Sun Shines on Proms in the Park

Posted on 26 Jul 2018

Crosby recently played host to our annual Proms in the Park concert - one of the most spectacular events staged by any school in the North West.

The recent spell of glorious weather continued long enough to provide balmy conditions for the eighth music-and-fireworks extravaganza at the playing field.

The concert - sponsored by National Tyres & Autocare - attracted an audience of more than 2,500 family members, friends and local music lovers. And showcased the musical skills of around 250 students from the College and its Preparatory School, conducted by Director of Music, Andrew Byers.

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

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

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He introduced all the old favourites from the famous Last Night of the Proms concert at the Royal Albert Hall.

These included Elgarís 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 PoËme Symphonique - Les Preludes by Franz Liszt, William Waltonís Crown Imperial and the theme from Superman Returns by John Williams.

In addition, the Prep Show Choir and College Chamber Choir sang a medley of songs from The Greatest Showman, pupils from Reception through to the Sixth Form all making a splendid noise together.

Principal, Mike Kennedy, commented: "St. Mary's places music very high up the educational agenda, and this annual event is a wonderful showcase for the wealth of exceptional talent that exists at the school.

"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 a really rousing way to mark the end of the school year, as well as an evening to remember.

"The event will return in 2019 when our aim is to make it even bigger and better to mark what will be St. Mary's centenary year," added Mr Kennedy.