MCCS Concert – Southbank Sinfonia

Marlborough College Concert Series – Saturday 8th March 2020 Southbank Sinfonia with soloists: Tasmin Little and Philip Dukes Returning once again for their annual visit to Marlborough College, and after an intense and joyous few days making music with the pupils at the College, Southbank Sinfonia, conducted by the celebrated Simon Over (on his birthday!) performed […]

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Southbank Sinfonia: Orchestral and Ensembles Concert

Every year the arrival of the Southbank Sinfonia for their weekend of side-by-side performance and individual coaching brings a buzz and excitement to the music school. For the pupils, being taught by someone who is only a few years older and yet so passionate about and competent with their music-making can be inspirational. The concert […]

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Review: Celebration of the Individual

Tom Phelps (B1 Hu) reviews last Saturday’s ‘Celebration of the Individual Concert’, held in memory of Jamiroquai co-founder Toby Grafftey-Smith (B3 1984-89). When I joined the school, contemporary music performance was not a common occurrence. People very rarely practiced ‘rock’ music. It brings me a great sense of pride to be able to say that […]

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Beginners and Intermediate Concert

Following on from the Music Festival bonanza on Sunday, the Beginners and Intermediate informal recital offered a pleasing sequel and allowed a few lucky parents to attend that couldn’t make the ‘main event’. This concert is all about emerging talent and they are popular occasions. A few gems emerge in the process and it also […]

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Gallery: Music Festival 2020

It’s been six years since we programmed a Music Festival so we were certainly due for another one, and given the extraordinary success of the 2020 event it reminded us that this perhaps should be a more regular occurrence. Setting up the occasion is a mammoth task in terms of logistics, and it was a […]

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On Track for Success

The Music Technology department recently spent the day working in Resident Studios, a professional recording studio tucked away in Willesden, London with Producer Nick Trepka. The groups put down two tracks in the course of the day-long session; Iron Sky by Paolo Nutini and Ain’t Nobody Chaka Khan. The session also saw the students setting […]

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Liederabend: A Festival in Foreign Languages

“Music and poetry have a common domain, from which they draw inspiration and in which they operate: the landscape of the soul.  Together, they have the power to lend intellectual form to what is sensed and felt, to transmute both into a language that no other art can express.  The magic power that dwells in […]

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Pupils’ Evening Recital

In the second evening recital of the week, the main focus shifted to instrumentalists, although the concert did feature vocal soloists as well. Following on from the excellent Liederabend, proceedings moved from the Adderley to the Mem Hall which is a whole different experience for the listener. Intimacy was replaced by significant quantity in terms […]

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MCCS: Martin Roscoe

Martin Roscoe simply never disappoints with his virtuosity, musicality and well-conceived programming. The concert opened with the curious Fantasy in D minor by Mozart. The dulcet tones required in this mysterious work were immediately captured. Two well-loved impromptus by Schubert followed. The long lyrical phrases of no 3 in Gb major, D 899 soared over […]

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Wind Department Concert

For the last hurrah of the Michaelmas term, the considerable audience, who had braved a seasonably chilly night, were treated to another fine display of musical talent in the Memorial Hall. This was all the more remarkable given that of the 80 pupils involved, many had not only taken part in an orchestral concert a […]

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Review: Orchestral and Ensembles Concert

The major orchestral concert of the Michaelmas term was a colourful and spectacular occasion attended by a huge audience who clearly revelled in the experience.  There was much to savour. The performance began with a fusion of artistic content and style: Mr Meehan-Staines’ haunting composition Introduction for strings with a superimposed live reading of Tom […]

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Review: Live Lounge

The last Friday evening of November saw the Ellis Theatre transfigured into a wonderland of twinkling lights, sofas and drum risers for Live Lounge, an informal showcase evening for new writing, together with a few carefully chosen soul, funk and rock classics. The underground producer scene at Marlborough College has gone from strength to strength, […]

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Advent Carol Service

In the commercial fury of the run-up to Christmas the season of Advent is often subsumed, which is rather a shame because it is actually incredibly beautiful and no less significant. It is the time of expectant waiting in preparation for both the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas and the return of […]

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Review: Sheku and Isata Kanneh-Mason

Marlborough College Concert Series welcomed Sheku and Isata Kanneh-Mason to the Memorial Hall. The two most prominent members of a cross-genre dynasty of musicians, the Kanneh-Masons have graced the stages of the Barbican, Wigmore Hall, Sendesaal, as well as sharing stages with Sir Elton John, Clean Bandit, and appearing on The X Factor and Top […]

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Gallery: Pupils’ Evening Recital

Following on from the excellent Music Scholars’ Gala Concert at The Royal Academy of Music in London a few days earlier, our more local audience was treated to a roster of pretty much the same musicians in this concert but this time with a different choice of programme. The reasoning behind this was the need […]

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Gallery: Music Scholars’ Gala Concert

The annual Music Scholars’ Gala Concert is always a very special occasion and the 2019 concert at the Royal Academy of Music was certainly no exception. The event took place in the beautiful new Angela Burgess Recital Hall, and in a challenging programme the performers rose splendidly to the occasion. All manner of combinations of […]

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House Shout 2019

The House Shout Competition on Thursday 10th October 2019 celebrated College-wide talent, and fantastic community spirit. With brand new production in lighting and sound, it made for a very special and memorable occasion as we approach half-term. Welcoming Rebecca Cavill (Director of Music, St Mary’s Calne) to adjudicate the competition, she had the unenviable task […]

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Video: Lunchtime Concerts

Philip Dukes – Artistic Director – discusses the weekly lunchtime concerts that are held in the Goodison Hall, showcasing the range of musical talent at Marlborough College.

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Music Scholars’ Recital – Calne Festival

Once again, Marlborough College Music Scholars produced a remarkable feast of music at their annual appearance at the Calne Festival. It really was very good and talent was in abundance. Emily Ambrose (MO Hu) and Poppy McGhee (NC Re) opened proceedings with excellent precision and ensemble in Telemann’s Sonata in A minor for two recorders […]

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MCCS: Ensemble Bash

The second concert in the 2019/20 Marlborough College Concert Series was given by the colourful and engaging Ensemble Bash. Now in their 27th year together, they have delighted audiences across the globe with their innovative and ground-breaking performances, which remain as fresh and as exciting as ever. One could perhaps be forgiven for taking a […]

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Review: Advanced Pupils’ Recital

It’s only week four of the Michaelmas term and, true to form, the Music Department has its metaphorical foot to the floor. Thus far this term we’ve had three Lunchtime Recitals, three Chapel Services and the Compline Choir have been out to Down Ampney to sing at a service there. This week a visit from […]

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