The choir currently numbers some 100 members. About one third of its membership is still of Welsh origin, but the choir has also attracted singers from all areas of Liverpool and Merseyside.
The present Musical Director is Keith Orrell (below) who previously spent seven successful years as Chorus Master of the Hallé Choir. He currently also conducts the William Byrd Singers of Manchester, two youth choirs and a youth orchestra, and works extensively promoting and developing choral singing and conducting at all levels.
Stephen Hargreaves studied organ with Ian Tracey, Noel Rawsthorne and Nicholas Kynaston. He was Organ Scholar at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, where he also studied Law. Following a year long stay in the US, teaching organ at Texas State University and broadcasting across the State every week, he returned to Liverpool, to pursue a career as insurance broker. He is now a Director at Griffiths and Armour, but is in great demand as an accompanist. He is the accompanist for the Liverpool Welsh Choral. Stephen is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists and has won many prizes for his playing. In 2013, he was awarded the Silver Medal of the Worshipful Company of Musicians.
Sir Karl Jenkins CBE honoured the choir by readily accepting the invitation to become its Patron. This followed the highly successful performance of his own composition The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace, which he conducted with the LWC in the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall in 2005.
In May 2012, Karl returned to Liverpool to conduct the Liverpool Welsh Choral as they performed The Armed Man once again. He also conducted Te Deum, a piece commissioned by the Liverpool Welsh Choral and written by him.
Performing Music For The Public
Performances regularly take place at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. In addition, the choir is committed to taking its special brand of music into the community of Merseyside, and working in partnership with many organisations, bringing quality choral singing to local people. It has established a strong partnership with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, with which its association goes back 99 years. The choir also enjoys and appreciates the relationship with the Northop Silver Band. Winning critical acclaim for its performances of the great choral classics, the Liverpool Welsh Choral is equally at home singing grand opera and popular music.