19th College ERGO competition

The 19th College ERGO competition was as busy as ever with some 90 pupils competing over the five hours available.  The New Gym proved a splendid and inspiring venue and a corner was set aside for three machines. The location encouraged both competitors and supporters. This was a year of outstanding Girls’ scores. Though no […]

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Review: May Day Madrigals

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 the years but I […]

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Review: Sung Eucharist at St Paul’s

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.  Indeed, the large regular boys’ choir are trained to sing […]

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Review: Dr Alessandro Mottura

Birmingham University’s Dr Alessandro Mottura, a Lecturer in Physical Metallurgy, visited Marlborough to speak about Science and Engineering on Thursday 21st April. He studied Engineering at Imperial College, London, before moving to UCSB to carry out his post-doctoral research. He now specializes in the computer modelling of advanced alloys. In his talk he focused on the […]

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Review: Vocal Masterclass

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, choral presentations, recitals (and more besides) indicate the future is […]

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History and the Arts Society

The History and the Arts Society continued its programme of trips on Sunday 24th April with a visit to two ‘Imagined Worlds’ – Old Wardour Castle and Stourhead Garden. The idea was that we should explore two fantastical landscapes, whose creation was driven by contrasting dreams: chivalry (in the case of the castle), and classical […]

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House Clay Pigeon Shooting

The Littlefield team, consisting of Jamie Quinn (LI U6), Ollie Phelps, Will Heard (LI U6) and Stuart Newton-Tyers (LI U6) captured the House Clay Pigeon Shooting title on Sunday 24th April, beating C3 by two points.   The High Gun title was won by Jamie Quinn (LI U6) with a fine score of 23/25. The girls’ competition […]

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County Championships

Marlborough riders made their mark on Sunday 24th April with a series of successes across the region. Marlborough finished in third place in Sunday’s County Championships with Nell Hargrove (IH Re), Imo Brook (MM Re), Innes Casini (MM Re) and Daisy Mitford-Slade (MM Re) finishing third in the 1m class. This was an excellent achievement, not only for getting to the Championships but […]

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London Exhibitions

History of Art students in the Lower Sixth took the chance to catch on Thursday 21st April three important exhibitions currently showing in London.  The first is the “Botticelli Reimagined” exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, the second, the “In the Age of Giorgione” at the Royal Academy, and the third the “Delacroix” exhibition […]

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Cricket: Mark Alleyne

Former England international Mark Alleyne is in his first term as Cricket Professional and here he outlines his thoughts on pre-season training, developing players and aims for the future… Having done around 30 pre-seasons in this country, the weather has been quite typical! We did have some rain showers which curtailed some training sessions and […]

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Report: National Hockey Finals

The Colts 1st XI Hockey team claimed fourth place at the U16 Nationals Finals, held over Wednesday and Thursday at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on the Olympic Park. The team got off to the best possible start, edging a closely contested game against Reed’s 2-1 on Wednesday morning, with Isaac Hocking (C1 Hu) and Tom […]

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Review: Ione Wells

Martha Cotterell (CO L6), Tatiana Farquhar (NC L6) and Lottie Brousse (MO L6) review the Personal Safety talk by Ione Wells (EL 2008-13), held on Wednesday 20th April, as part of the Upper Sixth programme… An evening out. A few drinks. Catching the last tube home. A short walk. You turn onto your street. Footsteps […]

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Review: Jeremy Hunter

On 19th April 2016, Marlborough College was lucky enough to welcome Jeremy Hunter to give a presentation regarding his 10-day expedition to North Korea in 2011.  Hunter is a world-renowned photojournalist who has captured images exploring the lives and cultures all around the world. His successful career began in advertising and he became more interested […]

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Review: Super Sunday

Under glorious sunshine hundreds of members of the Marlborough College community converged on Court for the school’s very own ‘Super Sunday’ – a jamboree of music, stalls and family fun. House rock groups went head-to-head in the ‘Battle of the Bands’, a chance for some of the school’s musicians to take to the stage and […]

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Review: Ione Wells

On Wednesday the Upper Sixth had the pleasure of listening to Old Marlburian Ione Wells (EL 2007-2013) speak on the topic of personal safety.  Ione was the subject of an assault in April last year, which took place on the very street where she lives in London. As a result, she has taken a keen […]

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Review: Battle of the Bands

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 encouraging audience.   The format of interspersing […]

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Rugby Tonight Feature

Marlborough pupils appeared on BT Sport’s live rugby magazine show ‘Rugby Tonight’ on Monday 18th April.  The young players were joined by Master in Charge of Rugby, Budge Pountney, himself a former Scotland captain, for the evening. It was a varied and entertaining edition with the boys assisting England World Cup winner Ben Kay and […]

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National Schoolgirls’ Fives Championships

The College hosted the National Schoolgirls’ Fives Championships this weekend.  We went into the event with high hopes in the U16s and U14s. Rosie Sykes (EL Sh) came closest to a trophy – she beat fellow Marlburian Kirsten Bell (MO Sh) in a nail-biting semi, and came away with a silver medal as runner-up, emulating the achievement of her […]

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Shooting Team Success

For the second year running, the College full-bore shooting team was triumphant in the first school match of the season at Bisley – The Malvern Cup – on Saturday 16th April.  Shooting at 300 yards, and then again at 600 yards, in bitterly cold wind, two competitions were held, one for a team of three […]

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OM Briefing to U6

Undergraduate OMs Libby Adam (NC 2009-14), Freddie Cussans (B1 2008-13), Oliver Quie (LI 2008-13), Charlotte Wilson (EL 2008-13) and Walker Zupp (B1 2012-14) were back at Marlborough on Wednesday 13th April. They gave personal insights into university life which were priceless, as fine details about handling student finances and choosing accommodation are not things which […]

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Review: Professor Geoff Quilley

On the first full evening of term, Professor Quilley, an expert on British Art of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and former Curator of Paintings at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, addressed the History of Art Society on the subject of Art and Empire.  Professor Quilley explained how the colonial enterprise of the time […]

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