Dr Christopher McElroy, director of Music at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, has praised choristers after a season of upheaval through the virus lockdown.
He said that despite the restrictions, “we had a lovely (online) celebration where we sang together, welcomed our new choristers and bid farewell to those choristers who were moving on to our Youth Choir”.
He added that “Music for the foreseeable future at the Cathedral will be limited to organ and cantor at the 9am and 11am Mass each Sunday. It is unknown when it will be safe for our choirs to sing safely again but we hope we will get guidance on their safe return soon”.
Despite the lockdown there has been plenty of Zoom interaction:
• 459 chorister individual theory tutorials
• 423 individual singing lessons
• 120 chorister group rehearsals
• 110 probationer group rehearsals
• 13 keyboard skills classes for trainee organists
• 12 Junior Choir rehearsals
• 11 girl and seven boy chorister voice trials, and seven Hope University Choir rehearsals
• Six Friday Big Sings
• Five Youth Choir rehearsals
• Four Pentecost Big Sing rehearsals, and four end-of-term rehearsals
• One Pentecost Big Sing…
• One end-of-term Big Sing
Dr McElroy added: “We very much look forward to resuming in September and hope it will not be too long before our choirs can once again sing the praises of God in our wonderful Cathedral.”