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Review: May Day Madrigals

Category: Music, General, Community

It doesn't come much better than this: a glorious Spring morning (at last), a fine selection of May ditties from the excellent Chamber Choir and an appreciative and large crowd, all gathered in Court to celebrate May Day weekend.I've been fortunate enough to witness nine occasions such as this over... More »

Review: Sung Eucharist at St Paul’s

Category: Music, General, Trips

St Paul’s Cathedral is quite simply awe-inspiring.  Opened in 1708 and designed by Sir Christopher Wren, Christian worship has been offered there for 1400 years and the building remains an iconic landmark within the City of London and beyond.  It’s an intimidating place to perform. ... More »

Review: Vocal Masterclass

Category: Music

Choral music (and indeed singing in general) has enjoyed a long and distinguished tradition at Marlborough College.  Indeed, interest in this area remains at unprecedented levels and there is plenty of evidence to support that notion.  The Choirs are full to capacity and recent musicals,... More »

Review: Battle of the Bands

Category: Music, General, Community

On Sunday 17th April I was lucky enough to be asked to judge the second annual Battle of the Bands inter-house competition.  I say lucky, because this really was a very well organised, well attended and slickly run affair, augmented by some early summer sunshine and an enthusiastic and... More »

Review: Choral Society Concert

Category: Music, General, Events

The Dream of Gerontius - Sunday 13th March 2016 A European wisecrack once remarked that “there were no great English composers”.  An interesting remark.  Assuming we forgive him for forgetting the early masters such as Thomas Tallis, William Byrd, and Henry Purcell, and more recently... More »

Review: Anything Goes

Category: Music, General, Drama

Cole Porter’s Anything Goes is apparently one of the most popular musicals staged by colleges, schools and amateur companies across the world, and it's easy to see why. It's engaging, accessible and witty, and contains some persuasive (but tricky) musical numbers, which allows for the spirit and... More »

Review: Southbank Sinfonia

Category: Music, General, Events

It is always a pleasure to hear the sound of a young orchestra, full of youthful musicianship and integrity, passion and pride of place. Southbank Sinfonia, conducted by Simon Over produced a wonderfully balanced programme complemented by sensitive playing, expression, and a great sense of musical... More »

Review: Orchestral and ensembles concert

Category: Music, General, Events

The annual visit of the Southbank Sinfonia is hugely anticipated by all the students involved. For two days the side-by-side arrangement requires real commitment and concentration by all of the players. As strange as it seems, this does not appear to create exhaustion but rather lift the spirits... More »

Choir Workshop

Category: Music, General, Community

On Friday evening, we were delighted to welcome James Burton to Marlborough. A renowned conductor and singer, James directs Schola Cantorum of Oxford, and has worked extensively with the Hallé and at English National Opera. James led a workshop in Chapel with our newly formed Compline Choir, a... More »

Review: Evensong at Keble College

Category: Music

There is much lively debate concerning the architectural design of Keble College, Oxford.  To some, it is a red brick monstrosity, to others hallowed turf full of precious memories.  What is beyond conjecture, however, is the chapel: Butterfield’s 1876 splendid design provides an opulent... More »

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