The Concerts Society was established in the 1960s soon after the opening of the Cathedral to promote musical and cultural events at the Cathedral. Cardinal John Heenan, whilst Archbishop of Liverpool and the man behind the realisation of the cathedral plans, had expressed the wish that the Cathedral should become a centre in the City of Liverpool for arts and culture. To this end he was responsible for the foundation of the Cathedral Choir, a Choir School and the installation of a notable pipe organ.
The Cathedral Orchestra
The Orchestra was formed in 1982 and from the outset the aim was for it to take part in both the Cathedral’s concert season and in its major services and to perform music which was not otherwise heard on Merseyside. Although the orchestra has developed considerably since its inception, these are still its basic aims today.
The Orchestra comprises about thirty players, who are encouraged to have a strong sense of commitment. The Orchestra prides itself on the friendly and welcoming atmosphere at all orchestral activities.
The Orchestra has a varied and interesting schedule and has frequently performed with the Cathedral Choir. Rehearsals take place on Tuesday evenings in the Meeting Room. Prospective members should contact the Orchestral Secretary by filling out the form here.