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Liverpool Sounding (1967)


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The narrator discusses the artistic and cultural life of Liverpool, its origins with the wealthy merchants of the past, and how the city spends its leisure time in the present.

A Liverpudlian beat group plays in the Anglican Cathedral. Views of city centre office buildings and statues of notable Liverpool merchants and city fathers lead to exteriors and interiors of St George's Hall, a school choir, and a youth orchestra performing at the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society.

In Liverpool University's dining hall, students gather for a meal; there are views of University buildings and of the neighbouring Metropolitan and Anglican Cathedrals.

Liverpool's leisure activities: the sound of the crowds at the city's two football grounds, preparations for the Grand National at Aintree, municipal golf courses, parks and gardens. Views of Speke Hall and people walking at Otterspool Promenade.

William Brown Street and the museum, library and art gallery. Highlights from their collections, including a medieval painting by Simone Martini and Lord Derby's collection of bird skins. People reading and studying in the library, and further examples of famous works of art held at the Walker Art Gallery.

A model is photographed by members of the Liverpool Photographic Society. Scenes at the theatre, the English Folk Dance and Song Society and the Bluecoat Chambers Art Centre, with the Liverpool Mozart Orchestra. A young artist explains his work. A brief visit to the Town Hall ballroom with the Constance Millington Formation Dance Team; scenes of Liverpool's shops and nightlife, including the ice rink and the famous Cavern Club. Visiting the city for a concert, the violinist Yehudi Menuhin explains why he finds the culture in Liverpool so exciting.