Royal recognition for signing choir

Liverpool Signing Choir will be presented with the Queens Award for Voluntary Service at a special event at the Town Hall this week – Friday 11 October.

The Choir, led by Catherine Hegarty performed at the Olympic Games Closing Ceremony where they gave a spellbounding performance of John Lennon’s “Imagine” together with the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Choir.

They also had the honour and privilege of performing the National Anthem at the opening Ceremony of the Paralympics in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Liverpool’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Gary Millar, who played a key role in supporting the organisation in attaining the award said: “I am delighted and honoured to be hosting the presentation ceremony at the Town Hall for such a worthy group of recipients.

“The young people who make up The Liverpool Signing Choir are an inspiration to others. They captivate audiences wherever they perform whether locally, regionally or nationally.

“It is great to see local community groups being recognised for their hard work and dedication; I hope they continue inspire audiences in the future.”

The award will be presented by Her Majesty’s personal representative for the county of Merseyside, Lord Lieutenant Dame Lorna E.F. Muirhead DBE.

The Liverpool Signing Choir is a unique city wide, inclusive, diverse choir based in Liverpool. Its priority is to perform the beauty of sign language through the universal media of music whilst encouraging social inclusion. The young people of the choir come from all walks of life some of whom are profoundly deaf, and range in age from 7 to 24 year olds.