Music

Philip Dukes appointed Savannah Music Festival Artistic Advisor

Philip Dukes, Artistic Director at Marlborough College, has been announced as the new Savannah Music Festival USA, Artistic Advisor (Chamber Music). He will take over from violinist Daniel Hope, who this year will see out his 16th and final season as Associate Artistic Director. For the 2020 season, he will be succeeded by the violist/conductor […]

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Review: Rock and Pop Concert

After the success of the musical, Cabaret, and the uplifting performance in Chapel of Elijah there was still one more musical treat in store for the Lent term, and what a fabulous evening it was. The inaugural Rock and Pop Concert was held on the last night of term – a more informal and relaxed […]

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Choral Society Concert – Elijah

Mendelssohn’s Elijah remains a musical tour de force – no question. Imagine the impact it must have made on the Birmingham public back in 1846 on its première in the exquisite Town Hall, with the composer himself directing proceedings. One hundred and seventy three years later, it still sounds fresh and uplifting, and in no […]

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Ensembles & Orchestral Concert with Southbank Sinfonia

The annual visit from Southbank Sinfonia to the College is always a real treat, and this year was no exception. What an incredible experience the students receive when they have the opportunity to play side by side a professional orchestra for rehearsals, one-to-one tuition, and a concert. Opening with The Cat Suite & Another Cat, […]

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Review: Beginners and Intermediate Concert

The inaugural Beginners and Intermediate Concert scheduled for Wednesday 13 February was so popular amongst performers eager to display their considerable talents that in the end, we had to split the concert over two nights (Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th February).  They were most encouraging and uplifting occasions revealing a wealth of hidden talent across […]

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Review: Pupils’ Evening Recital

This event, hosted by the Music Department, gives pupils the vehicle in which to perform pieces they are currently working on in a more formal environment, set in the wonderful acoustic of the Memorial Hall. Jason Kellinger (C3 L6) opened the evening with a bright and lively performance of Flor Peeters’ Sonata for trumpet, 1st […]

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Review: Liederabend

The wonderfully appropriate setting of the Adderley (architecturally inspiring and acoustically supportive) played host on Tuesday night to the annual soirée of “art song” – a collaboration between the Modern Languages and Music Departments – otherwise known as the “Liederabend”. The venerable soprano Lotte Lehmann gave the following advice to singers on the subject of […]

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Review: Marlborough College Concert Series

Marlborough College Concert Series – Sunday 20 January 2019 Jennifer Pike (violin) with Jeremy Pike (piano) In 2002, I was privileged to be a member of the jury on BBC Young Musician of the Year when we awarded the coveted first prize to the 12-year-old violinist Jennifer Pike. I remember thinking at the time that, […]

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Lent Term Music

Once again there is a packed schedule of events including a range of pupil performances, Chapel services, lunchtime recitals, choral concerts and the Marlborough College Concert Series. Two particular events of note are the production of the musical Cabaret, which runs from 20 – 23 March, and the visit of the College’s professional orchestra in […]

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Review: Wind Department Concert

It’s fairly common knowledge that brass playing in the College is going through something of a purple patch, or perhaps even platinum. We have a very strong set of Upper School trumpets, trombones and saxophones, and two budding young tuba players, and it manifests itself in some pretty special playing. There was no better example […]

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