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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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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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: 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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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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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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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: BBC National Orchestra of Wales

A packed Memorial Hall witnessed a truly special concert given by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales on Sunday 4th November. The concert, which was not only part of the regular MCCS series, but also part of the Memorial Hall Festival 2018, was recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Excellent national publicity indeed […]

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Review: House Shout 2018

The much-anticipated House Shout on Thursday 11th October 2018 celebrated the strong community and talent of all pupils at Marlborough College and made for a special and memorable occasion. Welcoming back our adjudicator for this year, Maria Jagusz, proceedings began in electric form with the girls of Dancy, making their debut House Shout with a […]

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Review: MCCS Concert – John Lill

Where shall we start?  We could perhaps begin by saying that John Lill has given over 6,000 concerts in a very long and distinguished career, or maybe (and I quote) “I’m 74 now so I’m cutting back a bit these days, and I’m only going to tour Japan, China and Australia in the next few […]

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Gallery: House Harmony

Marlborough College House Harmony is an occasion to celebrate shared talent through team work. This year did not disappoint! Palpable anticipation filled the College as staff and pupils alike descended on the beautifully refurbished Memorial Hall on Thursday 4th October. Such a venue for this annual competition therefore required a similarly impressive adjudicator in the […]

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Music Scholars’ Gala Concert

One of the most exciting but challenging events in the College’s musical calendar is the annual Music Scholars’ gala concert held in London. It’s exciting in that, in the final analysis of performance we witness some truly talented young musicians, excelling in the delivery of the complex art of chamber music; challenging in that in […]

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