Girls from Art, Drama and Music gathered in Top Hall on the evening of 25th April for a celebration of the Arts. It was the turn of the Music Department to host the evening, and the Guest Speaker was Calne Girl Holly Manners (2011). Holly works as an A & R (Artists and Repertoire) at Warner Bros Records UK, which looks after artists including Dua Lipa, Liam  Gallagher and Royal Blood.  Previous to this, Holly worked at Bucks Music Publishing, where she set up a new arm of the Sync team focusing on bespoke composition for film/TV/advertising. Holly also reviews new music for Line of Best Fit and TheMostRadicalist, and holds the Music Publisher Association’s Richard Toeman Scholarship. She set up and runs she.grows - a mentoring project with SheSaid.So (a network of women in the music industry), and sits on the UK Music Futures First Board and Warner Music Diversity Committee. 

Her presentation to the girls was inspirational, empathetic, honest and full of warmth.  Holly reminisced about her time at St Mary’s, when she fell ‘gut-wrenchingly in love’ with Music, and subsequently studied Music at St Peter’s College, Oxford.  She closed her presentation with a poem by Nayyirah Waheed: “when creating. be kind to your doubt. hear it out. thank it for its concern. and reassure it that you are an artist. and risk is essential.” A scrumptious supper was served, and prizes were awarded to Jolie (UV), Rose (UV), Isabella (LVI), Lucy (LVI), Alicia (UVI) and Maiya (UVI) for Drama, Roberta (UV), Shubha (UV), Hannah (LVI), Ila (LVI), Lucia (UVI) and Maia (UVI) for Music, and Cali (UV), Poppy (UV), Lucy (LVI), Eliza (LVI), Alice (UVI) and Mary (UVI) for Art.  Congratulations to all of our prize winners!

Mrs Rebecca Cavill, Director of Music