A picturesque town with more than 900 Grade II listed houses and public buildings, Port Sunlight was founded in 1888 by the industrialist William Lever as a self-contained community for his soap factory workers.
The village today is an immaculately preserved example of early town planning. A prototypical garden city, Port Sunlight’s manicured gardens and parklands offer abundant green space for the village’s residents and visitors, while cultural institutions like the Lady Lever Art Gallery and The Gladstone Theatre provide access to the arts.
With just 2,000 residents, Port Sunlight is home to a small but thriving community
We are a workplace-based a capella choir, set up over six years ago and meeting for one hour per week. When lockdown happened, we really wanted to keep going so started running our rehearsals via Zoom as a way to keep connected and still get that hour of wellbeing through singing.
But we really missed performing and connecting to others. Our amazing choir director Amy Chalmers had written a song expressing all the things we were missing. We covered ‘The Little Things’, recording our parts at home and sharing photos of what we missed, which were then brought together to create our first video.
The Black Lives Matter movement really affected us, so we next covered ‘Rise Up’ to coincide with Black History Month and through this we raised over £500 for the Anthony Walker Foundation.
Choir has been a beacon of light in our lockdown world, a chance to connect with our choir friends, enjoy singing and also reach out to others via our videos, who can hopefully enjoy what we are creating.