The Memorial Hall Festival 2018

Thursday 1st November – Sunday 11th November ‘Celebrating and Remembering’ The Marlborough College Memorial Hall Festival 2018 includes a spectacular line-up of events, lectures and concerts, celebrating the year in which the hall reopened following its £6.5 million refurbishment. In addition, the Festival brings to a close the College’s four years of commemorative First World War events. Programme of Events ‘Why commemorating […]

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Review: MCCS Concert – John Lill

Where shall we start?  We could perhaps begin by saying that John Lill has given over 6,000 concerts in a very long and distinguished career, or maybe (and I quote) “I’m 74 now so I’m cutting back a bit these days, and I’m only going to tour Japan, China and Australia in the next few […]

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Gallery: House Harmony

Marlborough College House Harmony is an occasion to celebrate shared talent through team work. This year did not disappoint! Palpable anticipation filled the College as staff and pupils alike descended on the beautifully refurbished Memorial Hall on Thursday 4th October. Such a venue for this annual competition therefore required a similarly impressive adjudicator in the […]

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Music Scholars’ Gala Concert

One of the most exciting but challenging events in the College’s musical calendar is the annual Music Scholars’ gala concert held in London. It’s exciting in that, in the final analysis of performance we witness some truly talented young musicians, excelling in the delivery of the complex art of chamber music; challenging in that in […]

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Review: Music Society Recital

The Music Society events are informal internal occasions, which showcase a variety of musical mediums. In our latest offering, we welcomed back our quite brilliant Guitar Consultant, Clive Carroll: virtuoso, teacher and collaborative artist. Brilliant is an often overused adjective, but in this case, truly apt – Clive is just that and his performances are […]

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Review: MCCS – BBC Big Band

This past year has been a significant event in the life of the Memorial Hall and the Concert Series was thrilled to return to its regular home following the hall’s spectacular £6.5m refurbishment. Audiences are now greeted by a fresh, new, sophisticated and state of the art interior, which in the process of its renovation […]

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Vaughan Williams Festival 2018

Marlborough College’s Artistic Director Philip Dukes will be performing at the Vaughan Williams Festival over the August Bank Holiday in the Cotswold village of Down Ampney. Dukes, who has been with Marlborough College since 2008, is also Festival Director of what promises to be an enthralling four days of music making.“This year marks the 60th […]

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Review: End of Term Showcase Concert

At the end of a long Summer Term, in the glorious summer heat, the youngest two years at the College gave a concert of an incredibly diverse and eclectic programme. Set in the newly refurbished Memorial Hall – this was a prime opportunity for a dry-run concert before the official opening in order to try […]

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Orchestral & Ensembles Gala Concert

With the Saxophone Quartet providing a spirited introduction in the foyer of the Ellis Theatre, a capacity audience gathered for this summer’s Gala Concert, and what a feast of music was enjoyed!  Alongside beautiful playing, other impressive musical skills, including conducting and composing, added to a memorable celebration of style and musicianship from so many […]

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Vocal Masterclass

The annual Vocal Masterclass is always a special occasion. It’s special for lots of reasons: we welcome a distinguished vocalist, in this case Theresa Goble – Professor of Vocal Studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (and by the way, she was terrific from both a technical and an emotional perspective) – the […]

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May Day Madrigals

A musician’s life is kept fresh by contrast, diversity and breadth of experience. That’s true of young musicians too and it seems particularly apt when considering Chamber Choir members who, in the last couple of weeks, have performed in the cavernous acoustic of St Paul’s Cathedral, an intense Confirmation Service in Chapel and (still fresh […]

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Chamber Orchestra Concert

A 5pm (free) concert on a Friday at the end of a busy week featuring Brandenburg 3, a world première and a guitar concerto by Vivaldi in a beautiful church with a lush acoustic – sounds perfect doesn’t it? Well, to put it simply, it was. Head of Strings, Hector Scott is developing something very […]

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Choral Society Concert

A new era, a new dawn and certainly a bright one. Enter Adam Staines, Marlborough College’s new Choirmaster and therefore ex officio conductor of Choral Society. By watching him and indeed, listening to his direction of the postponed Lent choral concert in Chapel, the future of this long-standing tradition is in very good hands indeed. […]

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Review: Evensong at St Paul’s Cathedral

I’ve been to St Paul’s Cathedral a few times, in fact I’ve performed there too which gives me an advantage in writing a meaningful review.  I vowed I would never mention myself in a review but in this context it helps to emphasise the enormity of what Choirmaster Adam Staines and his team achieved in […]

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Battle of the Bands

Now in its fourth year, the ‘Battle of the Bands’ is firmly established as a co-curricular event of note. The standard is high and whilst there is a good atmosphere of healthy competitiveness, there isn’t quite the heady intensity of the House Shout, which is a good thing. By kind permission of The Master, this […]

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Review: Jazz Evening

One of the more informal occasions of the musical year is the highly popular Jazz Evening. After a whirlwind (quite literally with our friend ‘the beast from the east’) Lent Term of musical events, this is a chance for parents, staff and pupils to enjoy a convivial evening and relax, to the tune of some […]

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Marlborough College Concert Series: Craig Ogden

The fourth concert in the 2017/18 series was given by virtuoso guitarist, Craig Ogden. ‘Virtuoso’ is a big word, and often overused but in this case, entirely justified. The precision with which Ogden plays is electrifying – in fact if you factor into that the balance, voicing, intonation, rubato and consummate command of the instrument […]

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Review: Stephen Hough (MCCS)

Marlborough College Concert Series promises to promote ‘world-class musicians at affordable prices’. The opening recital of the 2017/18 series provided just that: for just £20 (which included a complimentary glass of Mionetto Prosecco and a free programme) the sell-out capacity audience was treated to some extraordinary artistry from the eminent pianist Stephen Hough. The concert […]

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Review: Chamber Choir Concert – Ramsbury

Taking Marlborough College music out into our local community is important for so many reasons, not least because the public can witness for themselves the array of talent that exists within the Music Department.   The Chamber Choir’s concert at Holy Cross Church, Ramsbury was a perfect demonstration of just that, in a programme of immense […]

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Review: Orchestral and Ensembles Gala Concert

The final large-ensembles concert of the academic year inevitably evokes a combination of joy and sadness. Friday evening’s concert showed exactly that; it was a celebration of the incredible standard of music-making that goes on week in week out at the College, as well as a chance to thank and bid farewell to our departing […]

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