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Issue:- 19 April  2012

Putting parks in the picture

LIVERPOOL’S popular parks photography competition is linking up with Tate Liverpool to celebrate our local landscapes.  The Liverpool Parks Friends Forum (a forum for all the Friends of Parks groups in the city) stages the annual competition which shows the best of Liverpool’s 70-plus parks, gardens, recreation grounds, playgrounds and nature reserves.  This year to celebrate the major summer exhibition at Tate Liverpool – Turner Monet Twombly - Later Paintings. On display over 22 June to 28 October 2012. There are three special categories in the competition, inspired by the exhibition.

Park Landscapes – 'My favourite view'

People and Parks

Flora and Fauna – park plants or wildlife

The best images will be included in the 2013 Parks calendar and there will be prizes for the outstanding entries; including tickets to the exhibition at Tate Liverpool.

Also linked to the summer exhibition is a Parks and Gardens project in which environmental artist, Kerry Morrison will collaborate with local children, young people, adults, schools, community agencies, the city council and Liverpool Primary Care Trust, to create environmental artworks to connect local people with their parks and green spaces.

Robert Lyall, Divisional Manager for Sport and Outdoor Recreation, said:- "In previous years we have been inundated with stunning images of our parks and green spaces. And this year we are expecting the entries to be even better as there are extra incentives; Tate Liverpool’s involvement and their superb exhibition should provide a real inspiration.There is a lot happening in the parks this year, starting this week with Sea Odyssey; what photographer is going to resist getting shots of giants in Everton and Stanley Parks!"

Alison Jones, Tate Liverpool’s Programme Manager, Public and Community Learning, said:- "Tate Liverpool's upcoming exhibition, Turner Monet Twombly - Later Paintings connects fine art to nature, the outdoors and the seasons. We are delighted to be working with Liverpool Parks Friends Forum on their popular photography competition. We are sure that the paintings of Turner, Monet and Twombly will inspire some outstanding photography of our local green spaces."

The closing date for entries is 31 August 2012.

Entry forms and further details of the competition are available on the Parks website  (the website also has a link to a gallery showing a selection of last year’s images) or on entry forms available from Parks outlets as well as Tate Liverpool.  Further information about the Turner Monet Twombly: Later Paintings exhibition is available online.  Images from last year’s parks photographic competition are on the Park’s Flickr pages, with a set for the 2011 competition on  or more simply you can access the full Photostream via this link.

Trust’s search for non-executive finance specialist

A hospital trust is recruiting a new non-executive director as it moves towards becoming a foundation trust. The Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust aims to become a foundation trust in year’s time and is currently asking local people for their views on how it should be run.  Potential candidates for the non-executive role should have a strong background in finance, gained in either the private or public sectors, and be ready to chair the Trust’s audit committee.  The successful candidate will succeed Helen Thompson who is leaving the Trust after 4½ years' service as a non-executive.  Non-executive directors share responsibility with other directors for the strategic direction of the Trust and duties of the board. They have, however, a specific contribution to make in bringing an external perspective to the board’s consideration, and being able to question and challenge the executive directors from a position of independence and detachment.  The successful candidate will need to be able to show strategic vision and a portfolio of skills, including an ability to focus on the needs of patients and the community. The remuneration for the post is currently £6,096 a year for a minimum of 2½ days per month, including some evening duties. The audit committee chair will need to devote additional time to these duties. As the Trust is an aspirant foundation trust, the time commitment for non-executives could be increased.  For more information, and to apply online, potential applicants should visit:-  The closing date for applications is 11am on 15 May 2012.  An informal and confidential discussion with the Trust chairman, Sir Ron Watson CBE, regarding the role may be requested by calling:- 01704 704781. This will play no part in the selection process.

UK Cathedral Tour Guest Choirs Confirmed

ALED Jones, who is a singer, actor, author and a radio/TV presenter has confirmed a unique tour taking in some of the nation’s most beautiful Cathedrals and venues throughout October culminating with a show at London’s Union Chapel.

Loved by the nation originally for his pure treble voice Aled recently celebrated over 25 years as a household name and his career is going from strength to strength. Aled currently has 29 albums to his name; selling over 6 million to date and has been a Presenter on Songs of Praise for over 10 years.

Performing in Cathedrals has been part of Aled’s life since his days in Bangor as a boy chorister This tour sees Aled visit the length and breadth of the country including Durham, Exeter, Ely, Truro, Manchester and before making a return to Bangor. Despite visiting many Cathedrals regularly on 'Songs of Praise', this is going to be Aled’s first comprehensive live UK Cathedral tour. He has said:- "This new UK tour is going to be very special to me as at each show either the Cathedral choir or local choirs from the area are going to take part making each occasion unique. I also can’t wait to perform all my favourite songs."

Just announced are the guest choirs appearing which have been commissioned by Aled Jones’ Musical Director Simon Lole:-

Tuesday, 2 October 2012 at the Norwich Cathedral - The Boy and Girl Choristers of Norwich Cathedral.

Thursday, 4 October 2012 at the Exeter Cathedral - The Boy and Girl Choristers of Exeter Cathedral.

Friday, 5 October 2012 at the Truro Cathedral - Cornwall Junior Choir.

Saturday, 6 October 2012 at the Guildford Cathedral - Farnham Youth Choir.

Monday, 8 October 2012 at the Ely Cathedral - The Boy Choristers of Ely Cathedral and The Ely Imps

Tuesday, 9 October 2012 at the Coventry Cathedral - The Boy and Girl Choristers of Coventry Cathedral.

Thursday, 11 October 2012 at the Sheffield Cathedral - The Boy and Girl Choristers of Sheffield Cathedral.

Friday, 12 October 2012 at the York Minster - The Boy and Girl Choristers of York Minster.

Saturday, 13 October 2012 at the Durham Cathedral - The Boy and Girl Choristers of Durham Cathedral.

Monday, 15 October 2012 at the Manchester Cathedral - Manchester Cathedral Choristers.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012 at the Bangor Cathedral - Bangor Cathedral Choir

Thursday, 18 October 2012 at the Cardiff Metropolitan Cathedral - Cardiff Metropolitan Cathedral Choristers

Friday, 19 October 2012 at the Gloucester Cathedral - Gloucester Cathedral Choristers.

Monday, 22 October 2012 at the Derby Cathedral - The Boy and Girl Choristers of Derby Cathedral.

Tuesday, 23 October 2012 at the Liverpool Cathedral - Liverpool Cathedral Choristers.

Thursday, 25 October 2012 at the London Union Chapel - Children's International Voices of Enfield Aled has his own radio show on BBC Radio 2 every Sunday morning from 6-9am called 'Aled Jones says Good Morning Sunday'. He also presents BBC Radio 3's 'The Choir' as well as having his own chat show on BBC Radio Wales. Along with his radio shows Aled has also been busy filming 'Escape to the Country' and 'Cash in the Attic' for the BBC and performing and presenting at one-off shows around the UK and in Australia. He has also been filming all over Europe for 'Classical Destinations’ a series about famous composers. His theatre credits include playing Joseph in Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat', in 2008 he performed as Caractacus Potts in 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' at the Wales Millenium Centre and he also played the lead role in Irving Berlin's 'White Christmas' in 2009 and 2011 in Manchester, Plymouth, Dublin and Liverpool. 

This tour will not only see Aled performing in some of the country’s most beautiful buildings, but also a chance to see him collaborate with wonderful local choirs in each town. 

Tickets for Aled Jones are available from:-

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