Old school ties draw Cathedral music director back to Blue Coat

'Singing is a great way of meeting new people'

It was back to school last month for Dr Chris McElroy, director of music at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, after he accepted an invitation from the Blue Coat School to lead its new community choir.

A former Blue Coat pupil, Chris will head the recently formed choir comprising members of the public, parents and other former pupils. His first task is to prepare them to perform at a public concert in January 2020, when the school will unveil its newly restored historic Father Willis pipe organ.

The choir will rehearse on Wednesday evenings in the school chapel, accompanied by Sixth Former Daniel Greenway on the Walker organ, which is 60 years older than its ‘big brother’ Walker organ in the Metropolitan Cathedral.

The new choir is part of the Blue Coat For All music and community project, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, to encourage wider engagement with the Wavertree-based school and share opportunities with the general public.

‘Singing is a great way of meeting new people and using your brain artistically to help relieve stress and improve well-being,’ said Chris. ‘Our only requirement is that members can either read music or can practice and learn the music at home before rehearsal.’