We returned to Hamilton Square with the Wilfred Owen Choir and the Luminelles on Saturday 23rd March for Birkenhead’s year of culture spearhead event, Animated Square. Kaboodle opened the show, followed by the Wilfred Owen Choir, followed by the Luminelles, before all three choirs performed three pieces together. Following our performance, a spectacular light show was projected onto the town hall.
Click HERE to read a Liverpool Echo news story about the event.
The Wilfred Owen choir performed in Hamilton Square for the royal visit of Harry and Megan on 14th January. They came to officially unveil the new sculpture to mark the 100th anniversary of the World War I poet’s death. It was pretty cold but the singing kept us all warm!
We sang on the corner of Hamilton Square, opposite the statue and performed two war medleys, Golden Slumbers by the Beatles and Open Arms by Elbow.
Click HERE to read an ITV news article about the visit.
I had the privilege of singing again with Josh Groban, this time at Hyde Park for his slot at the British Summertime Festival on 5th July, supporting Celine Dion. Singing in front of 65,000 people was a real buzz; being admitted to the VIP section to watch Celine Dion perform was possibly even better. She was absolutely flawless and the best singer I have ever heard live. I was blown away.
I did backing vocals (and dancing!) with Sense of Sound Singers for Take That at Anfield on 6th June. We donned our choir robes and came on towards the end of their set, performing Never Forget followed by Relight My Fire with special guest, Lulu.
We were on stage for less than ten minutes but it was a real high energy singing and dancing routine so that was probably a good thing! It was a real buzz to be on stage at Anfield in front of a full sold-out crowd, especially with it being during the week after Liverpool won the champions league. Fittingly, Gerry Marsden joined the band on stage at the end of the gig to sing You’ll Never Walk Alone.
My view from the stage –
As always, the winter season was a very hectic musical time!
Just before the full Christmas craziness kicked off, Sense of Sound Singers and a number of The Luminelles performed a six-minute medley of contemporary pop songs at the Holland & Barrett annual conference.
Christmas kicked in extra early this year, with our first seasonal performance being on 25th November in the concert room at St George’s Hall with The Luminelles and Over The Water. We launched straight into our Christmas material to help raise money for North West Cancer Research at their annual Christmas concert.
After working with the staff choir at St John’s Hospice for their 2017 Light Up A Life event, I was asked back again this year for their service in early December. This time I took two Luminelles along with me to help me lead the singers. Lauren Heywood and Esther Humphries helped lead the rehearsal and then went on to conduct one carol each.
Our next festive commitment was at Eaton Hall. For the second year running, The Luminelles graced this awe-inspiring venue in aid of Autism Together. Rick Myers kindly asked us back for their annual Christmas Carol Concert and we performed two sets of songs from our Christmas repertoire. It was another lovely event.
The Luminelles received a kind invitation from Birkenhead School to perform at their Family Christmas Concert on 15th December and we performed alongside the Wirral Community Wind Band and their infant choir. We intend to collaborate on further projects in the future.
Our next choir date was the Anglican Cathedral, which is thoroughly covered in another post! There was still no time to rest following this because the very next day we were at Thornton Manor for Clatterbridge Cancer Charity’s Christmas event. The setting was spectacular and the room’s acoustic really suited Over The Water and The Luminelles. We performed two sets of material from our Christmas repertoire and we also had the privilege of backing Kathryn Rudge on Somewhere In My Memory. Kathryn is a fabulous critically-acclaimed opera singer from Liverpool and we loved collaborating with her. (More photos to follow in the new year)
Two days later, The Luminelles visited Clatterbridge Cancer Centre and performed their full set of material in the waiting room. This was their final performance of the year.
Over The Water followed up with their final performance of year at Ullet Road Unitarian Church’s Christmas Carol service on Sunday 23rd December.
Meanwhile, throughout December, The Carollers performed at a number of venues across the North West. This year saw Molly Daniel cover Dionne’s maternity leave! So we had Molly, Amy, Izzy and myself for the majority of the gigs, with Ben Turner filling in for Amy on Christmas Eve. This year saw us perform at The Botanist in York, The Botanist in Didsbury, The Restaurant, Bar & Grill in Liverpool (this one was as an eight-piece with Lauren and Amy Heywood, Kelly Nsutebu, Jeanette Boyhan & Nina Cox), The Botanist in Chester, The Liverpool Yacht Club, The Titanic Hotel in Liverpool and The Botanist in Alderley Edge.