A spectacular success

Belvedere’s annual carol concert took place at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral.

The event, consisting of readings, congregational carols and musical arrangements by their talented orchestra, choir and chamber choir, is always a highlight of the academy calendar but never more so than this year.

Over 850 students and staff were present as well as over 200 parents and special guests, including the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Liverpool. The quality of the performances was outstanding with some complex orchestral arrangements and innovative choral pieces.

Highlights of the concert included The Belvlings, Belvedere’s Year 7 choir, singing their version of ‘Golden Slumbers’, which all of the girls recognised from a recent advertising campaign and only some as a lesser known work of The Beatles; a small group of students who sang an acoustically stunning acapella version of ‘Mary Did You Know’ from one of the balconies, and of course, The Ukeladies, a group formed and directed by the students themselves, who gave a heart-warming performance with their ‘Rudolph Mash Up’.

Particularly poignant and thought-provoking was the Christmas message delivered by Reverend Keith Hitchman, friend of the academy and vicar of Christ Church, Toxteth Park, who reminded everyone to open their hearts to those less fortunate during the festive period.

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