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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Review: Advanced Pupils’ Recital

The regular Advanced Pupils’ Recital, which is usually held in the Goodison Hall, transferred to the Memorial Hall as part of the special ten-day celebration and commemoration in honour of the 749 OMs and the hall itself. We were treated to a classy display of music making where Music Scholars and non-scholars alike performed alongside […]

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Memorial Hall Festival Event Reviews

Thursday 1st November – Sunday 11th November ‘Celebrating and Remembering’ The Marlborough College Memorial Hall Festival 2018 included a spectacular line-up of events, lectures and concerts, celebrating the year in which the hall reopened following its £6.5 million refurbishment. In addition, the Festival brought to a close the College’s four years of commemorative First World War events. Event reviews: ‘Why commemorating the […]

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Review: BBC National Orchestra of Wales

A packed Memorial Hall witnessed a truly special concert given by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales on Sunday 4th November. The concert, which was not only part of the regular MCCS series, but also part of the Memorial Hall Festival 2018, was recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Excellent national publicity indeed […]

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Review: House Shout 2018

The much-anticipated House Shout on Thursday 11th October 2018 celebrated the strong community and talent of all pupils at Marlborough College and made for a special and memorable occasion. Welcoming back our adjudicator for this year, Maria Jagusz, proceedings began in electric form with the girls of Dancy, making their debut House Shout with a […]

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Gallery: House Harmony

Marlborough College House Harmony is an occasion to celebrate shared talent through team work. This year did not disappoint! Palpable anticipation filled the College as staff and pupils alike descended on the beautifully refurbished Memorial Hall on Thursday 4th October. Such a venue for this annual competition therefore required a similarly impressive adjudicator in the […]

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Music Scholars’ Gala Concert

One of the most exciting but challenging events in the College’s musical calendar is the annual Music Scholars’ gala concert held in London. It’s exciting in that, in the final analysis of performance we witness some truly talented young musicians, excelling in the delivery of the complex art of chamber music; challenging in that in […]

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Review: Music Society Recital

The Music Society events are informal internal occasions, which showcase a variety of musical mediums. In our latest offering, we welcomed back our quite brilliant Guitar Consultant, Clive Carroll: virtuoso, teacher and collaborative artist. Brilliant is an often overused adjective, but in this case, truly apt – Clive is just that and his performances are […]

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Review: MCCS – BBC Big Band

This past year has been a significant event in the life of the Memorial Hall and the Concert Series was thrilled to return to its regular home following the hall’s spectacular £6.5m refurbishment. Audiences are now greeted by a fresh, new, sophisticated and state of the art interior, which in the process of its renovation […]

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Vaughan Williams Festival 2018

Marlborough College’s Artistic Director Philip Dukes will be performing at the Vaughan Williams Festival over the August Bank Holiday in the Cotswold village of Down Ampney. Dukes, who has been with Marlborough College since 2008, is also Festival Director of what promises to be an enthralling four days of music making.“This year marks the 60th […]

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Review: End of Term Showcase Concert

At the end of a long Summer Term, in the glorious summer heat, the youngest two years at the College gave a concert of an incredibly diverse and eclectic programme. Set in the newly refurbished Memorial Hall – this was a prime opportunity for a dry-run concert before the official opening in order to try […]

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Orchestral & Ensembles Gala Concert

With the Saxophone Quartet providing a spirited introduction in the foyer of the Ellis Theatre, a capacity audience gathered for this summer’s Gala Concert, and what a feast of music was enjoyed!  Alongside beautiful playing, other impressive musical skills, including conducting and composing, added to a memorable celebration of style and musicianship from so many […]

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Vocal Masterclass

The annual Vocal Masterclass is always a special occasion. It’s special for lots of reasons: we welcome a distinguished vocalist, in this case Theresa Goble – Professor of Vocal Studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (and by the way, she was terrific from both a technical and an emotional perspective) – the […]

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May Day Madrigals

A musician’s life is kept fresh by contrast, diversity and breadth of experience. That’s true of young musicians too and it seems particularly apt when considering Chamber Choir members who, in the last couple of weeks, have performed in the cavernous acoustic of St Paul’s Cathedral, an intense Confirmation Service in Chapel and (still fresh […]

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Chamber Orchestra Concert

A 5pm (free) concert on a Friday at the end of a busy week featuring Brandenburg 3, a world première and a guitar concerto by Vivaldi in a beautiful church with a lush acoustic – sounds perfect doesn’t it? Well, to put it simply, it was. Head of Strings, Hector Scott is developing something very […]

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Choral Society Concert

A new era, a new dawn and certainly a bright one. Enter Adam Staines, Marlborough College’s new Choirmaster and therefore ex officio conductor of Choral Society. By watching him and indeed, listening to his direction of the postponed Lent choral concert in Chapel, the future of this long-standing tradition is in very good hands indeed. […]

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Review: Evensong at St Paul’s Cathedral

I’ve been to St Paul’s Cathedral a few times, in fact I’ve performed there too which gives me an advantage in writing a meaningful review.  I vowed I would never mention myself in a review but in this context it helps to emphasise the enormity of what Choirmaster Adam Staines and his team achieved in […]

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Battle of the Bands

Now in its fourth year, the ‘Battle of the Bands’ is firmly established as a co-curricular event of note. The standard is high and whilst there is a good atmosphere of healthy competitiveness, there isn’t quite the heady intensity of the House Shout, which is a good thing. By kind permission of The Master, this […]

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Review: Jazz Evening

One of the more informal occasions of the musical year is the highly popular Jazz Evening. After a whirlwind (quite literally with our friend ‘the beast from the east’) Lent Term of musical events, this is a chance for parents, staff and pupils to enjoy a convivial evening and relax, to the tune of some […]

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