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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End of Year Shell Showcase Concert

The end of year Shell Showcase Concert on Thursday 27 June was an outstanding event.  It was truly inclusive in so much as there was a wide range of ensembles on display (saxophone, percussion, Junior Strings, Junior Singers) and exclusive in that it showcased some of our very fine Music Scholars as solo instrumentalists.  An […]

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Evening Pupils Recital

The final formal Evening Recital of the year took place in the Goodison Hall on a warm June evening and was a perfect conclusion to the 2012/13 musical year. Featuring a number of leading Music Scholars, including Georgia Gibson (EL Sh), Lara Feather (MM Re), Emily Venn (MM L6) and Savannah Brown (MO L6), we were treated to an eclectic […]

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Music Technology Recital

The annual Music Technology ‘Recital’ was once again an event with a difference, and all quite refreshing. Gone were the conventional seating arrangements and lighting and in their place, a relaxed vibe of bean bags, boxes of chocolates and the odd glass of wine for those allowed to indulge. The result was all very agreeable […]

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Orchestral, Ensembles & Soloists Concert

A large audience gathered in the Memorial Hall on Friday evening for the final major concert of the school year. With the theme as “Music from the films”, there was much to entertain and stir the soul and a memorable anniversary to mark. Brasser, conducted by Alex Arkwright, opened the evening with the theme from Mission […]

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May Day Madrigals

After the atrocious weather conditions of 1st May 2012 when all and sundry retreated to the Chapel for the annual madrigals, the contrast this year could not have been greater. A glorious sunny day was already in full swing as the Chamber Choir took to the Bradleian Arches to deliver a varied programme of traditional […]

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Marlborough College Choral Society: Choral Concert

The final musical event of the Lent Term was the annual Choral Society concert held as usual in Chapel, featuring two exquisite works, one by Dvorak and one by Brahms. The first work was the lesser known of the two, namely Dvorak’s Te Deum, and this provided the perfect curtain raiser to Brahms’ fabulous German […]

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Music Scholar Recital

In the plethora of musical events packed into the 2013 Lent term, five leading College Music Scholars gave a recital at the Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, as part of their lunchtime recital series.  The theatre is large and the acoustic is dry, but the Scholars acquitted themselves very well in front of an audience of just […]

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Organ Recital Series

The Lent Term organ recitals began at the end of January with a recital by the College Organist, Ian Crabbe. I doubt that there is a better organist in any other school in the country. The highlight for me was his opening piece – the great Fantasia and Fugue in G minor by JS Bach. […]

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Evening Pupils’ Recital

A packed Goodison Hall (supplemented by visiting pupils from Marlborough College Malaysia) witnessed another mesmerising display from leading College musicians, many of whom were top Music Scholars, producing true and impressive performances throughout. The repertoire was beautifully eclectic, not only demonstrating the ability of pupils to tackle such a diverse range of styles but also […]

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Choral Evensong at Winchester Cathedral

The Chapel Choir visited Winchester Cathedral this term to perform choral evensong.  Winchester Cathedral. On approach, Winchester Cathedral is a rather curious, almost bland building, with the squat central tower, but once inside, one is treated to an Aladdin’s cave of architectural interest and history. The cathedral boasts the largest mediaeval nave in Europe and […]

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Savannah Brown ABRSM Diplomas

Congratulations to Lower Sixth Music Scholar Savannah Brown (MO) in achieving a Diploma from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in both saxophone and violin. To achieve such an award in one discipline whilst still at school is considered remarkable, but on two is truly exceptional. The added bonus was that the saxophone Diploma […]

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Ensembles and Orchestra Gala Concert with Southbank Sinfonia

Now in its fifth season, the two day residency at Marlborough College of members of the College’s professional orchestra in partnership, London’s Southbank Sinfonia, has acquired an excellent reputation amongst members of the College community and local members of the public.  Consequently almost every seat in the Memorial Hall was taken for the eagerly anticipated […]

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Southbank Sinfonia Chamber Concert

A highlight of the Southbank Sinfonia residency is the chamber music recital given by a variety of Southbank Sinfonia ensembles, always to a packed Goodison Hall. That concert this year opened with Five Dances by Mozart, which was the perfect curtain raiser and performed with polish and sensitivity.  The Poulenc Duo that followed was a […]

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MCCS: Southbank Sinfonia Concert with Julian Bliss

The Marlborough College Concert Series 2012/13 season came to a triumphant close with a performance by Marlborough College’s professional orchestra in partnership, London’s Southbank Sinfonia. A regular feature in the series over the last five years or so (and in the College’s musical calendar too) they bring a youthful and refreshing zest to the series, […]

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MCCS: Joanna MacGregor

The fourth recital in the 2012/13 Marlborough College Concert Series was given by the eminent British pianist Joanna MacGregor. Very much a household name both at home and abroad, MacGregor is a musician of exceptional versatility and vitality. Not content with a ‘standard’ solo career, she has broadened her musical horizons far beyond the norm […]

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Carol Services Review

Attending my first three Carol Services, in addition to the magical candlelit Advent Carol Service, was pure pleasure. Conducted by Philip Dukes, the Choir rose to the occasion hugely. With an atmosphere imbued by the strong presence of the Chaplain, positive participation from successive congregations and universally well-pitched and paced readings, the reputation of Marlborough’s […]

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Wind Department Concert

The annual Woodwind, Brass and Percussion Department Christmas Concert is always a joyous affair, in part because it marks the conclusion to a long and busy term of music making, but mainly because it features such a sparkling array of talent, both in an individual and collective capacity. The concert in the Memorial Hall on […]

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Advent Carol Service Video

Tradition preserved and the season of Advent duly marked in classic style by the annual Advent Carol service in Chapel. An ever popular occasion within the College community, the Chapel looked resplendent, decorated with a thousand candles, creating a magical atmosphere for the choir to express themselves under Director of Chapel Music, Simon Taranczuk. Mr […]

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