House Shout

After the very high overall standard of the House Harmony and an hour to eat and change, the whole school reassembled in the Mem Hall for this year’s House Shout. The evening started powerfully with a punchy performance of Preshute’s choice, Teenage Dirtbag. Next on were Barton Hill, sporting yellow buttonholes and snappily dressed in dark […]

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House Harmony

The Mem Hall was packed to capacity on Thursday afternoon for this year’s House Harmony competition. First to perform was New Court, with All Good Things Come to an End. The group produced a wonderfully ethereal sound with some interesting whistling effects which had the audience spellbound. They were followed by C2, with If I had […]

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Music Scholars’ Recital Calne Festival

The trilogy of Michaelmas term external recitals given by Music Scholars was completed with an outstanding performance at the Calne Festival. Savannah Brown (MO L6), Natalie Evans (LI L6), Alexander Frosell (CO U6), Henry Williams (CO U6), Oliver Mattinson (C2 Hu), Emily Venn (MM L6) and Zhivka Ivanova (IV U6) all contributed approximately ten minutes each of solo repertoire in an absorbing programme of […]

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MCCS Concert: Red Priest

‘Beautifully eccentric’, ‘colourful’, ‘brimming with virtuosity and originality’ and ‘absorbing’ are just a few superlatives that one could apply to the concert given by Red Priest in the Memorial Hall as the second concert in the series of the 2012/13 Marlborough College Concert Series season. The change of harpsichordist to David Wright has in no […]

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Music Scholars’ Gala Concert

The annual Royal Over-Seas League Music Scholars’ Gala Concert was a stunning occasion bristling with musical talent in a truly eclectic programme. The choice of music was ambitious, including some of the big heavyweight chamber music works (Dvorak Piano Quintet, Mozart Clarinet Quintet), but the performers were in no way intimidated by this challenge:  on […]

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Music Scholars’ Recital

As a dry run for the annual Royal Over-Seas League Music Scholars’ Gala Concert in London, Music Scholars gave a fine performance at the Wiltshire Music Centre in Bradford on Avon as a fund raiser for local talented young musicians less fortunate than Marlburians. The Wiltshire Music Centre concert hall is a fine venue with […]

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King’s Singers Vocal Workshop Video

The King’s Singers Vocal Workshop It’s not every day that pupils have the opportunity to work with the illustrious King’s Singers, but that’s precisely what happened in a workshop held in the Goodison Hall on 16th September. ‘King’s Singers Inspire’ is the educational project which allowed this to happen, following on from a workshop a […]

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Summer Orchestral Concert

The summer orchestral concert is always a rather celebratory affair, where our very best scholars are given the opportunity to indulge in their talents with the performance of a concerto. The concert opened with Brasser performing the Toccata and Interlude from Philip Sparke’s ‘The Year of the Dragon’. Like so much of the great Wind […]

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Clive Carroll in Concert

The internal Music Society events are provided for College pupils as part of the enrichment programme and the latest in the series was given by the acoustic guitarist Clive Carroll, who also joins us as Guitar Consultant alongside other eminent names fulfilling consultant roles.  Following a highly successful workshop with the pupils in the afternoon, […]

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Music Technology Concert

The internal Music Technology Recital took place in the intimate surroundings of the Hony Centre Library, which proved an ideal venue to relax and listen to pupil presentations. The Lower Sixth presented various arrangements as well as their own recordings, whilst the Upper Sixth pupil presented both a recording and his own composition. From the […]

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May Day Madrigals

The atrocious weather of April spilled over into May, rendering the traditional outdoor Madrigals on the Bradleian Arches impossible this year.  However, a never-say-die attitude was adopted and the Madrigals were duly dispatched from the gallery in Chapel, which in the end proved rather a pleasant change, due to the Chapel’s well documented opulent acoustic.  […]

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Choral Evensong at Bristol Cathedral

The Chapel Choir will be losing some very strong singers at the end of this year. With this in mind Choral Evensong at Bristol Cathedral on 26th April was performed by just seven Upper Sixth pupils; Ellen Arkwright, Alice Campbell, Rosie Chase, Frances Leith, Isy Cardy, Beth Jackman and Amelia Drew. This was the first […]

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Marlborough College Choral Concert

Handel’s Messiah This year’s Marlborough College Choral Society concert took place on Sunday 18 March (Mothering Sunday) and delighted a packed Chapel with a performance of Handel’s Messiah. The Choral Society was on top form, producing a full, vibrant sound, and accompanied by Marlborough College professional orchestra in partnership the Southbank Sinfonia. The soloists were […]

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Evening Pupil Recital

Towards the end of a dynamic and flamboyant Lent Term of music making came the Evening Pupils’ Recital, yielding as expected a fine display of musical talent. There was an impressive mix of Music Scholars and non Music Scholars on show, with ‘new’ arrivals in the Shell making their debuts in this context. To single […]

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Choral Evensong

Choral Evensongs for the Lent Term took place on Sunday 26 February for the home fixture and with a visit to Gloucester Cathedral on Monday 27 February. The repertoire chosen by Mr Taranczuk was an eclectic mix; Watson’s stirring Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis was perfectly complemented by the effective Bernard Rose responses and with a […]

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Southbank Sinfonia Concert

An outstanding evening of music provided the perfect finale to the first half of term as the Symphony Orchestra, String Chamber Orchestra and Brasser joined with young professional musicians of the Southbank Sinfonia for the fourth year running. The concert was the culmination of this year’s Residency, with the professionals spending two days at the […]

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Southbank Sinfonia Chamber Concert

As part of the annual residency by members of our professional orchestra in partnership, the Southbank Sinfonia, we had the pleasure of a chamber music recital in the Goodison Hall which this year took place on 8 February.  We were treated to a musical pot pourri of both solo and ensemble items which also included […]

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MCCS – BBC National Orchestra of Wales

It was such a delight to hear a full orchestra of such quality in this Marlborough College Concert Series. The acoustics of the building did not let us down and we could hear every nuance and detail with absolute clarity. The programme opened with the ‘Suite for Lady Caroline’ – a film score which carried […]

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Remove French Exchange

20 Remove students have just returned from a French exchange visit to our partner school, the Collège de Notre Dame de Bury, north of Paris. Warmly welcomed by their host families, they enjoyed a taste of school life and several excursions into the heart of the city. The charm of strolling through the capital was slightly harder […]

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Music Festival Competition 2012

One of the most inclusive and inspiring events in the Music calendar is the internal competitive Music Festival which this year took place on Sunday 29 January 2012. It really is a feast of music; over 260 different performances from over 160 pupils in 22 different categories of classes, judged by seven eminent external adjudicators […]

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MCCS – East meets West Concert

Just occasionally the MCCS presents something out of the ordinary and in the concert entitled ‘East meets West’ we heard not only something very different but incredibly special.  The mastermind behind the East meets West production is the magnificent British violinist Daniel Hope.  A musician of immense talent and vision, this performance is a journey […]

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