The Liverpool Rainbow Chorus performing at a concert. Image: Jazamin Sinclair

“Rainbow means everyone is welcome!”, Peter Sebastian tells me, his hands waving in the air in a welcoming gesture.

Peter, who identifies as a cis-gay man, is explaining the name behind Liverpool Rainbow Chorus, a choir which boasts around 30 members, predominantly from the LGBT+ community.

He continues: “It’s an…

The Great British Home Chorus Friends Choir having an online rehearsal. Image: Aimee Seddon.

“None of us had ever lived through a pandemic before, it was a scary experience and a tragic experience, people lost friends and relatives, so it was something else to concentrate on.”

Judith Crosier, a 57-year-old teacher from Bedfordshire, credits Gareth Malone’s Great British Home Chorus for helping her through…

Father Lee’s choir at St Collen’s Church, Llangollen, in 2019, singing for a special service celebrating Saint Collen. Image: Lee Taylor.

A choir by definition is “the organized body of singers in…church service” according to the Oxford English Dictionary, and indeed, the UK choral tradition has its roots in the Christian churches of 14th century Western Europe, but are choirs and religion still so linked today?

Self-proclaimed “musical priest”, Father Lee…

A repertoire session held by the Association of British Choral Directors (abcd), an organisation whose guidance helped many choirs through the pandemic. Image: abcd.

On March 23 2020, choirs across the UK put down their sheet music in the face of the country’s first national lockdown, little knowing that they would face over a year of uncertainty and silent rehearsal rooms.

Although the standstill of the initial lockdown was shared by most sectors, many…

The new footway/cycleway is part of a wider programme of improving sustainable transport infrastructure.

A new joint Footway and Cycleway is to be built along the east side of the A41 in Eastham, improving safety provisions for cyclists and pedestrians.

A £386,531 contract was awarded to Cambrianway Ltd on 11 November, with construction starting in January.

The 2km off-road path, linking the existing shared…

Aimee Seddon

MA Journalism at Salford University, and news reporter at Lancashire Post. Twitter: @aimeeseddon_

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