The Xaverian College Orchestra

Some Reflections on the Xaverian College Orchestra 1959 – Bob Postlethwaite My first experience of ‘Chuck’ Sellars’ ‘ambition’ for the orchestra was Speech Day 1958.  The programme included the chorus ‘The heavens are telling the glory of God’ from Haydn’s Creation.   This was well above my pay grade in more than one way and it … Read more

Xaverian College Manchester 1961

Were you attending Xaverian in 1961? If you were, you should be on one of these sections of the school photograph. I would like to discover how many of us are still going, and maybe what happened to you over the past 61 years. Just drop me an email on, letting me know what … Read more

St Anne’s Preparatory School

St Anne’s Prep was the junior feeder school for Xaverian College Manchester. It was privately funded – I seem to remember the fees being £50 a term but this is only a distant memory. Although some of the boys were from well heeled backgrounds, many were from the children of working class families who somehow … Read more

John White writes…

Memories of some of the teaching staff are sometimes on point and sometimes blurred. Mr “Jack” Gleason was a good Geordie lad who managed to strike a very good rapport with a good many of my class mates. A bit of a laugh was normally always present about the weekend football clubs – of course … Read more

David Challinger

Chuck Sellars – David Challinger remembers… I remember Chuck SELLERS, and am grateful for the passion for music he instilled in me, although he did once call me a Philistine! I took part in all productions from Iolanthe (1961) up to The Happy Prince (1966). You mention The Magic Flute, which was favorably reviewed in … Read more

Phillip Glennon

Phillip Glennon remembered Message from Hannah Hodgson regarding her father, Phillip Glennon. If anyone remembers him, please email me at the above address. My Dad, Philip Glennon, and his brother Peter both attended Xaverian, early to mid 50s rather than the 60s. My Dad was extremely proud of his time there, where by all accounts … Read more