Mersey Sound

UPCOMING CONCERT: ‘Mersey Sound’, St Luke’s Church (Hoylake), 13th July – be there!

Press release from the Wirral Festival of Firsts website:

“Young Hoylake-based composer and singer-songwriter Rachel Nicholas will be presenting ‘Mersey Sound’, an exciting evening of music at St Luke’s Church, Hoylake, on Saturday July 13.

Along with a talented ensemble of composer-performers, she will be joined for the event by Howard Skempton, who has been a leading light in British experimental music since the late 1960s, and whose appearance at Festival of Firsts is a real scoop for the event.

The concert will feature the premiere of ‘Mersey Sound’, Rachel’s own Merseyside-inspired soundscape for live ensemble and recorded sounds, using sounds of the region including the river, voices, transport, and music. This will be preceded by short works by local emerging composers Daniel ThorneMark JonesWilliam Marshall, Richard Harding and Joe Hillyard, alongside pieces by Howard Skempton, which will be played not only by the ensemble, but also by the man himself.

As well as championing the homegrown talent the region has to offer, Rachel hopes this exciting programme will be accessible to all, and bring contemporary music to new audiences who may not have encountered it before. The concert takes place at St. Luke’s Church, Hoylake, at 7.30pm. Tickets are £5, (concessions £4), and can be obtained from or the HELP shop, Market Street, Hoylake (538 9655). Rachel has not been involved in the festival before, so organisers are hoping for a big Hoylake ‘welcome’ for this Festival of Firsts ‘newbie!’ “