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Concert At Liverpool Anglican Cathedral To Celebrate Alder Hey’s Centenary

Alder Hey Centenary Concert at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral - 11 November 2014A special concert, celebrating 100 years of Alder Hey, will take place at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral on Tuesday 11th November at 7.30pm.

The Vale of Clwyd Singers will be joined by Crosby Symphony Orchestra in performing a broad classical repertoire, including well known pieces by Handel, Monteverdi, Mozart and Barber. Directed by Robert Sells, the concert will also feature world-renowned organist Ian Tracey and award winning Welsh soprano Sioned Terry.

The concert has been organised as part of Alder Hey’s centenary celebrations by Professor David Lloyd, a former Professor of Paediatric Surgery and Consultant at Alder Hey. Professor Lloyd retired from Alder Hey in 2004 but has been closely involved as the hospital celebrates 100 years of groundbreaking innovation and excellence in children’s health.

The famous children’s hospital has an incredibly proud history of providing leading edge children’s healthcare throughout the last century. Back in 1944 it was the first hospital to test penicillin, saving a child from pneumonia.

Alder Hey was also the first hospital to establish a dedicated surgical neonatal unit in the UK and the first to cure the UK’s most commonly encountered congenital heart defect. Various splints and appliances, including the famous Thomas Splint have also been pioneered at Alder Hey. Today it remains at the forefront of children’s healthcare, providing care for over 270,000 children, young people and their families each year.

Professor Lloyd explains: “I have always had an interest in classical music so this concert seemed a perfect way to celebrate Alder Hey’s prestigious history. I knew Professor Robert Sells when he was head of transplant surgery at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital and I had heard the Vale of Clwyd Singers and Crosby Symphony Orchestra perform on a number of occasions, so I was delighted when they agreed to perform in Liverpool for Alder Hey. To have such well known classical performers as Ian Tracey and Sioned Terry involved makes this event extra special! Robert used to operate at Alder Hey from time to time, and I know he regards it a privilege to contribute to these Centenary celebrations”

“The programme we have chosen for the evening features a range of celebratory compositions ideal for this occasion. It is fitting that this event is taking place on Armistice Day, since part of Alder Hey was used to treat wounded serviceman during the First World War. We hope as many people as possible will join us in celebrating this incredible landmark for Alder Hey.”

Tickets cost £10 (free ticket for accompanying carer) and are available to buy online or in person from the Cathedral Shop, or by calling 0151 702 7255.

Secure car parking at the Cathedral is available for £4.

Vale of Clwyd Singers

Crosby Symphony Orchestra

  • Organ – Ian Tracey
  • Soprano – Sioned Terry
  • Director – Robert Sells

Wood – Hail Gladdening Light
Handel – Dixit Dominus
Monteverdi – Beatus Vir
Mozart – Laudate Dominus
Barber – Agnus Dei

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