A number of musicians from St Mary's MIV Form and UIV Form will be taking part in a unique and exciting community-based project to commemorate the centenary year of the start of the First World War.
The project will be based on gathering information about local men and women from the Calne area who were involved in the Great War. This will include visiting the War Memorial in Calne and researching the names of people inscribed on it, and interviewing their relatives. Having collected this information during Enrichment Week in February 2014, the girls will then be working with a team of Bath Philharmonic’s professional musicians from ‘Music-in-Action’ to turn this information into a musical presentation. This will be performed to pupils from St Mary’s and members of the public during Enrichment Week in June 2014.
St Mary's Calne will be working with two other schools in the community – The John Bentley School and The Springfields Academy – as well as Dr Craig Fees from the British Library/ Oral History Society who will provide invaluable training on how to interview people and record their personal stories. The girls will also work with Mrs Sue Boddington who is in charge of the Calne Heritage Centre.
The whole project is supported by Calne Music and Arts Festival with a generous grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Director of Music at St Mary's, Mr Hugh Sutton, commented "I think it is very important for all the students to be actively involved in this research in finding out and understanding more about how previous generations made such a significant contribution and sacrifice for all of us."