Liverpool Male Voice Choir will receive the Freedom of Liverpool on Monday (7 December) when a special presentation takes place.
Formed in Wavertree in 1911, the long-established organisation is being awarded the city’s highest accolade having been performing and representing the area, often supporting charitable events, for more than 100 years.
Ahead of next week’s event at Liverpool Town Hall, the city’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Tony Concepcion, says: “I am delighted to be able to confer the Freedom Roll of Associations and Institutions on Liverpool Male Voice Choir in recognition of its cultural contribution to the city.
“The choir and its members have been true ambassadors and a credit to Liverpool and all members past and present can be very proud of their achievements.
“The choristers share a unique passion, entertaining so many with their beautiful music and I am particularly delighted that they are going to perform at the ceremony.”
Michael Gollop, chairman of Liverpool Male Voice Choir, describes the honour as a “great thrill” for the group, adding: “We are moved and humbled yet supremely proud to stand alongside the many illustrious associations and institutions who have hitherto rendered eminent service to this city.
“Our founding choristers could not have envisaged such a prestigious award back in 1911, as they forged the new choir. The constitution they pioneered still holds true today as we continue to study the practice of male voice singing, while striving for choral excellence, and the concert performance of suitable works.
“It is our passion for singing that draws us together, but underpinning this is the camaraderie and friendship we share. After 104 years, the choir continues to thrive, remaining committed to Liverpool’s vibrant music scene.”
Liverpool Male Voice Choir regularly hosts choirs from around the UK and overseas with recent visitors from South Wales, Japan and Norway.