Recent College News

Chamber Choir at Highclere

Category: Music

The Chamber Choir were delighted to perform at a reception at Highclere Castle yesterday evening. This was the first performance given by this Lower Sixth group, newly-formed for the forthcoming academic year. Singing light-hearted works, including old close-harmony favourites 'Blue Moon' and... More »

Review: Orchestral & Ensembles Concert

Category: Music, General, Events

This is always the most moving concert of the year as we say goodbye to the leavers who have put in years of hard work and dedication. Sporting their traditional red rose and standing for their individual ovation, they sum up what it is to be a Marlburian! The evening began with the Master cutting... More »

1843 Society Luncheon

Category: Events, General, Music

The 1843 Society Luncheon was held in The Adderley on Sunday 22nd May with 50 guests in attendance.Those present enjoyed an excellent lunch before hearing from the Master, Jonathan Leigh, and the President of the 1843 Society, Martin Evans. Music scholars Finn Kverndal (C1 Re) and Darcey Goble (MM... More »

Review: Jazz Evening

Category: Music

What a very delightful Jazz Evening we were all treated to - the smoky black that the ensembles were all dressed in oozed jazzy finesse and cool and what we saw was as brilliant as what we went on to hear.  The students' enjoyment of playing and participating radiated out of them and was just... More »

Review: Choral Evensong

Category: Music, General, Community

Sunday 8th May 2016This was an ambitious and original undertaking, in which the ranks of the Chapel Choir were swelled by Old Marlburians and visiting singers from Lambrook School and the Children’s Choir of St. John the Divine, Kennington. Conducting duties were shared between Alex Hodgkinson,... More »

Lizzie wins ABRSM Gold Award

Category: Pupil Achievements, Music

Congratulations to Lizzie Daniels (U6 IH) who was awarded a Gold Award by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) for gaining an exceptional result in her Grade 8 singing exam.  Gold Awards recognise the few entrants each year who attain the highest marks in the country... More »

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 »

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