Girls enjoy musical workshops in the Royal Festival Hall

Royal Festival HallOn 8th February, as part of Enrichment Week, MIV visited the Royal Festival Hall in London's South Bank Centre with the Music Department.  A real highlight of the day for each group was learning to play the gamelan with Dr Sophie Ransby on the beautiful set of Javanese teak and bronze instruments which are housed on the 'Spirit Level' of the Royal Festival Hall.

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Outstanding Fourth Form Music Festival Concert

Fourth Form Music Festival The Fourth Form Music Festival was brought to a close with the Celebration Concert on the evening of 30th January.  It followed a week of preliminary rounds, where 77 individual girls were heard, many of whom offered more than one instrument, bringing the total number of pieces performed to over 100.

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Chamber Choir perform at Eton College Evensong

SMC Chamber Choir perform at Eton CollegeOn Sunday 22nd January, the Chamber Choir boarded a coach headed for Eton College in order to sing the centuries-old service of Choral Evensong: it was the second collaboration of its kind, the first being in January 2016.

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Polished Performances at the Sir Bryn Terfel Song Prize Concert

Sir Bryn Terfel Song Prize, Jan 20On the evening of Friday 20th January, the Sir Bryn Terfel Song Prize was held in Chapel, involving seven Finalists performing their bespoke recital programmes, including a Baroque Aria, an Art Song and a song of their own choice (excluding Musical Theatre).

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Junior Consort perform with the Bath Bach Choir

Junior Consort Pump RoomsAfter the end of term, Junior Consort could not resist one final performance by kind invitation of the Bath Bach Choir. Thanks to dedicated Consort families, the girls were delivered safely to the Bath Pump Room for a memorable festive event. Having the Roman Baths' Museum as their dressing room was also quite a novelty!

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Girls enjoy 'Kiss Me, Kate' production by Welsh National Opera

Kiss Me KateOn Friday, December 9th, 12 members of the Opera Ensemble and its Directors, Mrs Fryar and Mrs Malcolm, were treated to the current production of Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate at the Millennium Centre, Cardiff.

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Junior Choir sing carols for the residents of Penn Court

Penn CourtAfter lunch on Monday 12th December, and decked out in an abundance of tinsel and antlers, the LIV made the short walk down to Penn Court in Calne to entertain the residents with some festive favourites.

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Uplifting Christmas Carol Service

Carol Service 2016On Sunday 11th December, the Chamber Choir, Junior Consort, LIV Choir and String Sinfonia performed in the Christmas Carol service held at St Mary’s Parish Church in Calne. As is traditional, the service began in darkness with only the Chamber Choir holding candles, and a single voice emerged from the West end of the building, announcing the start of Once in Royal David’s City.

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Wonderful Memorial Concert celebrates the life and music of Sir David Willcocks

Sir David Willcocks MemorialSt Mary’s Calne was hugely proud to host a memorial concert to celebrate the life and music of Sir David Willcocks CBE, MC at Salisbury Cathedral on Sunday 20th November 2016.  Along with visiting choirs from St Margaret’s Preparatory, Farleigh, Sandroyd and Salisbury Cathedral Schools and musicians from the West of England Youth Orchestra, St Mary’s girls sang and performed many pieces of choral music with particular links to Sir David.

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Girls enjoy a Music Performance Workshop

Charlotte TomlinsonOn Tuesday 15th November, Calne Girl Charlotte Tomlinson (pictured) gave a Music Performance Workshop to girls in the Fifth and Sixth Form.

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Enriching Music Scholars' Evening

On Wednesday, 2nd November, the Music Scholars and staff enjoyed spending an evening together in Top Hall. The event began with two contrasting vocal performances, with Elan singing Lascia ch’io pianga from Handel’s opera Rinaldo and Hannah performing Adele’s song Make you feel my love

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Amazing experience for Lucia at John Dowland Recital

LVI Form girl Lucia was invited to Wells Cathedral School to enjoy the recital by Iestyn Davies and Tom Dunford, to broaden her understanding and interest in the music of John Dowland as she begins to research her Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).

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Jazz sensation at the Pheasantry

On 28th and 29th October former pupil, Eliza Leng, had the wonderful opportunity to perform as a guest of Linda Purl’s at the Pheasantry Jazz Club, London.

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Magnificent Musical evening with Junior Consort and Calne Choral


On Saturday 15th October, the Junior Consort teamed up with Calne Choral to give a magnificent performance of Karl Jenkins’ Requiem in Chapel.

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Companies raise the roof in the Company Shout and Cecilia James Music Festival

Company ShoutOn Friday 7th October the Cecilia James Music Festival and Company Shout took place. The event, as always, showcased the enormous musical talent that we have at St Mary’s and encompassed a huge variety of musical styles. Our guest adjudicator this year was Emily Saunders, a renowned Jazz Vocalist, composer and broadcaster.

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Musical Workshop with Award-winning Composer

Mark David BodenOn Wednesday 5th October, our GCSE and A Level Musicians spent an evening with the renowned young composer, Mark David Boden.

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Joyous Junior Consort Evensong at Bath Abbey

On Thursday September 29th, Junior Consort performed Evensong at Bath Abbey with their Musical Directors, Bethan Dudley Fryar and Chris Totney.  

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Guest singing slot at top London Jazz venue for Eliza!

We are delighted to hear that 2016 Leaver, Eliza Leng, has been invited by Linda Purl to be a guest performer at The Pheasantry Jazz Club/Pizza Express venue in Kings Road, London on 28th and 29th October.

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Fascinating 'Music in Mind' Lecture by Dr Neta Spiro

Dr Neta Spiro from the University of Cambridge’s Centre for Music and Science spoke to girls studying Music, Science and Psychology A Levels on Tuesday 20th September in the first lecture of the academic year.

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Enchanting musical evening to support Youth Action Wiltshire

On Saturday 17th September, St Mary’s Concert Artists supported Youth Action Wiltshire at a stunning Garden Party at Blacklands Park, by kind invitation of Mr and Mrs Nicholson.

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