Classics return to Liverpool Cathedral with a Sense of Sound
Choristers will join voices with the renowned Sense of Sound Singers
for an exciting evening of Christmas music on Saturday, 3 December
This time the action moves onto the main floor for the annual
Christmas event. The two choirs will perform popular sacred and
secular Christmas music and will sing individually and together to
create a unique Christmas musical experience. BBC Radio
personality Roger Philips will host the evening in aid of Claire
House and the Cathedral.
The Cathedral’s Music Director David Poulter and Sense of Sound’s
Artistic Director Jennifer John and Musical Director Perri Alleyne-Hughes
have put together a diverse programme that showcases each choir’s
individual style while blending them together for what promises to
be an evening of musical treats.
Sense of Sound Singers have been involved in projects including
performances with Brian Eno, Damon Albarn and Massive Attack in
support of Greenpeace, Seal and John Bon Jovi at The Royal Variety
show. They were Grand finalists in BBC Choir of the Year
competition, performed with Imogen Heap at The Barbican and appeared
as featured artists on Thea Gilmore’s highly acclaimed album,
Liverpool Cathedral Choir was founded in 1910 for the consecration
of the Lady Chapel, when it consisted of 6 professional Lay clerks
and 12 boy Choristers. Currently the choir consists of 14
Lay clerks, thirty boy choristers and 28 girl choristers.
The choir has worked with musicians including Sir Paul McCartney,
who despite having failed his audition for the choir in the 1950s
returned to the Cathedral to collaborate with the choir several
times, most notably in performances of the ‘Liverpool Oratorio’
and 'Ecce Cor Meum'. The choir has also performed alongside the
Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Liverpool Metropolitan
Cathedral choir and the choir of St Peter’s Oxford, and has
performed at venues around the world.
David Poulter said:- "It will be such fun to work with a choir
so different to ours, and I am really looking forward to being able
to combine our musical styles for an evening that will get everyone
in the Christmas mood."
Jennifer John added:- "We are thrilled to be performing in the
magnificent Cathedral alongside the wonderful Cathedral choristers.
We want to see the Cathedral filled with magnificent Christmas music
to herald in the festive season."
Helen Carlson from Claire House said:- "We’re delighted to be
a part of this wonderful concert. We are so excited about hearing
the wonderful music from these two fantastic choirs in such an awe
Eryl Parry, Director of Enterprise added:- "Christmas Classics
is one of our most anticipated events and this year it has got even
better with our creative partnership with the fabulous Sense of
Sound Singers. We think this will be an occasion which will remain
in the memory long after the last note echoes around our Cathedral."
Tickets for the event are on sale from the cathedral
shop priced £10. Or you can enjoy a
special pre concert 2 course festive buffet before the show for £25
(ticket and buffet).
8 arrested in
VAT fraud investigation
8 people have been arrested
during early morning raids across Lancashire, Leicestershire,
Cornwall and Kent by officers from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC)
investigating a suspected European-wide ‘missing trader’
VAT fraud involving mobile phone and electronic communications
HMRC investigators carried out searches of 20 business and
residential addresses in Preston, Blackburn, Leicester, Rochester
(Kent) and Truro (in Cornwall) on Tuesday, 29 November 2011.
The arrests follow an international joint investigation into an
alleged import / export VAT fraud with suspected links across the
UK, Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Holland.
Mike O’Grady, HMRC Assistant Director of Criminal Investigation
said:- "We are working in unison with other law enforcement
agencies across Europe today. This investigation, codenamed
‘Operation Vista’ in the UK, is targeting a suspected organised
crime gang involved in a multi-million pound VAT repayment fraud and
the associated laundering of the criminal profits. Further details
cannot be provided at this early stage, as our investigation is
continuing. However, tax fraud and attempts to launder the proceeds
of crime are treated extremely seriously by HMRC, and we will
relentlessly pursue any individuals or crime gangs believed to be
attacking the Public Revenue in this way."
Final call to
make it count for children in the North West and sign up for the
NSPCC’s Number Day
THE NSPCC is reminding
schools in the region to register for Number Day 2011 by taking part
in the biggest ever baths lesson on Friday, 2 December 2011, to raise funds
for the charity’s ChildLine service.
NSPCC Number Day, sponsored by Vosene Kids, is a great way for
children and young people to have fun with numbers. Schools can
either take part in the World’s Biggest Maths Lesson on Number Day
where children can explore learning with numbers, or there are other
or popular fundraising activities for kids to enjoy, like 'Who wants
to be a Mathionnaire'. Alternatively schools could do something
different with digits and come up with their own fundraising event
to celebrate numbers on Number Day.
All the information and resources needed to take part can be
The materials are free and include curriculum-based maths activities
for all ages and guidance on planning your Number Day event.
Mel Holland, NSPCC schools fundraising manager for the North West,
said:- "So far hundreds of schools have signed up. Number Day
is an excellent opportunity to show that maths can be fun and
meaningful too. There is still plenty of time for schools to join
in, either by taking part in our biggest ever maths lesson or
planning their own maths challenges, everything they need is
available to download now." Schools who register to take part will be entered into an exciting
prize draw for the chance to win £1,000 towards maths equipment,
kindly donated by Vosene Kids.
One local school said:- "We decided to register for Number Day
as thought it was a great way for our pupils to learn more about
maths while raising money to help make a difference to the lives of
vulnerable children." Money raised will support ChildLine ,the UK’s free 24 hour helpline
for children and young people in danger or distress. Founded in 1986
by Esther Rantzen, ChildLine gives children access to confidential
support when they need it and insures all children and young people
have someone to turn to whenever and wherever they need help. With
12 bases around the UK, children and young people can contact
trained ChildLine counsellors both online or by phone.
For further ways of supporting ChildLine locally please visit:-
No, No! Take Puppies Off North West Christmas Lists!"
A 3rd of children want a
dog and over half of parents are buying them from the wrong place.
By the end of this week most children would have written their
Christmas wish lists so the Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare
charity, has launched its “Ho No No” Campaign to take
puppies off the Christmas wish list. Research from the charity
reveals that over a third of children have asked for a puppy as a
present and worryingly 16% of parents would buy one if their child
put it on their list. The charity is concerned that, just like many
other presents, puppies often become victims of festive fatigue once
the novelty wears off and every year animal charities have to pick
up the pieces when Christmas present pups are abandoned. The charity
is urging children and their parents to make sure a puppy is not
included alongside the latest Nintendo DS or Barbie doll this year.
In the North West region, the survey revealed:-
► Over 52% of children in the region write
their Christmas lists before December is the 4th fastest region in
► 31% - nearly a 3rd of children in the
region have asked for a puppy as a present.
► Parents in the region are still willing
to give in to pester power with 15% saying they would buy their
child a puppy if they asked for one.
Dogs Trust believes that part of the reason puppies are considered
suitable "gifts" is the fact they are sold so easily
though pet shops and websites. Despite repeated pleas not to get a
puppy from a pet shop 27% of parents in the North West region would
still look for "that doggy in the window" and 7% would
look at newspaper ads. Encouragingly, 27% would visit a rescue
centre and over a third would use a breeder.
As part of the "Ho, No, No" campaign, Dogs Trust is
encouraging people to send a FREE
Christmas card to their local pet shop or more high profile outlets
such as Harrods to:- "Stop selling puppies at Christmas time".
This mirrors Dogs Trust’s own policy of stopping rehoming dogs in
the run up to Christmas and New Year. Anyone wanting to get involved
Dogs Trust Merseyside Rehoming Centre Manager, Georgina Lowery,
commented:- "For over 33 years we have been saying that “A Dog
is For Life, Not Just for Christmas®” yet it is worrying that so
many children and their parents still consider a puppy as a suitable
present and want to pop a pooch under the Christmas tree. Dogs are
not disposable “gifts”, they are living creatures who deserve a home
for life. So, this year, as every year, we are asking the public to
think about the responsibilities involved in owning a dog. Cute
puppies can turn into big dogs who will live for around 13 years. So
the whole family needs to have the time and commitment to give them
the right training and enable them to become wonderful family pets;
not just abandon them when they grow up."
This year, Dogs Trust’s 17 Rehoming Centres across the UK and
Ireland are bracing themselves to work around the clock caring for
festive canine causalities. Last year Brandy, a Staffordshire Bull
Terrier, was cruelly abandoned on a street in Reading on Christmas
Eve, while Pudding, a Boxer cross, was dumped in snowy woodland
during the night on Christmas morning. Both pups had been left to
fend for themselves in the snow as temperatures dropped below
freezing and staff are certain they were bought as Christmas
presents and dumped when their owners realised the work involved in
looking after a puppy.