Philip Dukes FGSM, HonARAM: Artistic Director

"Great Britain's most outstanding solo viola player" The Times

As a concerto soloist, Philip Dukes has appeared with the BBC Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, Hallé, The Philharmonia, The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony, London Mozart Players, Northern Sinfonia, Orchestra of St John's Smith Square, BBC Scottish Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Ulster Orchestra and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. In 1995 Philip made his BBC Promenade Concerto debut returning again in 1999, 2005 and 2007. Philip has recorded a wide range of chamber and solo CDs, most notably the complete works for viola by Rebecca Clarke for Naxos and a debut recording for Deutsche Grammophon of the Triple Concerto by Sir Michael Tippett recorded live at the BBC Proms with the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Andrew Davis. The complete box set of Mozart Viola Quintets for Hyperion Records with the Nash Ensemble has also recently been released to critical acclaim.

Philip is also Professor of Viola at the Royal Academy of Music in London, Artistic Director of Marlborough College and in 2011 he celebrated the 20th anniversary of his London recital debut in 1991 with a gala concert at the Purcell Room, Southbank Centre with Julian Lloyd Webber and Piers Lane, Classical Music/The Classical Source remarking that "everything Dukes produced, be it arabesques, dignified phrases, and a wide range of dynamics, and not forgetting silences, was of special quality".

In 2006 Philip Dukes was unanimously elected a Fellow of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in recognition of his success as an international viola soloist, and was awarded an Honorary Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 2007.

Future engagements include conducting engagements with the London Mozart Players, Real Filharmonia of Galicia and the Southbank Sinfonia, two further solo CDs for Naxos and two for Chandos, the first a Brahms disc with mezzo Sarah Connolly and the second a recording of the Arnold Bax Viola Concerto (Fantasy) with the BBC Philharmonic, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis.

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Clare Toomer GGSM: Deputy Head of Music

Clare studied piano at the Guildhall School of Music before embarking on a successful career as accompanist and vocal coach (winning awards at the Royal Over-Seas League, Maggie Teyte and Classic 2000 competitions). She has performed at all the major recital venues in London (Q.E.H, Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room and St John's Smith Square), throughout Europe, Japan and Malaysia (where she has given lecture recitals).

Clare is a founder member of the Norwegian contemporary music group "Trio Tonus" and has performed and recorded regularly throughout Scandinavia. She has recorded for the BBC and Classic FM and has recorded a CD of French songs for "Lontano".

She is an experienced piano and vocal examiner for the GSMD and has served on their elite diploma panel. She is also an A2 Music examiner for Edexcel (Performance and Anthology analysis). Clare is Head of Academic Studies and Keyboard at Marlborough College and lives in Mildenhall with her husband and two children.

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Alex Arkwright BMus: Head of Performance

Alex Arkwright was brought up in Blackburn, Lancashire and read music at Huddersfield and Leeds Universities. As a first study trumpeter and second study conductor he had lessons with Alan Stringer (RLPO), David James (BBCSSO) and the legendary Philip Jones. After a time freelancing and teaching at Oakham School he took up the post of Area Manager with Kirklees Music Service. Ensembles he directed during this period won a number of awards at the National Festival of Music For Youth and the Boosey and Hawkes National Concert Band Festival culminating in two performances at the Schools' Prom in London.

In 1995 he was appointed Head of Wind, Brass and Percussion at Marlborough College. As a conductor Alex has performed all over the world from the Far East to South Africa and up to Scandinavia in the Royal Albert Hall, the Festival Hall and the Queen Elizabeth Hall, encompassing a broad range of musical genres including classical, jazz, pop and film music.

In addition to teaching at Marlborough, Alex is also Principal Trumpet with the North Wiltshire Orchestra with whom he has performed the Neruda Trumpet Concerto and forthcoming engagements include a performance of the Arutunian Concerto. He is Guest Conductor with Aldbourne Band (Championship Section) and is the Musical Director of the IAPS National Concert Band and Senior Brass Tutor to the National Training Band.

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Hector Scott DRSAMD: Head of Strings

Hector (violin/viola), was born in Edinburgh, and is Head of Strings at Marlborough College having previously been Head of Instrumental Studies at George Watson’s College and Clifton Hall School, Edinburgh. He won all the string prizes at the RSAMD in Glasgow before going to Switzerland on a Caird Travelling Scholarship to study with Max Rostal and then to the New England Conservatory, Boston, USA, where he won the Concerto Club of Boston Prize, the Margaret Spanel Prize and led the NEC Honors Quartet.  Hector also qualified as a Susuki violin teacher.

He is passionate about chamber music having led the Saltire Quartet while resident Quartet at Queen’s Hall and Chrysanth Trio. As a performer, he has performed at Music Clubs and concert venues throughout Scotland and has been a frequent guest on Television and BBC Radio. Hector serves on the Music Advisory Committee for the Sir James Caird Travelling Scholarships Trust.

Recordings are: “GOMA”; “Working Through”; “Donkey’s Ears”; “Breath of June”; “Under the Hammer”; and “Sound Asleep” for Adults, Seniors and Babies, of which “Sound Asleep for Babies” won the Classical Music Magazine’s Record of the Year award in 1993.

Adam Staines BA (Hons): Director of Chapel Music

Adam was born in Bury St Edmunds, he later held a Choral Scholarship at St Edmundsbury Cathedral and also began to learn the organ under David Humphreys. He graduated from the University of Leeds with an honours degree in Music, and the University of Buckingham with a Postgraduate Certificate of Education. Whilst at Leeds, he specialised in Performance and Analysis with a keen interest in Early Music. He also conducted the University Chamber Orchestra in his final year, and directed a vocal consort to win the University Chamber Music Competition. In addition to this, he held a Choral Scholarship at Leeds Cathedral, where he was also invited to conduct the Boys’ Choir on occasion; he was also asked to dep for Leeds Minster and Leeds College of Music. Adam has sung on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4, as a soloist for the Headingley Academy of Operatic Research, and for HRH The Prince of Wales. Adam has conducted a small choir alongside Bob Chilcott and Jonathan Willcocks at Salisbury Cathedral in a memorial service for David Willcocks in 2016.

More recently, Adam has been appointed a tutor on the Beauchamp Early Music Course, working closely alongside David Hatcher and Philip Thorby (Emeritus Professor Trinity Laban Conservatoire), conducting choirs and early music ensembles, and playing as répétiteur for soloists. In addition to this, Adam has sung at many places of prestigious choral heritage including, St Paul’s Cathedral, Gloucester Cathedral, Eton, Edington Priory, and Salisbury Cathedral. Adam is also a very keen composer, and specialises in choral composition; he has recently written a piece for Huw Williams (Director of Music, Bath Abbey) and the Choir of Bath Abbey.

Adam returns to Marlborough after teaching at St Mary’s Calne where he was responsible for teaching academic music to seven different year groups, directing two vocal ensembles and the school Big Band, coaching hockey, and occasionally playing organ for chapel.

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Ian Crabbe MA FRCO ARCM: Chapel Organist

Ian Crabbe was Organ Scholar at Clayesmore School, Dorset and later went on to Oxford to study Music at Magdalen College under Dr Bernard Rose and David Wulstan. Whilst at Magdalen, he accompanied the Chapel Choir on three LPs featuring the music of Stanford, Wood and Stainer as well as occasional broadcast Choral Evensongs on Radio Three. After obtaining a PGCE teaching certificate at Westminster College, he was appointed on to the staff of Lord Williams' School, Thame, where he taught music under the Director of Music, Robin Nelson. On leaving Thame, he spent 11 years as Head of Music at Chiltern Edge School, Sonning Common and was appointed Head of Keyboard Studies at Marlborough College in 1990.

Since arriving at the College he has held several roles, and in addition to being College Organist since 1996, he is now the Assistant Director of Studies and Database Manager. Having been born in Swindon, Ian has accompanied a variety of local groups on many occasions and, last May, accompanied the Swindon Choral Society in a major recording made in the Chapel of a wide range of choral music. He also played a significant role in the planning and rebuilding of the Chapel Organ in 2006.

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Marius Baldrey BMus: Music Technology and Accompanist

Marius was born in England but raised in the Zimbabwean bush on vast cattle ranches from the age of two. He began learning the piano aged eight at REPS boarding school in Bulawayo at the insistence of his mother, enduring the first year under the severe regime of the infamous 'Mrs Scott.'

Moving back to the UK after finishing secondary school at Plumtree High School on the Botswana border, Marius studied piano at the Birmingham Conservatoire under John Humphreys, followed by teacher training in Gloucestershire. Marius developed an interest in Music Technology whilst working at Herne Bay High School as HoD (Music) and has worked with rock and pop groups as a drummer, part-time vocalist and keyboardist.

He is also passionate about classical music and the piano repertoire in general, maintaining a busy performing schedule as an accompanist and occasional soloist. He performed Beethoven's 'Emperor' concerto with Tauranga Civic Orchestra in New Zealand during a recent extended working holiday there.

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James Bartlett: Graduate Music Assistant

James read music at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, where he held a choral scholarship and sang with Sidney Sussex College Choir and, on occasion, King’s College Choir, where he regularly deputised for services, concerts, and tours, and was a full-time member of the King’s Men. Originally from Pembrokeshire, he held a Junior Choral Scholarship at St Davids Cathedral alongside his time at Sir Thomas Picton School in Haverfordwest. Throughout his time at university, James sang with a number of London-based professional choirs, and with Ensemble Pro Victoria, Mousai, and the renowned early-music group Alamire.

A prize-winning pianist, James has performed at the Royal Albert Hall and on BBC Radio Wales, and performed Mozart’s Piano Concerto no.27 and Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto as part of the St Davids Cathedral summer concert series. He has worked widely as a musical director, conducting the Cambridge University Pops Orchestra as well as productions of Sweeney Todd, Spring Awakening, and an award-winning production of Rent. He has delivered close harmony workshops to Eton Choral Courses and the National Youth Choir of Great Britain.

Academic interests include opera and musical theatre, the notational conventions and peculiarities of 1470s Brussels, and the ethical and legal issues surrounding early hip-hop.

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Mrs A Brown BA: Music Secretary and PA to Artistic Director

After gaining a degree in History of Art and Anthropology at Oxford Brookes and a Personal Assistant’s Diploma, Amanda began work with a company who import specialist recorded music.  A year in Toronto, Canada followed, where Amanda worked in a variety of secretarial roles, principally with the provincial government.  On her return to the UK, family life began and Amanda was also involved in running one of the Marlborough College boarding houses.  After a number of years at home, she was employed by Age UK co-ordinating a team of volunteers across north Wiltshire and most recently has been working in the Admission Department at Marlborough College.

Amanda comes from a musical family and learned the piano and ‘cello. Her musical interests currently focus on singing and listening to live music.  She is married to Andrew, an organist, with one son reading for a music degree and another son whose interest is music technology. 

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