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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Marlborough College Concert Series: Craig Ogden

The fourth concert in the 2017/18 series was given by virtuoso guitarist, Craig Ogden. ‘Virtuoso’ is a big word, and often overused but in this case, entirely justified. The precision with which Ogden plays is electrifying – in fact if you factor into that the balance, voicing, intonation, rubato and consummate command of the instrument […]

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Review: Stephen Hough (MCCS)

Marlborough College Concert Series promises to promote ‘world-class musicians at affordable prices’. The opening recital of the 2017/18 series provided just that: for just £20 (which included a complimentary glass of Mionetto Prosecco and a free programme) the sell-out capacity audience was treated to some extraordinary artistry from the eminent pianist Stephen Hough. The concert […]

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Review: Chamber Choir Concert – Ramsbury

Taking Marlborough College music out into our local community is important for so many reasons, not least because the public can witness for themselves the array of talent that exists within the Music Department.   The Chamber Choir’s concert at Holy Cross Church, Ramsbury was a perfect demonstration of just that, in a programme of immense […]

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Review: Orchestral and Ensembles Gala Concert

The final large-ensembles concert of the academic year inevitably evokes a combination of joy and sadness. Friday evening’s concert showed exactly that; it was a celebration of the incredible standard of music-making that goes on week in week out at the College, as well as a chance to thank and bid farewell to our departing […]

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Review: Music Technology Recital

The Music Tech ‘concert’ was, once again, an effective and persuasive presentation of various tasks associated with AS and A2 Music Technology.   It’s a nice vibe as pupils sit around the Goodison Hall and appreciate each other’s talents both in a technical and practical capacity.  The recordings are cleverly and imaginatively put together and feature […]

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Video: Ralph Salmins

The College was very pleased to receive world-renowned percussionist and kit player, Ralph Salmins for a day of workshops, classes and one-to-one teaching.   Ralph is recognised as being one of the leading exponents in his field and his clear enthusiasm and love for his music was very evident to see as he put College pupils […]

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Prep School Directors of Music Day

On Tuesday 2nd May, Marlborough welcomed the directors of music from 23 prep schools alongside 51 Year Six pupils for a full and varied day of musical outreach and networking. Following a registration and greeting from PTD in the Memorial Hall, the delegates were treated to a trip to Norwood ahead of a welcome from […]

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Review: Battle of the Bands

The Battle of the Bands is now an established fixture, which heralds the beginning of the Summer Term to good effect.   There is a respectful and convivial atmosphere within the marquee in Court as pupils, staff, friends and family mingle to witness an eclectic mixture of songs all of which are persuasively and enthusiastically delivered […]

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Chamber Music Concert: St George’s Church

The musical life at Marlborough was further enriched last Friday by an exciting new venture masterminded by our new Head of Strings, Mr Hector Scott.  Twelve pupil musicians showcased their talents in a chamber music concert at St George’s Church, Preshute, a visually and acoustically appropriate venue for this type of ensemble playing, and a […]

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May Day Madrigals

To complement a rather damp, chilly but still morning, a reflective start in the key of G minor seemed entirely appropriate for the annual May Day Madrigals on the Bradleian arches.   The Choir is in excellent voice this year (even at 8am in the morning) and as the sunlight dawned during Jim Bartlett’s schmoozy arrangement […]

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Choral Evensong at St Paul’s Cathedral

Members of the Chapel Choir were privileged to return to St Paul’s on Tuesday 25th April to sing Evensong, our third visit in as many years.  The awe-inspiring building provides both rewards and challenges to singers: there’s nothing quite like hearing a perfectly tuned ‘Amen’ sail around the cavernous church for 7 or 8 seconds; […]

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The Chapel Webcasts

Over the course of this academic year, several recordings have been made of our Sunday Chapel services. We are proud to present some of the choir’s contributions, as part of the College’s ongoing mission and outreach, for the benefit and enjoyment of parents, OMs, friends of the College, and any other interested parties.  These recordings […]

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Review: Jazz Evening

Candlelit tables, low lighting and the welcoming smile of Dennis at the bar set the scene for the last hurrah of the musical term.   With strains of The Messiah still ringing in the ears of many Marlborough musicians (who, barely 48 hours previously, had taken part in a magnificent rendition of this fine choral piece), […]

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Choral Society Concert: Handel’s Messiah

The Choral Society concert remains a glorious annual tradition: a celebration, a collaboration, participation from all corners (quite literally in this production which saw an interesting use of the Chapel in an ‘in the round performance’) and the result is something really marvellous.  This year we were treated to Handel’s evergreen Messiah, in some ways a […]

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Video: Ensembles & Orchestral Concert

As a member of the audience, it is always a wonderful treat to attend our annual side-by-side concert with the Southbank Sinfonia.  As a Marlburian instrumentalist, it is a real privilege to play alongside some of the finest young professional musicians in the country. This wonderful opportunity raises the aspirations of our players, and gives […]

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Review: Bach Cantata BWV 150

Evening Prayer on Sunday 5th March took a slightly different format, with members of the Chapel Choir singing one of Bach’s earliest cantatas, accompanied by a small instrumental ensemble.  Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich (For you, Lord, I long) is an extended work in seven movements for soloists and choir, featuring a variety of music, from […]

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Compline for Ash Wednesday

On Wednesday 1st March at 9.10pm, the Chamber Choir and Compline Choir joined forces to sing a beautifully reflective, candlelit service of Compline for Ash Wednesday. The two groups are made up of the most senior and experienced members of the Chapel Choir, many of them former Cathedral choristers. Alongside the plainsong required, the Compline […]

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Review: Evening Pupils’ Recital

In a truly remarkable evening which embraced chamber music, solo performers, inter-departmental cross-collaboration, concertos (trumpets and strings), scholars, non-scholars, Shell pupils, future Marlburians and culminating in a vibrant performance of Vivaldi’s glorious A minor Double Cello Concerto, this was a recital to remember.  I have rarely seen such a large audience as this (actually, there […]

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