Art Department – Review and Preview

A torrent of visual creation sums up this Michaelmas term at Marlborough. Embellished a bit more, “con brio” (liveliness and energy) and “con spirito” (with spirit), to borrow from musical analogy, springs immediately to mind. I am writing this on the evening of Sunday 10th December; there were 74 pupils in the Art School from […]

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Rob Wakely – Celebration of 40 Years at Marlborough

Having joined Marlborough in September 1978, Robert Wakely completed 40 years as Rackets Professional in 2018. A celebration was held on Sunday 2nd December in recognition of his four decades of distinguished service. Between 70 and 80 Old Marlburians, fellow Rackets Professionals and friends from the wider Rackets community were present to mark the occasion […]

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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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Pupils visit New Road Day Centre

In the first half of the Michaelmas term, the Charity Think Tank went to The New Road Day Centre in Marlborough to visit a charity that provides activities for people between the ages of 18-70 with learning disabilities. The charity relies entirely on donations and grants. With these generous donations, it is able to supply […]

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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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Exhibition of Icelandic Paintings

Presently, within the New Craftsman Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall, Jonathan Parnham, Head of Visual Arts Promotion and Teacher of Art at Marlborough College, is exhibiting his latest collection of paintings. The show, titled ‘Light from the North: Visual Explorations of Iceland’ originated through Mr Parnham joining a College excursion to the extraordinary Nordic island, to […]

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Review: Talk by Peter Lavery

Marlburians and members of the College community were very lucky to hear one of Britain’s most eminent and skilled photographers, Peter Lavery, give a talk at the College about his inspiring career within the world of art and photography, including his most important personal project‘Circus Works’. Peter introduced the audience to his unique portfolio of […]

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An appreciation of Derek Hill (LI 1930-33)

Derek Hill, a former pupil at Marlborough College, went on to become Director of the British School in Rome before devoting his life to painting and art collecting. He was born on this day in 1916. Edward Twohig, our Head of Art, has written this short article in appreciation: Inspirations come and go, though artistic […]

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ACT Test Centre

Marlborough College is delighted to announce they will offer the ACT in the new Computer-Based format (CBT). The ACT is a ‘Standardised Test’ which pupils can take in order to gain entry to US Universities. The College will offer testing this Friday 7th December and Friday 8th February. Please note that registration for the ACT […]

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Review: Adolescent Mental Health by Dick Moore

‘Dancing not Drowning in the Rain’ On Thursday 29th November 29th Dick Moore delivered a poignant message to the Hundreds; simply, ‘Everyone is vulnerable to mental health problems. The only thing weak about being vulnerable is not asking for help’. (75% of the population will experience a mental or emotional disorder during their lifetime.) Dick’s […]

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Review: Peter Lavery: Circus Works Exhibition

Widely known for his highly skilled narrative works and acclaimed advertising photography, Peter Lavery has also been photographing circus performers throughout Britain for the last 50 years. Shot largely on a historic plate camera, Peter has captured an impressive and unique collection of circus subjects, which has become the longest running social documentary project within […]

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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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International Recognition

Antonia Hudson (LI 2010-12), Head of Lacrosse at Marlborough College, has been named in the England squad for the 2019 Women’s California Challenge Tour. A regular in the junior and senior England squad for nine years, Antonia has played in a number of home internationals as well as touring in Europe. She was named player […]

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Southfields’ Sketches: Reflections from the Senior Chaplain

Mr. Edward Twohig, Head of Art, gave two exceptional talks in midweek Chapel concerning the beauty and artistry of the interior of our community’s splendid place of worship. Edward always draws my attention to something new I had yet to discover about what he calls our ‘Teenage Cathedral’! More than a few pupils hadn’t every […]

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Sporting Reflections: Week 9

Last Thursday saw a fantastic day that summed up the breadth and depth of sport at Marlborough. Basketball secured a draw against Wellington and the Fives players were in fine form. It was wonderful to see Malvern College out in force, but exciting to see our U15s and U14s dominant. Rackets saw some exciting matches, […]

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Blackett Science Lecture

Professor Giovanna Tinetti, Professor of Astrophysics at University College London, gave the 14th annual Blackett Science Lecture – held in the Ellis Theatre on Tuesday 27th November. Professor Tinetti is a leading researcher in the UK into Extra-Solar planets (Exoplanets) and specifically the work to discover the chemical composition of their atmospheres, which of course […]

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Coaching Day for Local Schools

In the most recent of a series of sports opportunities for local schools, Mark Ramage (Master in Charge, Hockey) and his team of coaches recently led a hockey morning for 60 children in Years 4,5 and 6. The emphasis was very much on improving stick skills, spatial awareness in small-sided games and, primarily, enjoyment! It […]

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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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