Proms in the Park 2016

Posted on 06 Jul 2016

For the sixth year in a row, St. Mary’s College presented its Proms in the Park concert at the school’s Blundell Park playing field, watched by an audience of more than 2,000 family members, friends and local music lovers.


The event - sponsored by National Tyres and Autocare - showcased the musical skills of around 250 students from the College and The Mount, and was conducted by Director of Music, Andrew Byers.


One of the real highlights of the night was a special guest appearance by international soprano and former pupil Rachael Russell.
There were also performances by the choirs from two other local schools - Great Crosby RC Primary School and English Martyrs Catholic Primary School in Litherland.


The compere for the concert - which built up to a rapturously received firework finale - was popular BBC Radio Merseyside presenter, Roger Phillips.
He introduced all the old favourites from the famous Last Night of the Proms concert at the Royal Albert Hall.


These included Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March No 1 (Land of Hope and Glory), Jerusalem, the Fantasia on British Sea Songs written by Proms founder Henry Wood and, of course, Rule Britannia.


Earlier in the evening, many audience members had arrived at Blundell Park early to enjoy a picnic in the open air before settling down to the musical entertainment, often accompanied by some frantic flag waving.


St. Mary’s College Principal, Mike Kennedy, commented: “Our Proms in the Park concert is one of the most ambitious events organised by any Merseyside school.


“Despite very mixed weather in the run-up to the event the sun shone on the night, which helped to make this year’s concert another outstanding success.


“I would like to thank all the performers and audience members for supporting the event and making it another evening to remember.

“The concert was a wonderful way to highlight the musical prowess of our students, and a rousing way to end the school year,” added Mr Kennedy.