Pupils donate Christmas Hampers

Each year, the Christmas Hamper team collect gifts and donations from every boarding house in the school to make up hampers for the local Jubilee Centre. The Jubilee Centre is a community centre for over sixties in the area. It provides a day care service, including transport and covers villages around Marlborough. The centre also […]

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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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Review: Orchestral Concert

Sunday evening’s Orchestral Concert in the Memorial Hall was not a school concert. It was a concert. It showcased the kind of technical accomplishment for which one would hope (but not always get) from professionals, and left the audience delighted and uplifted. Some of its success was down to the details of presentation – the […]

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Pupils visit New Road Day Centre

In the first half of the Michaelmas term, the Charity Think Tank went to The New Road Day Centre in Marlborough to visit a charity that provides activities for people between the ages of 18-70 with learning disabilities. The charity relies entirely on donations and grants. With these generous donations, it is able to supply […]

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Review: Carol Services 2018

Following the exquisite Advent Carol services, the choir took a deep breath (quite literally) and, as is the norm, delivered four spectacular Christmas Carol Services over the final weekend of the marathon Michaelmas Term. As always, these are special occasions as we look forward to a well-deserved holiday, the joy of Christmas and the challenges, […]

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Review: Adolescent Mental Health by Dick Moore

‘Dancing not Drowning in the Rain’ On Thursday 29th November 29th Dick Moore delivered a poignant message to the Hundreds; simply, ‘Everyone is vulnerable to mental health problems. The only thing weak about being vulnerable is not asking for help’. (75% of the population will experience a mental or emotional disorder during their lifetime.) Dick’s […]

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Review: Peter Lavery: Circus Works Exhibition

Widely known for his highly skilled narrative works and acclaimed advertising photography, Peter Lavery has also been photographing circus performers throughout Britain for the last 50 years. Shot largely on a historic plate camera, Peter has captured an impressive and unique collection of circus subjects, which has become the longest running social documentary project within […]

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Review: Advent Celebration

Wednesday 28th November was a very special evening of linguistic and musical talent in a cross-departmental collaboration, showcasing the diverse talents and cultural appreciation of the pupils and staff of Marlborough in the befitting beauty of the Adderley. The sequential Advent readings were conveyed stylishly in Italian, Spanish, French, English, German, Russian, Mandarin, Japanese and […]

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Coaching Day for Local Schools

In the most recent of a series of sports opportunities for local schools, Mark Ramage (Master in Charge, Hockey) and his team of coaches recently led a hockey morning for 60 children in Years 4,5 and 6. The emphasis was very much on improving stick skills, spatial awareness in small-sided games and, primarily, enjoyment! It […]

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Review: Advent Carol Service

The annual Advent Carol Service, held this year on Sunday 25th November, is always very special. The Chapel is awash with candles and with the beautiful atmosphere created through the readings and prayers it takes one beyond the trials and tribulations of everyday life.  If you add the music to that which is such a […]

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Football legend visits Marlborough

Footballing legend Tony Adams visited the College on Tuesday 13th November, speaking to pupils about the highs and lows of his record-breaking career with Arsenal and England. He spoke as passionately as he used to play the game, reliving his early days as an apprentice before moving on to his battles with alcoholism. He also […]

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Review: Arcadia

The Ellis Theatre last week produced a truly remarkable production of Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia, directed by Jane Darby. A fully committed cast and crew worked tirelessly to produce characters of immense detail oscillating between action taking place over a two hundred year time span. This was beautiful work that was not only extremely witty – […]

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History of Art Presentations

The History of Art Department recently hosted two busy evenings dedicated to the Upper-Sixth pupils’ achievements in their Personal Investigations. This core element of Pre-U assessment takes the form of a long research essay on a topic chosen by the pupils, and is an opportunity for them to apply the analytical skills they have learned […]

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Review: Advanced Pupils’ Recital

The regular Advanced Pupils’ Recital, which is usually held in the Goodison Hall, transferred to the Memorial Hall as part of the special ten-day celebration and commemoration in honour of the 749 OMs and the hall itself. We were treated to a classy display of music making where Music Scholars and non-scholars alike performed alongside […]

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Gallery: Remembrance Day 2018

Marlborough College held a Remembrance Day service on Sunday 11th November, bringing to a close four years of Remembrance for those who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Great War. A moving Chapel service took place at 10.45am, including a Remembrance Homily given by The Senior Chaplain – The Reverend Tim Novis. Following the service […]

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Review: The OM War Poets

The talent and tragedy of the OM war poets is spoken of a lot within the school and for good reason. Charles Hamilton Sorley (C1 1908-15) and Siegfried Sassoon (CO 1902-04) pioneered a new genre of wartime poetry, poems that spoke less of the glory of sacrifice made for one’s country and more of the […]

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Prep Schools’ Art Day

Louise Moelwyn-Hughes, The Master; Julia Hodgson, Director of Admissions; Edward Twohig, Head of Art and I welcomed 15 Heads and Teachers of Art to our second event involving varied workshops, talks and informative discussions. We began within the Master’s Lodge, amongst an elegant exhibition of artworks forming part of the College’s new initiative Art@theLodge, recently […]

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Review: Brian Anderson’s illustrated talk

The Memorial Hall Festival has been many things but perhaps one of the most persuasive aspects has been its variety. Brian Anderson’s brilliant illustrated talk which traced Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ill-fated attempt to cross Antarctica in 1914 and the amazing icebound drama that followed, was a great example of that variety and utterly fascinating with […]

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Memorial Hall Festival Event Reviews

Thursday 1st November – Sunday 11th November ‘Celebrating and Remembering’ The Marlborough College Memorial Hall Festival 2018 included a spectacular line-up of events, lectures and concerts, celebrating the year in which the hall reopened following its £6.5 million refurbishment. In addition, the Festival brought to a close the College’s four years of commemorative First World War events. Event reviews: ‘Why commemorating the […]

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Review: Illumination 2018

Illumination, the pupil-led event that celebrates talent from across the College, was a memorable MemFest occasion for all involved. With great preparation evident in both presenters and performers, the audience was treated to a night of not only great talent, and sometimes great humour, but we were also reminded about the importance of positive mental […]

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