St Mary’s continues centenary celebrations

St Mary’s College in Crosby will continue its 100th birthday celebrations next month with a special centenary production of its annual Proms in the Park event.

The music-and-fireworks extravaganza will be held at the school’s Blundell Park playing field on Little Crosby Road at 7.30pm on Saturday 13 July.

Although exact details of this year’s concert are being kept under wraps, organisers are promising a number of additions to the traditional programme, including an all-new pyrotechnic finale.

However, they intend to retain the most popular elements of the event, which will feature around 250 talented young musicians from the college and its preparatory school.

The concert will again be compered by BBC Radio Merseyside presenter Roger Phillips and conducted by St Mary’s director of music, Andrew Byers.

There will also be special guest appearances by acclaimed soprano Rachael Russell, a former pupil of the school, and the choir of Great Crosby Catholic Primary School.

They will join the young St Mary’s musicians in performing many of the traditional highlights of the famous Last Night of the Proms concert at the Royal Albert Hall.

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 has been to make it even bigger and better for our centenary year.

“For this reason, we’re hoping that many former pupils and members of staff will join us at the event to celebrate the school’s 100th birthday in style.

“As ever, the evening is set to be a wonderful showcase for the wealth of musical talent at St Mary’s, and performing in the open air in front of a large and enthusiastic audience is a fantastic experience that our pupils will never forget.”

For more information about the event or to book tickets ring St Mary’s College on 0151-924 3926, or visit

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