The choir had a quiet start to the year with no concerts in the early part of the year. Two very successful concerts were held later on at Pacific Road theatre and for the British Heart Foundation in Eaton Hall, Chester. Christmas was very busy,requests for concerts have had to be refused.
Our 40th Anniversary Year. There are a number of events planned for this our very special year. Earltson Rd Library will be holding a display of choir memorabilia in late June and an anniversary concert is planned for June 30th. Details for concerts in the autumn will be available after the school summer holidays.
A busy year with the choir performing at St Stephens in Wallasey, St Mary's College and St John's Hospice and also singing at many weddings including one in the beautiful chapel of Mostyn House School, Parkgate were the bride and groom left by helicopter.
The first trip abroad for the newly formed Wallasey Choir, visiting Malta. The girls' raised money for the trip by doing car boot sales as well as a disco and a sponsored sing. (See photo Gallery) The tour included performances at Malta Cathedral and also the Razzett Centre.
Our annual Christmas Carol singing to raise money for St John's Hospice and Claire House took place in Birkenhead precinct and Port Arcades in Ellesmere Port.
The choir helped Marlow road United Reformed Church Wallasey celebrate their 90th Anniversary with a concert held at All Saints Church.
This is the first year the choir held their own 'Summer Concert' at St Hilary's Church Wallasey to raise money for the choir itself. The choir sang a number of spirituals as well as 'Summertime' by Du Bose Heyward and Ira Gershwin, and the showboat classic by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein - 'Can't help lovin' that man of mine'.
Christmas saw the choir carol singing in Birkenhead precinct and Port Arcades in Ellesmere Port as well as nursing homes in Hoylake and Chester.
The choir was formed (see above)
Wallasey Girls' Choir History
Please see Gallery for historical photos
Trips & Tours
During the 35 year history, the Wallasey Girls' Choir undertook many trips, both at home and abroad, with the first trip taking place in 1969 to Holland.
In both 1979 and 1986 the choir travelled to the Swiss Riviera on the banks of Lake Geneva to take part in the Montreux Rose Bowl competition The competition takes place every spring in the world famous Stravinsky Concert Hall, with choirs from all over the globe taking part.
In 1981 the younger members of the choir joined with the Oxley School choir to take part in the Lindenholzhausen International Harmony Festival in Germany.
In 1982 the choir visited the land of the midnight sun, Finland. Most of this tour was spent swimming in many of the lakes or barbequing on the shore. The most memorable occasion was singing at the Sibelius' monument in Helsinki.
In 1988 the choir set it's sights on Canada with maple trees and mounties They performed many concert while there but the most memorable one must have been at Kingston Heights were the temperature soared to the high 90’s. It wasn’t the concert that was memorable but the paddle in the fountains in full choir uniform to cool down afterwards.
In 1990 the choir went to the USA singing in five different states, New York, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Washington DC and Florida. The day they sang at the United Nations building will go down in world history, not for the choir signing but as the day War broke out in the Gulf. When they sang at the White house both Margaret Thatcher and George Bush (Senior) were present.
The choir has sung in many unusual places but the strangest was when we visited an Amish village of Intercourse Pennsylvania and sang to it’s occupants. The Amish people keep very much to themselves living a simple life without machinery. The choir had to sing all unaccompanied songs for that particular concert.
Disneyland Florida was another one of the stops of the tour. The choir felt a little strange being led to the stage by Alice in Wonderland and the White Rabbit but even stranger showering next to Mini Mouse!
In 1992 the choir did Europe! Well, four different countries, France, Belgium Luxembourg and Germany Singing in three Cathedrals , Cologne, Chatres and also in Luxembourg Cathedral as well as the L’eglise de St Jacque in Paris, The tour also took to sing in the newly opened Disneyland Paris this time the stage was a large open story book right in front of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle.
The choir decided in 1994 to stay nearer home and visit the birth place their Director, Beryl Beckingham - Scotland. Whilst there they performed many concert, one of them being with a duo from Hawaii. If any of you have seen this choir perform before you know we like to add the occasional dance routine but can you imagine this lot swaying their hips to a hula beat!
In 1995 the choir sang for the International Soroptimist in Harrogate to celebrate their 61st Annual Conference This was the first and only time a tour was paid for by the organisers and not the girls themselves.
1999 was the choir's first trip to the Mediterranean, to the beautiful Islands of Malta Gozo and Comino. The choir led the congregation of Malta Cathedral in the capital, Valletta in Sunday worship with President of Malta in attendance. They also performed the Razzett Centre to raise money for local Maltese charities a. The Wallasey Girl's Choir enjoyed the hospitality and friendliness of the country and it’s people so much they returned in 2001.
In it’s 40 years the choir raised money for over forty charities, sung for Presidents Prime Ministers, Ambassadors and MP’s, performed in many prestigious venues, the White House, the United Nations Building, Disneyland Paris and Disneyworld Florida, Castles and Churches not forgetting a dozen or so of the worlds most famous Cathedrals.