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Philharmonic concert date for St. Mary's students


Talented young musicians from St. Mary’s College in Crosby will perform at one of the region’s most prestigious concert venues later this month. The school is staging its annual Festival of Music at Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall at 7.30pm on Friday 20th March.
More than 250 pupils will take part in the showcase event as part of a range of musical ensembles from the college and its preparatory school, The Mount. They will include the award-winning Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Wind Band, Stage Band, Baroque Consort, Show Choir, Chamber Choir and Mount Concert Choir. There will also be a special guest appearance by the choir from English Martyrs Catholic Primary School.
The unusual and ambitious repertoire for the concert will include the iconic tone poem Finlandia by Jean Sibelius, excerpts from Handel’s The King Shall Rejoice and the complete Suite in Eb by Gustav Holst. The audience will also be able to enjoy the Second Waltz from Jazz Suite No 2 by Shostakovich, and music from the blockbuster movie 1492 - Conquest of Paradise by Greek composer Vangelis.
The concert will be compered by popular BBC Radio Merseyside presenter Roger Phillips, and conducted by St. Mary’s Director of Music Andrew Byers, supported by colleague Colin Johnston. Mr Byers commented, “I’m delighted that we’re heading back to the Philharmonic Hall for the 17th year in a row because performing on its famous stage is an experience our students never forget. At the moment we’re very busy rehearsing for the event, but it will be worth all the time and effort to make it an evening to remember for musicians and audience members alike.”
Tickets for St. Mary’s Festival of Music - priced at £12 for adults and £6 for children and seniors - are available from the Philharmonic box office on 0151 709 3789, via the venue’s website at or from the college on 0151 924 3926.



St. Mary's Sixth Formers put the spotlight on manufacturing


Sixth Formers from St. Mary’s recently visited a £300-million recycled paper mill in Manchester as part of preparations for their A Level Business Studies exam. The Upper Sixth students travelled to the Partington plant of Spanish-owned paper and packaging giant SAICA on a factfinding mission for their research project on the UK manufacturing sector.
Partington, which currently employs around 80 people, is Europe’s most advanced ‘green’ paper mill and the first new containerboard mill to be built in the UK for several decades. The plant on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal is capable of producing 450,000 tonnes of packaging paper and board each year from used UK paper.
The St. Mary’s students learned that recycling the paper results in an annual reduction in carbon emissions of 84,000 tonnes, the equivalent of taking 28,000 cars off the road each year. They were also told that when operating at full capacity the plant can produce 1,500 metres of paper every minute - enough to cover the 196-mile distance between Partington and London every three hours!
St. Mary’s Head of Business Studies Jo Simpson, who organised the visit, commented, “We’re very grateful to SAICA for hosting this visit and giving our pupils an in-depth presentation as well as a tour of the whole plant, from production to warehousing and dispatch. Visiting a state-of-the-art operation like this has given our Sixth Formers first-hand experience of the manufacturing sector which will be invaluable as they finalise their A Level research projects over the coming months.”


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