Evensong Review: St George’s Chapel, Windsor

It would be hard to find a more persuasive venue for the Chapel Choir’s latest ‘away’ evensong than the awesome surroundings of St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.   The College of St George was founded there in 1348 and has fulfilled its vocation to offer prayer to God in that place ever since.  The impressive […]

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Southbank Sinfonia Residency Review

This superb concert marked the end of a two-day residency of 18 members of the Southbank Sinfonia. From an educational point of view, a residency like this makes a lot of sense. Playing with professional musicians is a really rich learning experience and the youthful and charismatic Southbank Sinfonia players make compelling role models. Furthermore, […]

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Choral Workshop and Organ Recital

Eminent musicians visiting the College are now very much a regular occurrence and the latest such visitor was the distinguished Organist and Master of the Choristers at Wells Cathedral, Matthew Owens.   His first duty was to conduct a choral workshop with the 70 strong College Chapel Choir, and what a treat they enjoyed. Owens is […]

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Review: Music Festival

The biennial Music Festival Competition duly took place on Sunday 19th January and once again proved a highly popular and worthwhile event with participation from pupils of all ages and stages. In total there were 26 classes ranging through junior, intermediate, senior and advanced levels spanning the mediums of strings, woodwind, brass, percussion, singing and […]

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Review: Christmas Concert

A review of the Woodwind, Brass and Percussion Department Christmas Concert… At the end of a mammoth term, both in length and in musical content we were treated to one ‘last hurrah’ and true to form this event didn’t disappoint.   Under the eagle eye (and direction) of Departmental Head, Alex Arkwright, this was a concert […]

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Review: Advent Carol Service

A spectacular venue; a sense of history and tradition; a dark, cold and damp evening; the written and spoken word; the candlelight; the time of year; and, for many, the worship of, and a sense of, something beyond. Separately these are important, but the glue that bound them together on Wednesday evening was a stunning […]

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Review: Orchestral Concert

A packed Ellis Theatre greeted the String Chamber Orchestra, with obbligato soloists Savannah Brown, Eleanor Bonney and Ben Christopher for the eleventh concerto from Vivaldi’s L’Estro Armonico. The opening dialogue of arpeggios was in safe hands with Savannah and Eleanor, and this confident start was maintained throughout the piece, with remarkable ensemble playing from what is […]

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Review: Evening Recital

In a term which has already featured so many performances from leading Music Scholars, this was a marvellous opportunity to listen to other non-scholars, albeit including some Scholars playing second study instruments. This led to an intriguing mix of age, stage and repertoire, with some truly notable, courageous and expressive performances throughout. Luke Smith (CO […]

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BBC Live Broadcast

BBC National Orchestra of Wales To hear an interview from the concert with Philip Dukes please click here to visit BBC iPlayer(forward to 59 minutes). For the third concert of the MCCS we were delighted to welcome the BBC National Orchestra of Wales to the Memorial Hall on Sunday, 3 November 2013.  The event was given […]

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Music Scholars’ Concert in New York

The highlight of the Music Scholars’ trip to the USA during the half term holiday of the Michaelmas Term 2013 was the recital at the Shawnee Playhouse and at the Kosciuszko Foundation in New York City.   Having preceded both concerts with a trio of informal foyer concerts at the hotel, the Music Scholars delivered […]

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House Shout

With the House Shout in a new format, the Mem Hall was buzzing with excitement at 5.15 pm as the Girls and Mixed Houses took to the stage.  Littlefield provided a great start to the competition singing Jerk it Out by The Caesars. Imaginatively presented in the house colours of red, white and black, it […]

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Helena Mackie National Youth Orchestra Place

Congratulations to Helena Mackie (MO Re) on achieving a place in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain on oboe. This is a fantastic achievement and highly commendable in that very few oboists can be selected. In addition, as the age limit is 19, Helena has done particularly well given she is still in the […]

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Music Scholars Gala Concert

It was with a buzz of excitement that 24 Music Scholars and seven staff travelled to The Royal Over-Seas League in the heart of London to showcase the extraordinary talent and high calibre of music-making at Marlborough. The Master and Mr Dukes welcomed an enthusiastic audience to The Princess Alexandra Concert Hall, which was packed […]

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Opportunity to hear Music Scholars in New York

The Marlborough College Music Scholars will shortly embark on a tour to the US.  All parents and OMs are most welcome to attend a performance at the Kosciuszko Foundation in New York on Thursday 24th October. The Scholars recently played to a capacity audience at the prestigious Royal Over-Seas League in London, in preparation for […]

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Freddy Kempf Recital Review

24 years ago, the College purchased a beautiful new Steinway Concert Grand, which has graced the Memorial Hall stage ever since, providing listeners with hours of pleasure in the process.  Perhaps not surprisingly after such use, the piano has come to the end of its life in this context and following a recent fundraising campaign […]

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Music Scholars Recital at the The Merchant’s House

A traditional curtain raiser to the musical events of the academic year at the College is a September ‘dry run’ recital for Scholars in preparation for the annual Music Scholars Gala Concert in London in October.  Over the years this preliminary gig has taken place within the College or in local venues and has proved […]

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Sacconi Quartet – Sunday 15th September 2013

To begin the 72nd season the Marlborough College Concert Series presented the Sacconi String Quartet in a varied programme of music by Haydn, Benjamin Britten and Beethoven.  The Sacconis are a young quartet on the rise and on this performance it’s easy to see why.  Brimming with sparkle, energy and fizz this was a performance […]

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Savannah Brown plays with the NYO for the 2013 Proms

During the summer Savannah Brown (MO) Upper Sixth Music Scholar played in the 2013 National Youth Orchestra Proms which is being televised on Friday 6th September 2013 having been promoted to the second desk of first violins. She was also chosen to play with a smaller orchestra at the Queens Coronation Festival Gala in which she performed […]

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Jazz at Calne Festival – Review

Another regular ‘slot’ for musicians from Marlborough College is an annual appearance at the Calne Festival in the intimate and attractive setting of Marden House.  This year the jazzers took centre stage and under the inspirational direction of Hayley Lambert (saxophone guru) the appreciative and engaged audience were treated to an impressive display of truly […]

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