a result, many special events are taking place around the city. This Wednesday, two schools choirs from the Diocese of Leeds accepted an invitation to perform at Liverpool Hope University .

The Concert took place on the Everton Campus, in the great hall at Cornerstone. The concert entitled 'OPAL Voices' involved St. Bedes Male Voice Choir , Bradford and All Saints Catholic College , Huddersfield alongside St. Francis of Assisi Academy in Liverpool. The choirs were welcomed to Liverpool Hope University by Philip Duffy, Director of Performance and Exhibitions (and for many years Master of the Music at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, building up the fine choral tradition that exists there today.)

Both All Saints and St. Bedes choirs only began life in September of this year, working in partnership with the Diocese of Leeds music department who direct the choir in each school. In April both choirs will compete against seven others choirs from around the country in a competition in the Royal Albert Hall in London to win a place in the coveted Choir Olympics which take place this Summer in Austria.


Each choir sang a selection of their repertoire, beginning and ending the concert with all the choirs singing on stage together. The Choir of St Francis of Assisi was directed by Phillip Arkwright, Sub Organist at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral. The choirs of St. Bedes and All Saints were directed by Christopher McElroy, Assistant Director of Music for the Diocese of Leeds.

After the concert the children from All Saints received an unexpected treat when they went to see the Metropolitan Cathedral. They entered the cathedral to find that the final rehearsal of a new work by John Tavener was being rehearsed: his Requiem, composed for the 2008 City of Culture celebrations. The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Vasily Petrenko left the children spellbound for 20 minutes before they boarded their coach back to West Yorkshire!



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