Performing Arts

Marlborough enjoys an enviable reputation for excellence in the performing arts and continues to invest strongly in music and drama. Pupils are encouraged to be ambitious, to be involved and to develop their potential whether as actors or musicians.

The music and drama departments are housed in the purpose-built Hony Centre that was opened in 2001. The music teaching rooms here are soundproofed and designed to acoustically enhance a player's sound. An advanced keyboard lab contains a digital organ. There are two fully equipped drama classrooms as well as workshops for the manufacture of stage scenery.

The Music Technology classroom contains a 24 track digital recording studio with a fully automated digital mixing desk. In addition to a substantial rack of outboard equipment, the mixer incorporates the latest audio effects, editing and mastering plug-ins. This studio is linked to many other rooms in the Hony Centre by video, analogue tie-lines and a fibre-optic Digital Audio Network.

The Hony Centre contains two performance areas. The Ellis Theatre with its distinctive surrounding balcony can be converted into a variety of stage formats for the performance of music or drama. The Goodison Hall provides a smaller and more intimate environment for performance.

Other performance areas in the College include the Memorial Hall, a theatre and assembly space built in the neo-Classical style and with a capacity of about 800, and the Bradleian Theatre, orginially built between 1871 and 1873. The Bradleian was given a major face-lift in the 1990s and is now a modern and flexible drama workshop and theatre.