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Philharmonic Concert Date For St. Mary's College Pupils

Making the grade - singer Sophie Clarke achieved the top marks in the Liverpool area.

TALENTED young musicians from St. Mary’s College in Crosby will perform in one of the region’s most prestigious concert venues next month.

The school is staging its 15th annual Festival of Music at Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall at 7.30pm on Friday March 15.

More than 150 pupils will take part in the showcase event at the famous venue, which will feature 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, Chamber Choir and Mount Concert Choir.

The concert will also feature a solo xylophone performance from sixth former Robert Howat from Blundellsands, a percussionist with the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, who intends to study Musical Composition and Performance after completing his A-levels this summer.

And there will be a special guest appearance by the choir of Carleton House Preparatory School in Liverpool.

Musical highlights will include excerpts from Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, the Egmont Overture by Beethoven, Ravel’s Bolero and The Heavens are Telling from The Creation by Haydn.

The concert will be compered by Roger Phillips from BBC Radio Merseyside and conducted by St. Mary’s Director of Music, Andrew Byers, assisted by Colin Johnston.

Mr Byers commented: "I’m delighted that we’re heading back to the Phil again because performing on its famous stage is something our pupils never forget.

"A lot of time and effort goes into rehearsing the ambitious programme but it’s worth it to create an evening to remember for musicians and audience members alike."

Meanwhile, one of St. Mary’s College’s most talented young musicians is celebrating after achieving top marks in her Grade 4 singing examination.

14-year-old Sophie Clarke, from Waterloo, has been awarded the Miss Margaret Wethered Prize by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in recognition of the fact that she achieved the highest marks in the Liverpool area last year.

Sophie has been singing since the age of four and is a pupil of Crosby-based singing teacher Mrs Ranee Seneviratne.

Tickets for the St. Mary’s Festival of Music at the Phil - priced at £7.50 for adults and £5 for children - are now available from the Philharmonic Hall box office on 0151 709 3789 or direct from the college on 0151 924 3926.

Flashback to the 2012 St. Mary's Festival of Music at the Philharmonic Hall.

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