Girls give Impressive Performances on New Grand Piano

New Grand Piano recital After some 30 years’ service to the Nesbitt Room, our ageing grand piano, which had been in situ ever since the Music Department was built in the late 1980s, was replaced with a brand new Yamaha C5X model during last year’s summer holiday. On Monday 14th January, we were joined by the Berkshire musician, Mrs Pamela Chilvers, for a dedication concert.

Girls bring festive spirit to local residential home

Fairways carolsOn Tuesday 11th December, Junior Consort visited Fairways retirement home in Chippenham to give their annual festive concert.

'Inspire!' Concert at Royal Academy of Music for The Armed Forces Fund

InspireWe are delighted to invite you to a stunning musical event at the Royal Academy of Music in London on Sunday 20th January 2019, at 6pm. St Mary’s Concert Artists will be taking part in a Gala Concert of star-studded performances and will share the stage of the Duke’s Hall with sensational artists of our time. The concert will raise money for The Armed Forces Fund and will be hosted by BBC Radio 3 Presenter, Petroc Trelawny.

Carols by candlelight

Carol ServiceThe school gathered in St Mary’s Church, Calne, for the annual Carol Service on Sunday 9th December; the service began with UV (Year 11), soloist, Belinda, singing the first verse of Once in Royal David’s City in the candle-lit church.

Junior Choir sing Carols for the Residents of Penn Court

Penn CourtOn Monday 10th December, the LIV (Year 7) girls made the short walk along the Oxford Road to entertain the residents of Penn Court with some seasonal cheer. Bedecked with Christmas jumpers, tinsel, antlers and hats, there was an array of festive colour on display.

Girls attend Musical evening at Cadenham Manor

QuartetOn Thursday 6th December, selected senior musicians attended a private event at Cadenham Manor, by kind invitation of Mr and Mrs Martin Nye. The Rahman Quartet played a sensational programme of music by Chausson and Dvorak and the beautiful intimate setting of the music room ensured that the girls were totally enthralled by the music performed.

Autumn Concert showcases girls' musical talents

Autumn ConcertOn Thursday 29th November, the girls gave a stunning performance in Chapel in the form of the Autumn Concert.  It set out primarily to celebrate the work of our instrumental ensembles, alongside welcome guest appearances from our Music and Choral Scholar vocal duettists.

Junior Choir on song at Devizes Eisteddfod

EistedfoddOn Thursday 15th November, the Junior Choir, comprising all of the girls in LIV, headed to Devizes to take part in the Choral Festival of the annual Eisteddfod.

David Bednall's 'Requiem' Concert - a Memorable Musical Evening for all

RequiemOn Saturday 17th November, the Chamber Choir performed David Bednall’s Requiem in the Chapel of Merton College, Oxford, alongside 50 of its alumnae (2008-2017 leavers). The occasion marked the 10-year anniversary of the first performance of the piece (on 14th November 2008), and was a testament to the affection shared by all the girls for this music, and indeed for their time in the Chamber Choir.

Girls impress at the annual Sir Bryn Terfel Song Prize Concert

Bryn Terfel Song prizeOn Friday 9th November, St Mary’s held its fourth annual Sir Bryn Terfel Song Prize, with esteemed vocal pedagogue Penelope Price Jones as this year’s adjudicator. The finalists, Charlotte, Elan, Ella, Iona, Kirsten and Lauren, presented terrific recitals.

Girls enjoy Songwriting Workshop

SongwritingDuring Donaldson Week, MIV (Year 8) pupils participated in a Songwriting Workshop: singer/songwriter Rich Cottell visited the school to help the girls create a song of their own, based around the theme of diversity.

Girls perform at the Calne Music & Arts Festival

music&artsOn the evening of 8th October, selected musicians and Junior Consort gave a varied and entertaining concert as part of the Calne Music & Arts’ Festival at Marden House.

The Cecilia James Music Festival and 'Shout' 2018

Company Shout On Friday 5th October, the annual Cecilia James Company Music Festival took place and was adjudicated by Jo May (an orchestral percussionist who trained at the Royal College of Music and a folk musician). It began with the Instrumental Ensembles with each Company representing themselves well, with a variety of different sized groups and unique blends of instruments.

Girls perform Showcase Concert from the Poland Tour

Poland PresentationOn Friday 28th September, the girls who had toured to Krakow, Poland in July performed a showcase concert to parents in Chapel.

St Margaret's Preparatory School children enjoy a presentation about the Music Tour to Poland

Poland PresentationOn 25th September, four girls from St Mary's, along with Director of Music, Mrs Cavill, enjoyed presenting to the pupils at St Margaret's Preparatory School about their amazing experiences on the Music Tour to Poland in July.

Calne girls (and staff!) help delight hundreds on tour of Latvia

Choir Tour of LatviaLast Christmas, we reported on the launch of a fundraising campaign to help fly the choir of St John’s Church, Devizes out to Latvia. We are delighted to report that, after 15 separate events over the course of the Spring and Summer Terms, their efforts raised a magnificent £17,000 towards the tour (around 60% of the total cost), with the choir members themselves funding the remainder. After all their hard work and preparation, a huge party of 60 (comprising the 22 children and 18 adults in the choir, along with 20 excited parents, brothers and sisters) departed for Riga on Tuesday 28th August.

Incredible Experience for girls on Concert Tour in Poland

Poland tourTwenty five girls and five members of the Music Department staff flew to Krakow, Poland at the start of the summer holiday for a five-night concert tour. Girls performed three concerts at different churches, as well as a service of the mass to a congregation of over 700 people.

Superb Musical Performances at Bath Abbey

Bath AbbeyThe school’s links with Bath Abbey are continuing to flourish with a busy performing schedule for Bethan Dudley Fryar and the Sixth Form Music and Choral Scholars. On the evening of 9th May, Mrs Dudley Fryar invited Maia and Lucia as Prize Winners of the 2018 Sir Bryn Terfel Song Prize, to take part in the annual Melody Makers' Fundraising Concert, and they were inspired by the sheer beauty of Bath Abbey and gave stunning solo performances of songs by Parry and Elgar.

Chamber Choir rehearse with Professor Nicola LeFanu

Chamber ChoirOn Friday 11th May, we were thrilled to welcome Calne Girl Professor Nicola LeFanu (1958-1965) who joined the Chamber Choir in an open rehearsal.

Superb evening of Music at the Music Scholars' Concert

Music Scholars ConcertOn the evening of Friday 27th April, our Music Scholars presented their annual concert to a supportive audience in Chapel.