Waterloo church choir nominated for Echo award

'We embrace local people and local talent'

It started out more than 20 years ago with four members but the growth of a Waterloo church choir has now received recognition with a nomination for a Liverpool Echo award.

St Edmund's Choir's inclusion on a three-strong Echo shortlist in its arts and performance category for this month's awards night caps a memorable year in which the choir's audiences have exceeded 10,000 people for the first time.

Established in 1997, the choir takes a broad, inclusive approach to its music and concert selections – as well as to its unrestricted membership now numbering 70 – while continuing to provide the music at St Edmund's Church.

Volunteers have given over 2,000 hours of their time to running the choir, while support from more than 15 local businesses has helped to keep membership free. 

Charlie Corkin, director of music, said: 'At the end of our busiest year of concerts, events and services, we couldn't be more proud to have been chosen as a finalist. The work the choir does stretches beyond singing, beyond church and beyond concerts. We embrace our local people, local talent and are proud to be one of Liverpool's most inclusive – and free – choirs.

'We wouldn't have made it this far without the support of the parish, particularly Father John Cullen, and the wider Archdiocese, including the music department at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral.'

Anybody interested in joining the choir should contact Charlie on 07730 413 024 or charlie@stedmundschoir.com. The next open rehearsal is Sunday 22 September (7pm) at St Edmund of Canterbury Church (L22 8QF).