Proms in the Park 2017

Posted on 13 Jul 2017


Our talented young performers were the stars of another fantastic summer evening spectacular of music, fireworks and family fun recently.

There was glorious sunshine for our seventh Proms in the Park concert at the school’s Blundell Park playing field, which was attended by more than 2,500 pupils, family members, friends and local music lovers.

The event, sponsored by National Tyres and Autocare, showcased the musical skills of around 250 students from St. Mary's College & Preparatory School, and was conducted by Director of Music, Andrew Byers.

One of the highlights of the night was a special guest appearance by acclaimed soprano Rachael Russell, a former pupil of the college.

There were also performances by the choirs from two other local schools - Valewood Primary in Crosby and St. Luke’s C of E Primary in Formby.

The compere for the concert - which built up to a spectacular 1812 Overture firework finale - was popular BBC Radio Merseyside presenter, Roger Phillips.

He introduced 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 and the Fantasia on British Sea Songs, written by Proms founder Henry Wood. 

Other highlights of the programme included the orchestral suite from hit musical Phantom of the Opera, ELO’s Mr Blue Sky and Rachael Russell’s barnstorming rendition of the Motown classic Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.

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

Principal Michael Kennedy commented: “Proms in the Park is one of the most ambitious events organised by any school in the region, so we were delighted that it was staged in such excellent weather this year.

“Once again the standard of music at the concert was incredibly high, and 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 exceptional musical skills of our students, and of course a really rousing way to mark the end of the school year.”


Well done to all our talented young performers from St. Mary’s College & Preparatory School, Valewood Primary and St. Luke's C of E Primary.

Thanks to our special guest Rachael Russell and our compere Roger Phillips. Thanks to our sponsors for their generous support and above all thanks to everyone who joined us for the concert.

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