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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Review: Music Society Recital

The Music Society events are informal internal occasions, which showcase a variety of musical mediums. In our latest offering, we welcomed back our quite brilliant Guitar Consultant, Clive Carroll: virtuoso, teacher and collaborative artist. Brilliant is an often overused adjective, but in this case, truly apt – Clive is just that and his performances are […]

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Review: MCCS – BBC Big Band

This past year has been a significant event in the life of the Memorial Hall and the Concert Series was thrilled to return to its regular home following the hall’s spectacular £6.5m refurbishment. Audiences are now greeted by a fresh, new, sophisticated and state of the art interior, which in the process of its renovation […]

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Vaughan Williams Festival 2018

Marlborough College’s Artistic Director Philip Dukes will be performing at the Vaughan Williams Festival over the August Bank Holiday in the Cotswold village of Down Ampney. Dukes, who has been with Marlborough College since 2008, is also Festival Director of what promises to be an enthralling four days of music making.“This year marks the 60th […]

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Review: End of Term Showcase Concert

At the end of a long Summer Term, in the glorious summer heat, the youngest two years at the College gave a concert of an incredibly diverse and eclectic programme. Set in the newly refurbished Memorial Hall – this was a prime opportunity for a dry-run concert before the official opening in order to try […]

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Orchestral & Ensembles Gala Concert

With the Saxophone Quartet providing a spirited introduction in the foyer of the Ellis Theatre, a capacity audience gathered for this summer’s Gala Concert, and what a feast of music was enjoyed!  Alongside beautiful playing, other impressive musical skills, including conducting and composing, added to a memorable celebration of style and musicianship from so many […]

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Vocal Masterclass

The annual Vocal Masterclass is always a special occasion. It’s special for lots of reasons: we welcome a distinguished vocalist, in this case Theresa Goble – Professor of Vocal Studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (and by the way, she was terrific from both a technical and an emotional perspective) – the […]

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May Day Madrigals

A musician’s life is kept fresh by contrast, diversity and breadth of experience. That’s true of young musicians too and it seems particularly apt when considering Chamber Choir members who, in the last couple of weeks, have performed in the cavernous acoustic of St Paul’s Cathedral, an intense Confirmation Service in Chapel and (still fresh […]

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Chamber Orchestra Concert

A 5pm (free) concert on a Friday at the end of a busy week featuring Brandenburg 3, a world première and a guitar concerto by Vivaldi in a beautiful church with a lush acoustic – sounds perfect doesn’t it? Well, to put it simply, it was. Head of Strings, Hector Scott is developing something very […]

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