A programme of special events to mark 100 years since St. Mary’s College was founded in 1919 gets under way later this month with a special centenary concert at Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall.
Around 350 current and former pupils will take to the stage at the prestigious venue at 7.30pm on Saturday 23rd March to perform music from some of cinema’s best-known and well-loved films.
St. Mary’s at the Movies will include favourites from Star Wars, ET, Superman, Saving Private Ryan, Chicago and Pirates of the Caribbean.
They will be performed by a wide range of musical ensembles at the college including the award-winning Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Wind Band, Stage Band, Chamber Consort, Show Choir, Chamber Choir and Preparatory School Choir.
The compere for the concert will be popular BBC Radio Merseyside presenter Roger Phillips, and it will be conducted by Director of Music, Andrew Byers, and his assistant Colin Johnston.
And as part of the centenary celebrations, the school has invited former pupils who performed at previous Philharmonic concerts to take part in this year’s event.
Andrew Byers commented: “This will be the 21st time the school has presented a Philharmonic concert and the centenary and the movie theme will make this year’s event really special.
“That’s why we’ve extended this invitation to former students. We hope as many of them as possible will join us on the famous stage and play or sing along like the good old days.”
Other highlights of the 100-year celebrations will include a Service of Thanksgiving and Celebration Dinner at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral in June.
The VIP guest at this event will be former pupil Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster and leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales.
This will be followed in July by the school’s centenary Proms in the Park music and fireworks extravaganza at its Blundell Park playing field.
Tickets for St. Mary’s at the Movies, priced at £12.50 for adults and £7.50 for children and students, are available from St. Mary’s College and the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall Box Office.