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Fauré’s Requiem - Old Royal Naval College Chapel, Greenwich - 28th November 2019                           

On Thursday 28th November, an audience of parents and supporters gathered in the Chapel of the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich for the eagerly-anticipated performance of Fauré’s Requiem. The piece was performed by St Mary’s Chamber Choir and Junior Consort, together with a choir of 25 tenors and basses from Eton College.

The pupils had rehearsed independently in the run-up, only collaborating on the afternoon of the concert itself. The effect of the 80-strong choir, combined with Mr Totney’s wonderful organ playing, was utterly sublime. The aesthetics of the Chapel complemented the beauty of the music supremely well, and were as inspiring to the girls as to the audience. Belinda (LVI Choral Scholar) sang the soaring soprano solo, Pie Jesu brilliantly. The Requiem was preceded by various other sacred choral works, four of which were written especially for upper voices, and showed off the girls’ magical sound particularly well. A favourite of the girls, the Cantique de Jean Racine was chosen to commence the proceedings, in a collaboration between the Chamber Choir and boys’ voices.

Audience members enjoyed post-concert drinks in the atmospheric undercroft beneath the Chapel (the former already dressed for Christmas!). During the day, before rehearsals commenced, the girls had enjoyed a local speciality for lunch – pie and mash (although not with the even more traditional eels!).

Musically, they rose to the occasion magnificently, and both acted and sang professionally from start to finish. The evening raised over £4,000 for military bursaries, the venue being particularly apt for this cause.  


Hub Dot - Thursday 14th November 2019                            

On Thursday 14th November, approximately 65 alumnae, interspersed with a few parents and 21 girls from the Sixth Form, gathered at the Anthropologie store in Chelsea for an evening of inspiration and storytelling, courtesy of the Calne Girls' Association and Hub Dot. Set up in 2012 and now operating in 23 cities worldwide, Hub Dot is a unique networking platform which aims to remove societal categorizations such as a title, or job description and replace them with five specific Dots representing your current mindset.Hun Dot 2019 Image 1

It was a phenomenally successful evening. Including the open mic speakers, we had around 16 different one-minute talks, all given by members of the St Mary’s community, either sharing their professional, personal, or holistic wisdom or seeking help and advice from one another and making potentially life- changing connections while drinking prosecco and eating delicious canapés. It was a lovely way to spend a miserably wet and windy autumn evening.


Bowood Drinks Party - Friday 13th September 2019                          

On the evening of 13th September, over 100 St Mary’s parents, alumnae and supporters gathered on the terraces of Bowood House to enjoy the late evening sunshine at a drinks party, hosted by Lord and Lady Lansdowne, to raise money for the St Mary's Calne Bursary Fund.

Guests enjoyed Champagne and a delicious selection of canapés, to the beautiful lilting vocals and keyboard accompaniment of Old Girl, Thea, whilst taking in the stunning vistas across the Bowood parkland. The evening was brought to a fitting close by Calne Foundation Trust Patron, Lady Lansdowne, who talked warmly of the long association between Bowood and St Mary’s Calne before handing over to Headmistress, Dr Felicia Kirk, who spoke passionately of the Trust’s objective in raising funds to support truly transformational bursaries.


Lily Ball 2019                                

Lily Ball 2019

On what was undoubtedly the hottest day of June and possibly of the whole summer, the Founders’ Day Marquee was rapidly transformed from a prize giving tent into a sensational “Secret Garden” for the annual UVI leaver’s Lily Ball.

58 girls along with their families and friends, and various members of staff, enjoyed pre-dinner prosecco and canapés ahead of a delicious sit down two-course dinner. Tables were strewn with pastel multi coloured napkins, breath-taking floral decorations of varying heights and sizes and twinkling candles. Dinner gave way to dancing and the exceptional Will Blake band ensured that the dance floor was packed until midnight when the leavers of 2019 were swept off to their after party to start the fun all over again. 


Founders' day 2019                            

Founders Day 2019

On a glorious summer day (29th June) the warmest of the year so far, the whole school gathered to celebrate Founders’ Day.

The proceedings of the day started with the traditional Commemoration Service at the Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin in Calne. Given the hot weather, it was good to be in the coolness of St Mary’s Church for the service. We were accompanied by Mr Chris Totney, on the piano, and we enjoyed enthusiastic singing from the congregation throughout the ceremony. The Reverend Peter Giles, who was previously Chaplain at the school until 2013 spoke eloquently on the subject of vocation, reminding the Leavers of the rich Christian heritage of which they were part and of how they could continue to live out their faith in the years to come. The Chamber Choir sang two anthems, including a very poignant version of Amazing Grace. We were also privileged to the premiere performance, by the Junior Consort, of a new work by Mr Totney, based on words by Walter de la Mere. It was a lovely composition and very fitting for the occasion. As ever, the final hymn provoked some tears amongst the Leavers, but all in all it was a very special service and a wonderful way to commence the day.

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Alumna of the Year Awards - 2019                                  

Alumna of the year 2019

On Wednesday 8th May the CGA hosted a fantastic drinks reception at the Sloane Club in London, to celebrate the 2019 Alumna of the Year Award. Launched in 2018 by Dr Kirk, the award was introduced to recognise and honour the achievements and triumphs of a CGA member, of any age, for any reason. Candidates are selected by fellow alumnae and this year a total of 12 Calne Girls were put forward. 

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Cantabile IV INSPIRE! - January 2019                                       

Inspire TN

On Sunday 20th January, St Mary’s musicians created some very special musical memories, with a day’s residence at the Royal Academy of Music, London. This was followed by our much-anticipated evening concert, ‘Inspire!’ as part of the school’s Cantabile Concert Series, raising funds for the Armed Forces Fund.


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David Bednall’s Requiem                                           

David Bednall

On 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.

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A Sense of Place                                                             

A sense of place

St Mary's Calne hosted their third triennial London Art Exhibition at Mall Galleries from 6th-11th November 2018. A Sense of Place; included nearly 100 pieces of art produced by current pupils, alumnae, parents and staff and showed a breathtaking level of skill, creativity and flair.


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