Recent College News

Review: Battle of the Bands

Category: Music, General, Community

The Battle of the Bands is now an established fixture, which heralds the beginning of the Summer Term to good effect.  There is a respectful and convivial atmosphere within the marquee in Court as pupils, staff, friends and family mingle to witness an eclectic mixture of songs all of which are... More »

Chamber Music Concert: St George’s Church

Category: Music, General, Community

The musical life at Marlborough was further enriched last Friday by an exciting new venture masterminded by our new Head of Strings, Mr Hector Scott. Twelve pupil musicians showcased their talents in a chamber music concert at St George’s Church, Preshute, a visually and acoustically appropriate... More »

May Day Madrigals

Category: Music, General, Community

To complement a rather damp, chilly but still morning, a reflective start in the key of G minor seemed entirely appropriate for the annual May Day Madrigals on the Bradleian arches.  The Choir is in excellent voice this year (even at 8am in the morning) and as the sunlight dawned during Jim... More »

Choral Evensong at St Paul's Cathedral

Category: Music, General, Community

Members of the Chapel Choir were privileged to return to St Paul's on Tuesday 25th April to sing Evensong, our third visit in as many years. The awe-inspiring building provides both rewards and challenges to singers: there's nothing quite like hearing a perfectly tuned 'Amen' sail around the... More »

The Chapel Webcasts

Category: Music

Over the course of this academic year, several recordings have been made of our Sunday Chapel services. We are proud to present some of the choir’s contributions, as part of the College’s ongoing mission and outreach, for the benefit and enjoyment of parents, OMs, friends of the College, and any... More »

Review: Jazz Evening

Category: Music, General, Pupil Achievements

Candlelit tables, low lighting and the welcoming smile of Dennis at the bar set the scene for the last hurrah of the musical term.  With strains of The Messiah still ringing in the ears of many Marlborough musicians (who, barely 48 hours previously, had taken part in a magnificent rendition of... More »

Choral Society Concert: Handel’s Messiah

Category: Music, General, Community

The Choral Society concert remains a glorious annual tradition: a celebration, a collaboration, participation from all corners (quite literally in this production which saw an interesting use of the Chapel in an ‘in the round performance’) and the result is something really marvellous.  This... More »

Video: Ensembles & Orchestral Concert

Category: Music, General, Pupil Achievements

As a member of the audience, it is always a wonderful treat to attend our annual side-by-side concert with the Southbank Sinfonia. As a Marlburian instrumentalist, it is a real privilege to play alongside some of the finest young professional musicians in the country. This wonderful opportunity... More »

Review: Bach Cantata BWV 150

Category: Music

Evening Prayer on Sunday 5th March took a slightly different format, with members of the Chapel Choir singing one of Bach’s earliest cantatas, accompanied by a small instrumental ensemble. Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich (For you, Lord, I long) is an extended work in seven movements for soloists and... More »

Compline for Ash Wednesday

Category: Music

On Wednesday 1st March at 9.10pm, the Chamber Choir and Compline Choir joined forces to sing a beautifully reflective, candlelit service of Compline for Ash Wednesday. The two groups are made up of the most senior and experienced members of the Chapel Choir, many of them former Cathedral... More »

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