Festival of Music

Posted on 23 Mar 2016

Liverpool’s prestigious Philharmonic Hall was the venue for the 18th St. Mary's Festival of Music.


The concert featured a wide range of musical ensembles including St. Mary’s award-winning Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Wind Band, Stage Band, Chamber Consort, Show Choir, Chamber Choir and Mount Concert Choir.


The programme also featured a special guest appearance by the choir from Freshfield Primary School in Formby.


The event was compered by popular BBC Radio Merseyside presenter Roger Phillips and conducted by Director of Music Mr Byers assisted by Mr Johnson.


As in previous years the concert featured an exciting and ambitious repertoire which ranged from Mozart’s Symphony No 25 to Aaron Copland’s famous Hoedown and the Symphonic Suite from the hit show Chicago.


One of the standout performances of the evening was the Festive Overture by Dmitri Shostakovich, an incredibly demanding piece which was played brilliantly by the Symphonic Wind Band.
Other musical treats for the audience included Eleanor Rigby by the Beatles, America from West Side Story, the Symphonic Suite from Pirates of the Caribbean and even Boom Boom by blues legend John Lee Hooker.


The soloists at this year’s event were Harriet McKinley-Smith on clarinet, cellist Isabelle Bond and singers Joshua Quinlan and Matteo Ressa.
Mr Byers commented: “This is the 18th year in a row that we have staged our Festival of Music at the Philharmonic Hall, and I’m delighted to say that this year’s performers maintained the incredibly high standards set by their predecessors.


“I would like to pay tribute to them for all the hard work they put in to preparing for the event, and the high standards of musicianship they displayed on the night. They fully deserved the ovation they received at the end of the evening.”


However, our students will have little time to rest on their laurels as they will soon begin rehearsals for the other highlight of the college musical calendar, the summer Proms in the Park event. This year’s music and fireworks extravaganza will be held at our Blundell Park playing field on Saturday 2nd July.