Freedom of the City for choir

The Liverpool Welsh Choral will be granted the Freedom of the City next week.

On Tuesday 29 October, the choir will be admitted to the Freedom Roll of Associations and Institutions of the City of Liverpool to mark the choir’s cultural and musical contribution to Liverpool and beyond for over 100 years.

Liverpool’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Gary Millar, said: “Awarding the Freedom of the City is the highest honour we can bestow and I am honoured to be adding the Welsh Choral to the long list of recipients.

“Liverpool has a rich cultural and musical heritage and it is testament to those involved that the choir is still serving the city, and indeed representing the community nationally and internationally.

“I would like to thank members past and present for their dedication and commitment to making the Choir the success it is today.

“I hope they continue to entertain the city and beyond for many more years to come.”

Peter Barlow, Chairman of the Liverpool Welsh Choral said; “On behalf of all our members I would like to thank the Lord Mayor and the City of Liverpool for this great honour.

“After 113 years of bringing fine music to the City of Liverpool and its community the Liverpool Welsh Choral is delighted and honoured to receive the Freedom of the City of Liverpool.”

In 1900, The National Eisteddfod of Wales was held in Liverpool and a choir of over 400 voices was especially formed for this occasion. Liverpool had a large Welsh population at the time and the event was such a success that the choir decided to continue to sing together.

Today, the choir currently has 130 members with about one third of its membership still of Welsh origin, but the choir has also attracted singers from all areas of Liverpool and Merseyside.