Recent College News

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 »

Review: Evening Pupils’ Recital

Category: Music

A shorter (but not short on quality) recital rounded off the first quarter of this even shorter term to excellent effect.  Virtually all performers on display were Music Scholars (and the few who weren’t might as well be) and as a consequence, this was a classy display of music making both in... More »

Review: Liederabend

Category: Academic, General, Music

The Liederabend on Tuesday evening was once again a magnificent evening of European song and, now in its ninth year, another very successful collaboration between the Modern Languages and Music Departments.Twenty of some of the finest continental songs were performed by singers from the Shell to... More »

Review: Tasmin Little & Martin Roscoe

Category: Music

Some years ago, I had the pleasure of hearing Tasmin Little in a performance at the BBC Proms.  What I heard was compelling in every sense:  musically, emotionally and technically an artist of huge personality and stature, an artist with a gift to communicate and engage at the very... More »

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