Debating: The Joutes Oratoires

On Tuesday afternoon, our French debating team performed with distinction in the qualifying round of the 2019 Joutes Oratoires. With a place in the National Final at stake, they took to the lectern to win over the judges on the subject of the morality of meat-eating, the regrettable global dominance of the English language and […]

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EPQ Charity Golf Day

Charlie Purves (B1 L6) managed to organise a superb Charity Golf Day on Friday 8th February, as his Performance submission for the Extended Project Qualification. Despite soakingly wet conditions, some 32 invited golfers (including a Common Room four-ball) turned out to play 10 holes, which Charlie had constructed on his farm in Marden. The day was […]

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Review: ‘Artists’ Sketchbooks’ Exhibition

The Mount House Gallery welcomed visitors to the new ‘Artists Sketchbooks’ show on Friday 1st February, to open the second annual Visual Arts Week at Marlborough College. Diverse and captivating works by eight contemporary artists are currently being showcased. Their sketchbooks, being presented alongside the artists’ final works, give us a deeper personal understanding of […]

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Gallery: Harry Potter Night

On the evening of Thursday 7th February, the Memorial Library joined hundreds of other schools, libraries and bookshops across the country in celebrating Harry Potter Book Night; and plenty of Marlborough College Potter fans turned up to help us out. The Hogwarts Express steamed in to Platform 9¾, laden with goodies including Ferrero Rocher golden […]

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Review: Professor Anita Taylor

For the second event within Visual Arts Week at Marlborough College, we were privileged to have leading artist Professor Anita Taylor visit and give us a captivating talk titled ‘Creative Practice and the Importance of Drawing’. Anita is the Executive Dean of Fine Art at Bath School of Art & Design, Bath Spa University and […]

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Gallery: Careers Speed Dating

I found the ‘Career Speed Dating’ event an eye-opening experience. I think the fact that we were able to compare ourselves to the OM speakers was stimulating, as we are currently undergoing the same trials and tribulations they experienced. The dynamic pace of speed dating meant that any questions we wished to ask were straight […]

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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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NSPCC Number Day

Despite adverse weather conditions, we had nearly 600 pupils involved in the national NSPCC Number Day on Friday 1st February.  We haven’t taken part in NSPCC Number Day for a number of years and the Maths Department decided to bring it back again this year. Pupils were organised into their respective houses and they competed […]

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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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Parents’ Pastoral Conference

The College’s second Parents’ Pastoral Conference took place on Sunday 20th January 2019, as 125 parents attended a day of presentations and discussion. The theme was a shared commitment to supporting teenagers as they grew through adolescence into resilient and confident young people. After a welcome from the Master, Louise Moelwyn-Hughes, Lady Cayley spoke about […]

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Review: AS IF Comedy Collective

The new year is often an abstemious time for many of us, not least the Remove. Once they have committed to their own version of ‘dry January’ – abstaining from Haribo, fizzy drinks and discos – they can find themselves at something of a loss on a Saturday night.   Fortunately, the AS IF Comedy Collective were booked […]

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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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Parents’ Pastoral Conference this Sunday

Following the success of last year’s inaugural event, parents of ALL pupils in the Lower School have been sent an invitation for the forthcoming Parents’ Pastoral Conference on Sunday 20th January. This is being held in the Ellis Theatre and starts at 10.15am. Dick Moore is returning to talk about how parents can support the […]

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AS IF Comedy Collective

Remove pupils will get the chance to see the AS IF Comedy Collective in action on Saturday 12th January. The group first came to Marlborough last year to deliver their unique blend of improvisation, sketches and music. Formed originally when some of the members met as students at Exeter University, AS IF Comedy Collective has […]

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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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