15 April 2021 will mark the 32nd anniversary of the Hillsborough Disaster
To coincide with the anniversary of loved ones that were lost 32 years ago, Liverpool Lighthouse will release a 96 second clip to honour them and to communicate what the choir have been working on behind the scenes, uniting people through hardship, owing to the medium of music.
“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.
Work has been underway on this project for nearly a year on and has endured throughout the lockdowns with over 30 community and LJGC members. Award-winning choir director and vocal coach, Anu Omideyi, has been leading the choir and conducted the auditions, along with the Liverpool Lighthouse team back in June 2020.
“This year has affected us all in different ways and Liverpool Lighthouse hope that this album will also support people who have lost loved ones throughout this pandemic.” Sarah Jones, Venue Manager at Liverpool Lighthouse and member of the choir.
Recording of the album will commence within the next few months now that lockdown restrictions are easing. To launch the release of this album, the plan is for an Autumn time showcase concert in Liverpool Lighthouse’s 430 seated auditorium featuring the Lighthouse’s Community Gospel Choir. The album will be available from all major streaming platforms and a physical release will be available from www.liverpoollighthouse.com. Exact release and performance dates will be announced soon.
Throughout this pandemic, Liverpool Lighthouse have been connecting the community through creative means. Individuals of all ages and backgrounds have been meeting up weekly through zoom, to rehearse for the release of an inspirational album in the Autumn.
Inspired by their inhouse Love and Joy Gospel Choir, whom over a 20-year period led singing at the Hillsborough memorial service at LFC Stadium, the album will be a 6-track release of songs that have been performed by LJGC over those years which brought comfort and strength to thousands who attended including families of the 96 people who lost their lives at Hillsborough.
"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 96. Daughter, Danya Rushton is a member of the choir.
Current List of Choir Members: