Southport Lyric Singers

Diamond Jubilee


The Southport Lyric Singers was formed in 1954, so 2014 was our Diamond Jubilee.

To celebrate, we held two special events.

Jubilee Concert, 14th June, 7:30 p.m. at Christ Church, Lord Street

The programme was very varied and included items that were popular in 1954 when the Choir was first formed. There were several solos by Choir members and a monologue by our resident poet, Audrey Wright. The performance was conducted by Edna Woodward, accompanied by Margaret Prew and Marjorie Jewell and the comperes were Dorothy H Hughes and Helen Bennett. Tea and coffee was served in the interval and there was also a display of photos from the Choir Archive. The Mayor of Sefton, Councillor Kevin Cluskey attended

Chairman Norma Cook (left) and President Glenna Warner welcome the Mayor of Sefton, Councillor Kevin Cluskey, to the Jubilee Concert

The Lyrics have always prided themselves on supporting local charities so, although admission to this special concert was free, the retiring collection in aid of the Southport and Formby Branch of Parkinson’s UK, raised over £1,200.

The Champion Newspaper sent a photographer and reporter. Jenny Robson wrote "This was a 'nostalgic, feel-good evening'"

Thanksgiving Service, 15th June, 6:00 p.m. at Lord Street West Church

On Sunday 15th June, at 6:00 p.m. we held a Thanksgiving Service at Lord Street West Church, which is where we practise. The Service was led by Ken Hooton and took the form of a Songs of Praise with hymns chosen by the members of the Lyrics who also performed The Lord is My Shepherd (Vicar of Dibley version) and 'Clare Benediction' (Rutter).

This was followed by a buffet meal in the Masonic Hall, Duke Street.

Charities supported since our Golden Jubilee

Queenscourt Hospice has been the major beneficiary with the choir donating nearly £14,000 (this includes £650 from the Concert in memory of Barbara Waring in 2008).

In addition, the following amounts have been donated:






Southport Music Festival



Diabetes UK (in memory of Norah Holcroft)



CHICS (Children’s Cancer Support)



Sing for your Heart



SUAG (Spinal Unit Action Group)



Children’s Liver Disease



Army Benevolent Fund



Alexandra House



Motor Neurone Disease



NW Air Ambulance



Heart of Southport Appeal



Lift Up (Breast Cancer)



Southport Offshore Rescue Trust