Review: Wind Department Concert

The annual Woodwind, Brass and Percussion Department Christmas Concert was simply thrilling, propelled along by the passion of the pupils under the enthusiastic and expert direction of Alex Arkwright and supported notably by Hayley Lambert and Sacha Johnson. The Big Band swung into action with joyous vibrancy driven on by its rhythm section which was […]

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Review: Carol Services

A time for celebration, a time for reflection, a time of anticipation. Just a few thoughts which perhaps cross our minds as we approach the end of a long term. There can surely be no better way to pause and consider these sensations than in attending one of the four Christmas carol services, held as […]

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Review: Orchestral Concert

The promise for this concert was a glitzy occasion, littered with beautiful tunes and the Michaelmas Chamber Orchestra and Symphonic concert lived up to the expectation.   A capacity Ellis Theatre audience was treated to music by Sibelius, Percy Fletcher, the evergreen and familiar music to Richard Rodgers The King and I, Carl Davis’s TV theme The World […]

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Review: An Evening for Advent

Advent is arguably the most poignant and exciting time of year.  A time of anticipation, a time of hope and, of course, the prospect of Christmas, but above all (and something that sometimes becomes lost in the frenzy of commercial activity) it is the beginning of the Christian year. An Evening for Advent is an annual […]

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Review: Advent Carol Service

Sunday 27 November 2016 Happy New Liturgical year! On Sunday evening, the chapel was filled to bursting to celebrate the start of the Christmas period. Beautifully decorated with hundreds of candles, the space resounded over the course of a highly moving service.  With the choir expertly conducted by Alex Hodgkinson, the service was structured around […]

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Review: MCCS – Paul Turner

Paul Turner is a well-known presence in this locality and so it was no surprise to see the Memorial Hall full of subscribers as well as his local fan club!  The concert opened with a rarely played gem – Mozart’s Suite in C K399, which is a work that bridges the gap between the Baroque and […]

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Review: Evening Pupils’ Recital

Evening recitals have a special charm.  They are traditionally more intimate occasions and offer an alternative mood from the larger scale orchestra and choral performances.   The November Evening Recital was a fine example of just that, with some truly engaging and persuasive contributions from both music scholars and non-music scholars alike. The flute featured heavily […]

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Review: Band of the Grenadier Guards

Variety is the spice of life (or so they say) and one of the key objectives for the Marlborough College Concert Series is to provide just that, both within the series as a whole and within the individual concerts themselves.  The concert given by The Band of the Grenadier Guards on Friday 4th November, conducted […]

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Review: Calne Music Festival Recital

After a whirlwind start to the term which saw four public concert performances from Music Scholars in one week alone, the run of outings was completed with the annual pilgrimage for a recital at the Calne Festival on a beautiful, crisp autumn day. There was nothing autumnal about the performances, however, as once again, Music […]

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Review: House Singing Competition

The annual House Singing competition is traditionally a high-energy, high-stakes, and high-standard event, and this year’s offering was no exception. We were treated to some fantastically energetic renditions of a number of classic tunes, as well as, notably, some unique conducting. It was a real pleasure to welcome back Stuart Beer, adjudicator extraordinaire, for the […]

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Music Scholars’ Gala Concert

A little earlier in the calendar than in previous years, the annual London Music Scholars’ Gala Concert took place at its established venue, namely the beautiful Princess Alexandra Hall at the Royal Over-Seas League.   The concert was a celebration not only of established talent from our Upper Sixth scholars, but also of emerging potential with […]

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Review: House Harmony

House Harmony has come to be a real highlight of the Michaelmas Term, and the evening of Thursday 6th October was no exception.  Entirely student-led, teams of no more than ten singers take to the high-wire to perform original arrangements. Performances ranged from the sublime to the hilarious and the evening proved a thoroughly engaging […]

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Compline for the Eve of St. Michael and All Angels

Last Wednesday the recently formed Compline Choir, made up of the six most accomplished choral singers in College, sang Compline for the Eve of the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels (to whom Chapel is dedicated).  Alongside the traditional plainsong, the candlelit congregation enjoyed Palestrina’s Sicut cervus, Arvo Pärt’s Da pacem Domine, as well as the […]

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Oxford Choral Scholarships

The College community was delighted to receive news that Sarah Mattinson (U6 MM) and Jonathan Venn (U6 C3) have been awarded choral scholarships at the University of Oxford.  Sarah and Jonathan, both of whom are members of the Chapel Choir, Chamber Choir, and Compline Choir in addition to their instrumental activities, were among a large […]

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Tom ap Rhys Pryce Memorial Concert

To mark the tenth anniversary of the tragic death of Tom ap Rhys Pryce (B1 1988-93) a collaborative concert featuring Marlborough College Music Scholars, Old Marlburians and special guests was drawn together which proved a fitting occasion for a very special person. The first half of the concert featured Marlborough College Music Scholars (Tom himself […]

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Evening Pupils’ Recital

The first major recital of the term was an Evening Pupils’ Recital, which ostensibly served as a ‘dry run’ for forthcoming major public performances for Music Scholars.   A concert of predominantly ambitious chamber music so early in the school year (just three weeks in) is a potentially dangerous occasion, particularly when considering that many of […]

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Review: Wolf Hall Live!

This year’s concert series got off to a flying start on Sunday evening as Marlborough was treated to a visit by one of the UK’s finest and most renowned composers.  Classic FM Composer in Residence Debbie Wiseman MBE boasts over 200 film and television soundtracks to her name including Stephen Fry’s America, Dickensian, and most recently Wolf […]

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Michaelmas Term Music

The Michaelmas term is a particularly rich and exciting time of musical opportunity and offers pupils and audiences an enticing and intoxicating blend of style, covering all ages and stages within the Music Department.   The Chapel Choir is a regular weekly performer and highlights are abundant, especially in the second half of term, with the […]

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Review: End of Year Showcase Concert

The annual End of Year Showcase Concert in the Ellis Theatre is an invaluable opportunity to witness music making in both the Shell and Remove year groups, and this year we were treated to a remarkable display of variety, and at times, virtuosity from both scholars and non-scholars alike.   There was much to admire both […]

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Review: Fauré Requiem

To commemorate the 20 OMs who tragically lost their lives alongside thousands of others on the opening day of the Battle of the Somme one hundred years ago, the College honoured them in two performances of Fauré’s stunning Requiem in Chapel.  The first took the form of the annual Everest Lecture (Common Room and pupils only) and […]

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Remove Eurovision Song Contest 2016

On Tuesday evening the Remove gathered with excitement in the Ellis Theatre for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, organised by the Modern Languages Department.  Each of the 14 Remove language sets prepares a song in the language they are studying and performs it to pupils and beaks. As practice of diction and communication it is […]

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