We pay tribute to Ronald Woan

Tue 30th, Apr

News

Liverpool Cathedral remembers with much gratitude the life of Ronald Woan.

The Reverend Canon Myles Davies, Vice Dean and Canon Precentor said: 

"Liverpool Cathedral remembers with much gratitude the life of Ronald Woan.  Ronald became a Cathedral Chorister in 1931, singing under the direction of Edgar Robinson. When Robinson retired in 1947, Dean Dwelly invited Ronald to succeed him as Choirmaster, a post which he then held with distinction until his retirement in 1982. As Liverpool had no choir school, the recruitment of choristers has always been a significant part of the Choirmaster’s role, and Ronald was able to attract choristers to sing here, to encourage their talents, and very many of them have remained life-long friends. A strict disciplinarian, Ron nevertheless enjoyed the complete loyalty of those who sang for him, and continued to be a strong influence in them, years after their chorister days were over.  Ronald and Noel Rawsthorne have died within a few weeks of each other, the last of a great company who had worked for Liverpool’s first Dean, Frederick Dwelly.  Our prayers and thoughts are with Doreen and all Ronald’s family at this sad time."

A service of thanksgiving for Ronald Woan will take place at Liverpool Cathedral on Sunday 30th June at 3.00pm.