Prescot Choir Children Given £500 Boost for Holiday

By on Wednesday, May 22, 2013


(Press release: Prescot Parish Church. Editor’s note: Yes, that is yours truly on the right!)

The youngsters of a Church of England choir have received a £500 grant towards their summer holidays.

Prescot Parish Church Choir were awarded the cheque by the Liverpool-based Harry Tyrell Foundation, a charity set up to help small community groups that promote values such as teamwork, friendship and self-esteem.

The mixed-age choir, including about a dozen school children, will spend four nights at Plas Caerdeon, near Barmouth, Wales, an outdoor activity centre run by Liverpool Hope University.

Last year’s trip saw members as young as eight and as old as eighty-four take part in zip-wiring, canoeing and other challenging pursuits.

Choir director Edna Weaver said: “The annual holiday is always an excellent opportunity for fitness- and morale-boosting activities, and it’s particularly encouraging to have people of all ages mixing together and having fun.”

Singers do their own fundraising throughout the year, and they also receive many donations from private sponsors. The generosity of individuals and charities, such as the Harry Tyrell Foundation, means that all children of school age can participate in the annual holiday for free.

Young Choristers to Receive Awards at Cathedral

In other news, three talented choristers recently received awards from the Royal School of Church Music.

After a challenging exam that tested singing ability, music theory and knowledge of church worship, treble singer Owen Clark, 13, passed his Dean’s Award with merit. Bass Ellis Waldron, 14, and soprano Chloe Clark, 15, passed their Bishop’s Awards with merit.

The three, all of whom are students of Knowsley Park Centre for Learning in Prescot, will be presented with their medals and certificates on 15 June, during a special service at Liverpool Cathedral.

Photo: Alan Tyrell of the Harry Tyrell Foundation
presents Edna Weaver and choir members with their cheque

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