We held a “Mersey Wave Stand up to Cancer Bake Off” at Hale Village Hall on Saturday 12th May 2018. Raising over £1,000 for the charity and it brought people together from across Halton and Merseyside to enjoy an evening filled with live music and really great bakes!
The evening was jam-packed with musical performances from the Mersey Wave Choir and Young Singers and an incredible 30 bakes were on display at Hale Village Hall made and donated by members from across the local community to support the event. The audience were invited to taste the bakes throughout the evening and vote for their favourite bake. Choir member Mary McDonald scooped ‘Mersey Wave Star Baker 2018’ and said it was a ‘dream come true’ to win with her spectacular fresh fruit victoria sponge.
The atmosphere and community spirit throughout the night was great and it is with all credit to the bakers, choir members, young singers and all the volunteers who so generously gave their time and talents to delight us all with their brilliant musical performances and ‘showstopper’ cakes which filled the new Hall!’ The Hale Village Hall has been serving the local community for over 42 years and in 2015 the Hale Parish Council was successful in gaining a Lottery grant for the building of a new hall which was completed in September 2017.
Mersey Wave Music is now in its sixth year of running weekly music groups in Hale Village. The Mersey Wave Community Choir rehearses weekly on Wednesday’s (7pm) in The Wellington Pub Hale Village. Weekly community events including the Young Singer’s Class (7-19 years) take place at Hale Village Hall on Saturday mornings.
For more information www.merseywavemusic.com
The next chance to hear all of the performers will be at the annual Mersey Wave Summer Concert which will take place 7pm Friday 6th July 2018 at St Ambrose Church, Speke. Tickets are available 0151-558-1255 or online. Mersey Wave Music was founded in 2012 by local opera singer Kathryn Rudge and musical director and pianist Jason Ellis.
The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity marked the end of a landmark year with a unique carol concert and it was a big honour for me to be asked to sing. The concert took place at the historic Eaton Chapel on the Duke of Westminster’s Eaton Estate, near Chester. Supporters and fundraisers enjoyed a festive evening with music also from SingMe Merseyside Choir, led by Billy Hui. Speakers included Sarah Callander Beckett, High Sheriff of Cheshire, Kath Tierney, a patient of The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, and comedian and actor Johnny Vegas, the newest patron of The New Cancer Hospital Appeal.
My Dad George received brilliant care and treatments from Clatterbridge and it meant so much to sing for their new appeal and be able to support the charity.
Johnny delivered a captivating version of How the Grinch stole Christmas during the service and later spoke to guests about his gratitude to The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre and its staff. He said: “I’m very proud to have been asked to become a patron of this Appeal as it’s vitally important for the people of Merseyside and Cheshire that the new hospital, and all it can offer in terms of transforming cancer care, is built. I know what Clatterbridge delivers in terms of treatment, we are so lucky to have it on our doorstep.”
The concert, which also featured readings from Laurie Lee’s Cider with Rosie, and the classic Christmas film Miracle on 34 Street, came at the end of an important year for The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity. February 2017 saw the launch of the £15 million appeal to help build Liverpool’s first specialist cancer hospital and in July Johnny Vegas had the honour of breaking the ground at the site in Liverpool, along with Everton Football Club legend Ian Snodin.
The hospital will provide in-patient and out-patient care for people from Merseyside, Cheshire and the surrounding areas and is part of a £162 million project to transform cancer care. There will also be improvements to the Wirral site.
Next year will also be vitally important as 2018 marks the 60 birthday of The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, with a series of events planned to celebrate the occasion. Andrew Cannell, chief executive of The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust, said: “It was fantastic to see so many of our patients and supporters gathered together to enjoy this festive celebration. It was a lovely way to round off a momentous 2017 for The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity. I would like to thank all the performers and readers for contributing to a truly wonderful event and also express my gratitude to His Grace, the Duke of Westminster for his kindness in providing the splendid and historic surroundings of Eaton Chapel which helped create such a magical atmosphere.”
If you are able to help The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity, or have a fundraising idea, please contact them 0151 556 5566.
Concert to commemorate the “Battle of the Somme” in collaboration with the Royal British Legion and St George’s Hall Liverpool.
Mersey Wave Music
We curated a concert in collaboration with the Royal British Legion which was presented at St George’s Hall Concert Room, Liverpool on 1st July 2016. The event entitled “The Somme and Beyond” paid tribute in music and words to all those effected by the events which took place one hundred years to the day during World War One.
The concert paid tribute to the fallen beginning with the Royal British Legion March, an act of remembrance with presentation of Standard Bearers and Rev. John Williams MBE, Chaplain to Her Majesty’s Forces . The performers were the Mersey Wave Choir and Fron Male Voice Choir and myself, with musical directors Jason Ellis, Leigh Mason and Owen Roberts piano/organ. There were also readings throughout the evening from Ian Nenna, Bill Sergeant, David Jones and students of the Blue Coat School, Compèred by BBC Radio Merseyside’s Roger Lyon. A vote of thanks and presentations were made at the end of the evening by the National Chairman of the Royal British Legion Mr Terry Whittles.
All ticket sales from the event supported the work of the Royal British Legion. With thanks to all involved and all who supported the concert. Here are some video highlight and a look back at our special collaboration with the Royal British Legion that brought a special Somme 100 commemoration to Merseyside.
R Charity is the fundraising arm of the Royal Liverpool University Hospital and their mission is to create a hospital where patients are at the heart of everything they do. It is an exciting time for the Royal as the building of the much-needed new hospital is currently underway and the doors will offically open in 2017.
“We are targeting our fundraising on a number of carefully selected areas which will help provide comfortable patient environments, welcoming visitors’ areas and world class medical equipment. Every bit of support we receive – large or small – makes a difference.”
RCharity and the work they are are doing will always be close to my heart. Here’s to the current and new Royal Liverpool Hospital, R Charity, all their wonderful staff that work so hard and the patients and families that receive care there!
New Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Hospital 15th December 2015
Also…The Mersey Wave Choir were invited to sing at the Topping Out Ceremony for the new Royal Liverpool Hospital on 15th December!
They joined visitors, staff and contractors in getting an exclusive glimpse of the impressive city views from what will become a viewing platform when the hospital opens, next year.
Completion of the Royal Liverpool Hospital’s highest point was celebrated at the ceremony with 97 weeks work marking a significant milestone in the development of the new £335m hospital, scheduled to officially open in summer 2017.
The event was sponsored by contractor Carillion and Liverpool’s Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr Roz Gladden, planted a yew tree followed by a festive reception, complete with Santa’s grotto, in the hospital’s atrium area.
Mersey Wave choir gave performances of their favourite Christmas music to join in the celebrations.
Aidan Kehoe, chief executive of the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “This monumental event is an opportunity to look back and celebrate the amazing achievements in the development of the new Royal, by the construction workers on site and our own dedicated project team and clinical advisors, who started planning the new hospital nearly 10 years ago.
Tare a look at this video to find out more about the new building and see many of the Mersey Wave Choir members featured!
“This is the biggest construction project that Liverpool has seen for years and is the start of a massive transformation for the city.“The new Royal and the creation of the Liverpool Health Campus will put Liverpool on the world map for life sciences and give the people of Merseyside a hospital to be extremely proud of.”
Liverpool Echo Article: http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/whole-new-level-335m-royal-10605984
Mersey Wave Choir, Young Singers and Fron Male Voice Choir raised the roof on St Ambrose Church, Speke, Liverpool on 20th February 2015 for a special concert called ‘World in Union.’ The audience were treated to gorgeous singing from the ‘Voices of Valley’ and Mersey Wav-ies!
The evening raised funds for Mother of Mercy Society, a local charity that supports the homeless on the streets of Liverpool, and Speke Youth Group. The choirs were led by Jason Ellis and Leigh Mason and Owen Roberts piano/organ. I love being involved in putting together these concerts in Liverpool and seeing the choirs, young singers and audiences growing from strength to strength! With special thanks to all the volunteers involved in the evening and Fr Ed Cain and Carol Mason for all of their continued support!
Valentine’s Day Concert at St Ambrose Church Speke, Liverpool. The concert was organised in collaboration with Froncysyllte Male Voice Choir along with their Musical Director Leigh Mason, Deputy Musical Director Owen Roberts and accompanist Jason Ellis.
The event marked the third Mersey Wave Music evening concert to be held at St Ambrose with a programme of music spanning across musical genres with songs also sung by Kathryn Rudge. During the evening there were performances from the members of the Mersey Wave Choir who joined in singing with the Fron Choir for a rousing finale to each half of the concert.
Funds were raised for the Speke Catholic Youth, with the generous help of Carol Rimmer, through the sale of refreshments, a raffle and tombola. At the end of the concert there was a retiring collection for the Halton charity Neaven and William’s Trust which raised £262. With thanks to St Ambrose Parish Priest Father Ed Cain and everyone who generously supported this concert – all of the volunteers, parishioners, Family and Friends of Mersey Wave Music who made the evening one we will never forget!