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Sun shines for Proms in the Park

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The sun shone for Crosby’s annual music, fireworks and family fun extravaganza at the weekend. For the fifth year in a row St. Mary’s College presented its spectacular Proms in the Park event at the school’s Blundell Park playing field, watched by an audience of over 3,000 family members, friends and local music lovers.
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The event - supported by main sponsor National Tyres and Autocare - showcased the musical skills of around 250 students from the College and its Preparatory School, The Mount, and was conducted by Director of Music, Andrew Byers. There were also special guest appearances by the choirs from Great Crosby Catholic Primary School and English Martyrs Catholic Primary School in Litherland.
 
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The compere for the concert - which built up to a rapturously received firework finale accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture - was popular BBC Radio Merseyside presenter, Roger Phillips. He guided the audience through the exciting and challenging concert programme, which - in recognition of the 4th July date - featured a number of pieces by American composers, including America from West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland’s Hoe-Down from Rodeo.
 
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But of course all the favourites from the famous Last Night of the Proms concert at the Royal Albert Hall were performed as well. 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 people had arrived at the Blundell Park playing field early to enjoy a picnic in the open air, before settling down to enjoy the musical entertainment which included many opportunities for audience participation.
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St. Mary’s College Principal, Mike Kennedy, commented: “This year’s concert - which was again blessed with great weather on the day - proved to be another outstanding success. The event is a wonderful showcase for the wealth of musical talent that exists here at St. Mary’s, and also a rousing way to mark the end of the school year. And, of course, performing in the open air in front of a large and enthusiastic audience is a fantastic experience for the students who took part.”
 
Mr Kennedy added, “Proms in the Park is one of the most ambitious events organised by any school in the region, and I would like to thank all the staff and pupils involved for making it an evening to remember.”
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Exhibition puts exam artwork in the spotlight

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St. Mary’s College in Crosby recently mounted a special exhibition showcasing the work of its A level and GCSE art students. Families and friends of the young artists were invited to view a range of pieces that the students have submitted as part of their course work for the exams.
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The library of the school was transformed into a gallery for the exhibition - called simply ‘Change’ - which included an exciting range of paintings, prints, photos, sculptures and installations. St. Mary’s has a thriving art department and staff say the standard of work this year was particularly good.  They now have high hopes that this will be reflected in the exam results in August.
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Head of Art David Rasores-Parry commented, “This year’s exhibition is the culmination of five, six and in some cases seven years of effort by our talented and creative students. They have used their own experiences - as well as their knowledge of other times and cultures - to produce a hugely individual, eclectic and diverse range of work which is by turns beautiful, dramatic and terrifying. The standard across the board is exceptionally high, and many students have been so prolific or ambitious in scale that we couldn’t fit all of their work in. We are very proud of the work they have produced and also the effort they have put into the subject.”
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