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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Chamber Choir at Highclere

The Chamber Choir were delighted to perform at a reception at Highclere Castle yesterday evening.  This was the first performance given by this Lower Sixth group, newly-formed for the forthcoming academic year. Singing light-hearted works, including old close-harmony favourites ‘Blue Moon’ and ‘Goodnight Sweetheart’, they rose splendidly to the occasion, giving a polished and entertaining […]

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Review: Orchestral & Ensembles Concert

This is always the most moving concert of the year as we say goodbye to the leavers who have put in years of hard work and dedication.  Sporting their traditional red rose and standing for their individual ovation, they sum up what it is to be a Marlburian! The evening began with the Master cutting […]

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1843 Society Luncheon

The 1843 Society Luncheon was held in The Adderley on Sunday 22nd May with 50 guests in attendance. Those present enjoyed an excellent lunch before hearing from the Master, Jonathan Leigh, and the President of the 1843 Society, Martin Evans. Music scholars Finn Kverndal (C1 Re) and Darcey Goble (MM Sh) gave moving performances after lunch. Those fortunate enough […]

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Review: Jazz Evening

What a very delightful Jazz Evening we were all treated to – the smoky black that the ensembles were all dressed in oozed jazzy finesse and cool and what we saw was as brilliant as what we went on to hear.   The students’ enjoyment of playing and participating radiated out of them and was just […]

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Review: Choral Evensong

Sunday 8th May 2016 This was an ambitious and original undertaking, in which the ranks of the Chapel Choir were swelled by Old Marlburians and visiting singers from Lambrook School and the Children’s Choir of St. John the Divine, Kennington.  Conducting duties were shared between Alex Hodgkinson, Martyn Ford and Ben Clark, all three of […]

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Lizzie wins ABRSM Gold Award

Congratulations to Lizzie Daniels (U6 IH) who was awarded a Gold Award by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) for gaining an exceptional result in her Grade 8 singing exam. Gold Awards recognise the few entrants each year who attain the highest marks in the country for the ABRSM’s vocal or […]

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Review: May Day Madrigals

It doesn’t come much better than this: a glorious Spring morning (at last), a fine selection of May ditties from the excellent Chamber Choir and an appreciative and large crowd, all gathered in Court to celebrate May Day weekend. I’ve been fortunate enough to witness nine occasions such as this over the years but I […]

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Review: Sung Eucharist at St Paul’s

St Paul’s Cathedral is quite simply awe-inspiring.  Opened in 1708 and designed by Sir Christopher Wren, Christian worship has been offered there for 1400 years and the building remains an iconic landmark within the City of London and beyond.   It’s an intimidating place to perform.  Indeed, the large regular boys’ choir are trained to sing […]

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Review: Vocal Masterclass

Choral music (and indeed singing in general) has enjoyed a long and distinguished tradition at Marlborough College.  Indeed, interest in this area remains at unprecedented levels and there is plenty of evidence to support that notion.   The Choirs are full to capacity and recent musicals, choral presentations, recitals (and more besides) indicate the future is […]

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Review: Battle of the Bands

On Sunday 17th April I was lucky enough to be asked to judge the second annual Battle of the Bands inter-house competition.  I say lucky, because this really was a very well organised, well attended and slickly run affair, augmented by some early summer sunshine and an enthusiastic and encouraging audience.   The format of interspersing […]

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Review: Choral Society Concert

The Dream of Gerontius – Sunday 13th March 2016 A European wisecrack once remarked that “there were no great English composers”.  An interesting remark.  Assuming we forgive him for forgetting the early masters such as Thomas Tallis, William Byrd, and Henry Purcell, and more recently composers such as Vaughan Williams and Benjamin Britten, he couldn’t […]

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Review: Anything Goes

Cole Porter’s Anything Goes is apparently one of the most popular musicals staged by colleges, schools and amateur companies across the world, and it’s easy to see why. It’s engaging, accessible and witty, and contains some persuasive (but tricky) musical numbers, which allows for the spirit and freshness of youth to rise to the surface quite beautifully. […]

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Review: Southbank Sinfonia

It is always a pleasure to hear the sound of a young orchestra, full of youthful musicianship and integrity, passion and pride of place. Southbank Sinfonia, conducted by Simon Over produced a wonderfully balanced programme complemented by sensitive playing, expression, and a great sense of musical perspective. The first two chords of the Brahms Tragic Overture are […]

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Review: Orchestral and ensembles concert

The annual visit of the Southbank Sinfonia is hugely anticipated by all the students involved. For two days the side-by-side arrangement requires real commitment and concentration by all of the players.  As strange as it seems, this does not appear to create exhaustion but rather lift the spirits through their shared enthusiasm. Many of the […]

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Choir Workshop

On Friday evening, we were delighted to welcome James Burton to Marlborough. A renowned conductor and singer, James directs Schola Cantorum of Oxford, and has worked extensively with the Hallé and at English National Opera.  James led a workshop in Chapel with our newly formed Compline Choir, a small specialist choir for the most talented […]

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Review: Evensong at Keble College

There is much lively debate concerning the architectural design of Keble College, Oxford.  To some, it is a red brick monstrosity, to others hallowed turf full of precious memories.  What is beyond conjecture, however, is the chapel: Butterfield’s 1876 splendid design provides an opulent environment and acoustic in which the Chapel Choir, who sang music […]

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Review: Evening Pupils’ Recital

A shorter (but not short on quality) recital rounded off the first quarter of this even shorter term to excellent effect.  Virtually all performers on display were Music Scholars (and the few who weren’t might as well be) and as a consequence, this was a classy display of music making both in a technical and […]

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Review: Liederabend

The Liederabend on Tuesday evening was once again a magnificent evening of European song and, now in its ninth year, another very successful collaboration between the Modern Languages and Music Departments. Twenty of some of the finest continental songs were performed by singers from the Shell to the Upper Sixth, showing a fine range of […]

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