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  • Proms in the Park was a sparkling celebration

    Tom Martin

    MORE than 2,000 people enjoyed this year's Proms in the Park event in Crosby – and it proved to be extra special with  St Mary’s  College celebrating its 100th anniversary.

    The Crosby school holds the music and fireworks event every year at its Blundell Park playing field, and on Saturday, July 13 it went off with a bang.

    As promised by the organisers, the event included some additions to the traditional programme, including an all-new pyrotechnic finale.

    This featured items as varied as Mussorgsky’s epic Great Gates of Kiev from Pictures at an Exhibition and a crowd-pleasing version of the Can Can!

    St Mary’s College principal, Mike Kennedy, said: “Proms in the Park is widely regarded as one of the most ambitious events staged by any North West school, and our aim was to make it even bigger and better for our centenary year.

    “I would like to thank all those who took part, and the audience members who came along in such large numbers to support the event. It was a rousing way to mark the college’s centenary year, and definitely an evening to remember.”

    The concert showcased the musical skills of around 250 students from the college and its preparatory school, and was conducted by director of Music Andrew Byers.

    There were special guest appearances by acclaimed soprano Rachael Russell, a former pupil of the college, and the choir from Great Crosby Catholic Primary School.

    The compere for the concert was popular BBC Radio Merseyside presenter Roger Phillips, an old friend of the school.

    Roger introduced many of the traditional favourites from the famous Last Night of the Proms Concert at the Royal Albert Hall, including Jerusalem and Land of Hope and Glory.

    The audience were also treated to music as varied as a Blues Brothers review, James Bond soundtracks, the Bill Withers classic Lean On Me and songs from hit musicals Matilda and Wicked.

    In another unusual feature, the College Junior Choir were conducted by talented sixth former Matteo Ressa, and accompanied on piano by head girl Georgina Duncan.


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