The Liverpool Male Voice Choir can sing their own praises for once after being recognised for raising of thousands of pounds for charities and deserving causes in the local community.
The choir, which has more than a century of history, will be admitted The Freedom of Associations & Institutions award to recognise their charitable efforts.
The organisation, which was formed in 1911 by a small group of men living in Wavertree, has been performing and representing the city ever since.
Michael Gollop, chairman of Liverpool Male Voice Choir, told JMU Journalism: “Today is a wonderful day for us and a huge honour from the city of Liverpool. The reward is given annually and goes back as early at the 13th Century.
“It is the decision of the city based on services rendered to the people of Liverpool. It is in recognition of our services to the city of Liverpool through singing, performing concerts and raising money for worthwhile charities. It’s what we do.”
Including the Christmas Season, the choir aims to give between 12 and 15 concerts a year.
Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Tony Concepcion, told JMU Journalism: “The Freedom Ceremony held in our magnificent Town Hall tonight is in recognition of the Liverpool Male Voice Choir cultural contribution to the city. The choir has been performing and representing the best of Liverpool’s excellent musical tradition locally and nationally for over 100 years.
“This is an historic occasion and I’m delighted that the choir will be given Liverpool’s highest civic honour. Since its formation, the choir and its members have been true ambassadors and a credit to the city of Liverpool.”