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St. Mary's teacher to address international conference



St. Mary’s College Latin teacher Dr James Thorne has been invited to speak at a prestigious international classics conference in the summer. He will address the International Ancient Warfare Conference 2015, which takes place at the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth from June 29th until July 2nd. Dr Thorne is an internationally respected expert on ancient warfare and one of the foremost authorities on Julius Caesar’s campaigns in Gaul.
Prior to moving to St. Mary’s he was a lecturer at the University of Manchester and the University of Wales. He also leads tours to historically important Gallic sites in France and Belgium. Dr Thorne has spoken at a number of high-profile conferences over the years, including events as far afield as Spain. His topics have included the changing face of Roman imperialism and the development of the structures of the Roman Empire, a subject he has also analysed in a number of scholarly journals and encyclopedia articles.
The title of his Aberystwyth address is ‘Grand strategy in the early Roman Empire - walking the walk and talking the talk’. Dr Thorne commented, “I am delighted to have been asked to address this important gathering of experts in the classical world. It will be a great opportunity to meet up with some of the distinguished scholars in this subject whose work I have read and greatly admired over the years.”
Dr Thorne’s speaking engagement follows hot on the heels of another classics success for St. Mary’s, the college’s outstanding production of the Sophocles tragedy Ajax. This earned such rave reviews that the actors were asked to travel to Greece in early summer to perform the play at a festival at Ancient Olympia, an invitation they were sadly unable to accept due to their upcoming exam commitments.


St. Mary's to stage fifth Proms in the Park


St. Mary’s is to stage its summer evening spectacular of music, fireworks and family fun in the town again this summer. For the fifth year in a row, the school will present the Proms in the Park concert at its Blundell Park games field on Little Crosby Road at 7.30pm on Saturday July 4th.
The event - supported by main sponsor National Tyre and Autocare - will feature more than 250 talented young musicians from the college and its preparatory school The Mount. There will also be special guest appearances by the choirs from Great Crosby Catholic Primary School and English Martyrs Catholic Primary School in Litherland. The event will be compered by popular BBC Radio Merseyside personality Roger Phillips and conducted by St. Mary’s Director of Music, Andrew Byers.
The young musicians will play all the old favourites from the famous Last Night of the Proms concert at the Royal Albert Hall. These include 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.
St. Mary’s Principal, Mike Kennedy, commented, “Music is an essential part of life at St. Mary’s and this annual event is a wonderful showcase for the wealth of talent that exists here. The concert is a rousing way to mark the end of the school year, and performing in the open air in front of a large and enthusiastic crowd is a fantastic experience which our pupils will never forget.”
Ticket prices for the concert are £17.50 for adults, £10 for children or £50.00 for a family ticket (two adults and two children), with entrance free for youngsters under five. A number of sponsorship and hospitality opportunities are also still available, including programme advertising, sponsoring the firework finale and VIP marquee hire.
*  For more information about the event, to book tickets or discuss sponsorship or hospitality packages ring St. Mary’s College on 0151 924 3926 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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