The Lighthouse Choir release their new single, You'll Never Walk Alone, on May 8th. Alongside the launch, LFC TV have recorded a short documentary on both the Lighthouse Choir and Love and Joy Gospel Choir. Links for the new single and the video will be available here in the coming days.
The Lighthouse Choir are also featuring on BBC1 as part of the launch show for Eurovision, celebrating the impact of the National Lottery - who fund arts for wellbeing programmes at Liverpool Lighthouse - on music and culture in Liverpool.
Lighthouse Choir was formed by Liverpool Lighthouse over Zoom during the Covid-19 pandemic. The goal was to connect the community through singing, to help people stay well through lockdown and to build on the traditions of the Love and Joy Gospel Choir (LJGC) who over 20-years have sung at the Hillsborough Memorial Service at LFC Stadium.
Members of the choir include Hillsborough survivors, people who lost friends and family members as well as current local residents. They now meet weekly in-person and are involved in performances around the city. They have recently been recorded for the 2023 Eurovision coverage on BBC1 and by LFCTV.
The choir have recorded a 6-track EP, Songs of Healing, from which 2 tracks, Wind Beneath My Wings and Abide With Me have now been released. The full EP is planned for release by the end of 2023. The songs chosen are favourites of the Hillsborough families and have been performed by LJGC over many years. Although inspired by the Hillsborough Memorial, the songs have taken on a greater resonance as people grapple with the losses experienced over recent years.
SONGS OF HEALING
The album is currently in production, with recording completed over the summer 2021, with a plan to release the full 6-track EP by the end of 2023.
The first single from the album, Wind Beneath My Wings was released in December 2021, alongside a Memorial Concert at Liverpool Lighthouse, embracing the healing power of songs and singing for the loss and grief.
A second single was released in 2022, Abide With Me, along with a video series of table talks "A conversations on living beyond loss", which explored how we experience loss and grief in a wide variety of ways and pathways to hope and healing. These are available in YouTube.
The next single is You'll Never Walk Alone released on May 8th 2023.
"It’s been difficult for everyone in this choir, but it has become a wonderful community project bringing everyone closer together and has shown how powerful music can be."
– Serena Rushton, best friend of Vicki Hicks, one of the 97. Daughter,
Danya Rushton is a member of the choir.
In 2022, to coincide with the anniversary the Hillsborough tragedy, Liverpool Lighthouse released a 97 second clip of "You'll Never Walk Alone" to commemorate the 97 lives lost and to preview the wider album release in 2023.
“It’s been really lovely to sing with a mix of lots of different people and to see them all every week. It is one of the only stable things at the moment and whatever happens we’ll still be here every Tuesday night, talking and singing along”.
– Niamh Owens, choir member.
Award-winning choir director and vocal coach, Anu Omideyi, has been leading the choir from the start, from June 2020 to the present day.
We have created Hillsborough and me, a collection of stories from survivors, friends and relatives of people who died and local community members who are part of the Hillsborough Memorial Choir. In the videos below, they share why they decided to take part in the project.