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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Wind Department Concert

One is aware that the Christmas holidays are finally upon us on the annual occasion of the Woodwind Departmental extravaganza on the final Monday of the Michaelmas Term.  Masterminded by the evergreen Head of Woodwind and Brass Mr Alex Arkwright, it’s an event packed with variety, considerable pupil participation and some fun to boot.  This […]

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Carol Services

After a demanding and musically varied Michaelmas Term, it was a huge pleasure to sit back and witness the Choir’s impressive performance during the Christmas Carol Services. One of the benefits of such a long Michaelmas Term has been that it has given the Choir time to develop quite significantly following a large exodus of […]

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Advent Service 2011

Coming towards the end of what is usually a very long term, the Advent Carol Service is always an occasion for contemplation: the beauty of the chapel enhanced not only by the magical effect of candlelight, but also by the contribution of the Chapel Choir, who work tirelessly to prepare music for this service and […]

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Symphony Orchestra Concert

The orchestral concert on December 4th opened with the delicate and playful sounds of Dvorak’s Slavonic dance Op 46. The contrasting colours of this delightful nationalistic score were beautifully tailored. The players seemed to enjoy the contrasts of the tight rhythmic sections and the more lyrical, indulgent melodies. The first movement of Mozart’s Symphony no. […]

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Evening Pupils’ Recital

True to form this was a popular event both in audience attendance and in the significant number of performers on show. Numbers aren’t everything mind you; what matters is quality and, to a certain extent, variety and, in both those respects, this was a fine evening of music making. Some performers we hadn’t heard in […]

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MCCS Concert – Chilingirian String Quartet

The final concert of the MCCS 2011 calendar year welcomed the legendary Chilingirian String Quartet to the Memorial Hall in a traditional programme of Haydn, Schubert and Dvorak. The ‘Chilis’ have graced concert halls worldwide for over four decades and it’s easy to see why: they produce a beautifully crafted, superbly matched sound both in […]

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House Harmony and Shout

As every student knows, and probably most parents also know, the day before Michaelmas half term is arguably the most action packed, competitive day of the academic year. Not only are House Hockey and House Rugby competitions played, but the House Shout and House Harmony competitions takes place. To an outsider it may seem like […]

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Flute Masterclass and Music Society Presentation

Lisa Nelsen Flute Masterclass and Music Society Presentation 26 September, 2011 On September 26 some of the College musicians were lucky enough to benefit from the visit of the flautist and performance coach Lisa Nelsen. Ms Nelsen is no stranger to the College having been here adjudicating the bi-annual Music Festival and more recently the House Song […]

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Chapel Choir Choral Evensong

Gloucester Cathedral Monday 17 October 2011 Gloucester Cathedral has become something of a popular choice for Marlborough College Chapel Choir ‘away’ Evensong in recent times and it’s not hard to see why. The cathedral is a spectacular piece of Norman architecture and its opulent acoustic provides the very best support for music making. The Chapel […]

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Music Scholars’ Gala Concert

Royal Over-Seas League Friday 7th October 2011 The annual Music Scholar’s Gala Concert at the Royal Over-Seas League Princess Alexandra Hall in London took place on Friday 7 October 2011. This year the programme featured predominantly chamber music (with only two solo items in addition), reflecting the considerable variety and depth we now enjoy in […]

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MCCS Concert, Jack Liebeck

Sunday 9 October 2011, Memorial Hall Jack Liebeck (violin) and Ana-Maria Vera (piano) ‘Classic’ violin recitals of the ‘old school’ don’t come along quite so often these days, so when they do it’s something of a treat. Jack Liebeck is a violinist of excellent pedigree and the easy manner in which he delivers his musical […]

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Music Scholars’ Chamber Concert Chard, 2nd October, 2011

A select group of Music Scholars travelled on the hottest October day ever recorded to the delightful town of Chard to give a dry run performance in preparation for the major annual Music Scholars’ Gala Concert at the Royal Over-Seas League in London.  In a charming converted barn the audience was tightly packed in to […]

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MCCS Concert, 18 September 2011

MCCS Concert, 18 September 2011 The Sixteen Chapel To mark the occasion of the opening concert of the 70th Anniversary Season we needed something truly special and in the stunning performance in Chapel given by The Sixteen we got just that. The blend, depth of sound and tonal colour was judged to absolute perfection and […]

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Music Technology Concert

Reviewed by Philip Dukes (Artistic Director): In the comfort of that Voodoo Lounge vibe (beanbags, candles, discreet lighting et al) we are treated to samples (pre-recorded) of the A level coursework the pupils have been producing since October.  The results are very good indeed:  each pupil relying not only on their own skills of production, but enhancing their […]

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Orchestra and Ensembles Concert

Reviewed by Christian Stuart (PR U6) The Wind Orchestra opened the concert with five movements selected from Stephen McNeff’s Ghosts. A combination of spoken word, delivered by Caitlin Scott (MM U6) and Benjamin Hall (CO U6), and music helped to inspire within the audience a wide range of emotions. Variety was perhaps the key strength of […]

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Pupil Recital

Reviewed by Pupil Dukes: Featuring predominantly top Music Scholars in addition to two Saxophone Quartets the programme was varied and highly sophisticated and the repertoire allowed the performers to flourish accordingly in front of an enthusiastic audience.  There were genuinely so many fine performances that it would be very difficult to single out certain individuals without […]

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Organ Recital

The small series of organ recitals returned for a second year in the latter half of the Lent Term. The Director of Chapel Music, Simon Taranczuk and the College Organist, Ian Crabbe were able to show off the magnificent Chapel organ with a wide variety of music. Ian Crabbe’s recital featured some large-scale works by […]

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