Reflection by Canon Philip Anderson 


Every time the Cathedral hosts a large dinner one of the clergy says a few words of welcome. We tend to talk about the great space, as people look around them with awe, and we list the superlatives, the highest bells, the biggest Anglican church, the great organ… All of these things are gifts given to us by our ancestors, the Cathedral builders, and it is an incredible rich legacy. Gilbert Scott’s masterpiece, our spiritual home, was built to give glory to God and to build up the people of Liverpool through daily worship. The Cathedral Choir and all the associated musicians, professional and amateur, young and old, form an indispensable part of this offering to God and the diocese, and in July 2022 we launch the Liverpool Cathedral Liturgy and Music Foundation as a way of ensuring that our generation passes on this gift, enhanced and alive for the benefit of generations to come. There are thousands of school children in the city today being encouraged to find their inner musician through the work of our Music Department, and thank God, every year some of them hear the call to come and sing with us. 

The evening before Consecration Sunday, the day when we celebrate the foundation of the Cathedral, there will be a gathering for those who want to hear more about how they can be involved in, and support, our rich musical life. If you would like to come to that evening, Saturday 16th July, from 6pm, please send Philip Daniel a message: 

On 15th October there will be a more public launch of the Foundation, with our different musical ensembles contributing, culminating in the anniversary recital given by Prof. Ian Tracey. 

Please look out for details of the Foundation in the coming weeks and months, and pray for its success. 

Canon Philip Anderson