Ensembles and Orchestra Gala Concert with Southbank Sinfonia

Now in its fifth season, the two day residency at Marlborough College of members of the College’s professional orchestra in partnership, London’s Southbank Sinfonia, has acquired an excellent reputation amongst members of the College community and local members of the public.  Consequently almost every seat in the Memorial Hall was taken for the eagerly anticipated […]

Read More

Southbank Sinfonia Chamber Concert

A highlight of the Southbank Sinfonia residency is the chamber music recital given by a variety of Southbank Sinfonia ensembles, always to a packed Goodison Hall. That concert this year opened with Five Dances by Mozart, which was the perfect curtain raiser and performed with polish and sensitivity.  The Poulenc Duo that followed was a […]

Read More

Solving Global Poverty

The Politics Society was delighted to welcome Patricia Juby, an ambassador for the Global Poverty Group, who gave an eye-opening presentation on extreme poverty. She gave a fascinating presentation which provided some startling statistics, particularly on food, education and gender equality. One of the most shocking facts was that women are employed for two thirds […]

Read More

Canada Cup Ski Race Competition

In December 2012 Marlborough College was invited to attend the Canada Cup, a UK schools ski racing competition held at Marmot Basin, Jasper. This was the first time the College had entered a team. I was excited but a little nervous about the trip as it promised to be very different from most ski trips […]

Read More

Economics Forum

The second Marlborough College Economics Forum, which focused on the economics of the environment, was held in the Ellis Theatre on Tuesday 5th February.  After introductions by the Master, three leading environmental economists each spoke about a fascinating part of the field. Evan Williams, the Technical Director at AMEC Environment and Infrastructure UK and a former […]

Read More

Prof Clare Robertson: Looking at the Carracci

On Wednesday 6th February the History of Art Society welcomed as guest speaker Professor Clare Robertson, Head of History of Art at the University of Reading. Her theme was the important but often overlooked Bolognese artist Annibale Carracci, a contemporary of Caravaggio in the Rome of the early seventeenth century. Professor Robertson spoke in particular […]

Read More

Medawar Scholars’ Annual Lecture

On the 29th of January we were very privileged to invite Giles Richardson to Marlborough to give the annual Medawar Lecture as well as the Scholars’ Workshop. Giles was in B1 house from 1997 until 2002; once he left Marlborough he went to Durham University to read Archaeology and Ancient History. After a master’s degree […]

Read More

Illumination Review Lent

To see a slideshow, please click here The Memorial Hall was transformed into the venue for a massive pyjama party for this term’s Illumination; with everyone from Hundreds upwards turning up in their best onesie/dressing gown/matching pyjama set.  Although the pillow fight disappointingly never actually materialised (health and safety?), the theme created the atmosphere for a […]

Read More

MCCS: Southbank Sinfonia Concert with Julian Bliss

The Marlborough College Concert Series 2012/13 season came to a triumphant close with a performance by Marlborough College’s professional orchestra in partnership, London’s Southbank Sinfonia. A regular feature in the series over the last five years or so (and in the College’s musical calendar too) they bring a youthful and refreshing zest to the series, […]

Read More

ESU Mace Debating Success

On Wednesday 30 January, Michael Miller (TU U6) and Georgia Statham (EL U6) beat three other teams (St Swithun’s, Winchester, St. John’s, Marlborough and Winchester College) in the second round of the ESU Mace Debating Competition. Georgia and Michael were proposing the motion ‘This House Would Prosecute Parents for the Crimes of their Children’. Georgia and Michael will now […]

Read More

Gavin Knight: Hood Rat

This week the Literary and Journalism Society welcomed Gavin Knight, journalist and author of “Hood Rat” to speak in the Adderley about his documentation of inner city gang cultures in Manchester, London and Glasgow. Knight provided a fascinating insight into what it takes to be an investigative journalist. With stories of 10-year-old drug dealers being […]

Read More

Art Scholars’ Exhibition

The 2013 Art Scholars’ Exhibition featured a diverse selection of artworks taken from individual class portfolios and also from themed projects set during the weekly Scholar sessions throughout the Michaelmas term. Working in collaboration with the Artist-in-Residence, the initial Art Scholar sessions focused on combining relief printmaking within sculpture to create artworks that explored 2D […]

Read More

IRB Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Old Marlburian, Alfred St George Hamersley (C3 1862-66) one of rugby’s first internationals, has been inducted into the IRB’s Hall of Fame. IRB Chief Executive, Brett Gosper made the presentation at Marlborough College, where Hamersley was educated and first played ‘football’ under the interpretation of Rugby School rules. Master of Marlborough College, Jonathan Leigh, said […]

Read More

MCCS: Joanna MacGregor

The fourth recital in the 2012/13 Marlborough College Concert Series was given by the eminent British pianist Joanna MacGregor. Very much a household name both at home and abroad, MacGregor is a musician of exceptional versatility and vitality. Not content with a ‘standard’ solo career, she has broadened her musical horizons far beyond the norm […]

Read More

Fives West of England Schools Championships

The West of England Schools Championships is the biggest event in the calender after the Nationals, and draws schools from as far afield as Edinburgh. Six College boys took part last weekend. Hugo Fry, (C1 Hu) (pictured) beat the no.2 seed and reached the semi-finals of the Colts singles, the first Marlburian for ten years to […]

Read More

Carol Services Review

Attending my first three Carol Services, in addition to the magical candlelit Advent Carol Service, was pure pleasure. Conducted by Philip Dukes, the Choir rose to the occasion hugely. With an atmosphere imbued by the strong presence of the Chaplain, positive participation from successive congregations and universally well-pitched and paced readings, the reputation of Marlborough’s […]

Read More

Scrapheap Challenge

The second Scrapheap Challenge, for the Shell, took place this December in the Memorial Hall. Working in House teams pupils were expected to solve two challenges: Zip wire challenge – to design and build a carriage that can carry a Ping-Pong ball from the top of a zip line and upon hitting the stop release […]

Read More

Modern Languages Advent Celebration

The annual Modern Languages Advent Celebration took place in an Adderley full to bursting with audience and participants of every year-group. It was an extremely successful affair, perhaps because of its eccentric mixture of acts. As well as a variety of advent-themed foreign readings and carols, there were many classical pieces of a very high […]

Read More

Wind Department Concert

The annual Woodwind, Brass and Percussion Department Christmas Concert is always a joyous affair, in part because it marks the conclusion to a long and busy term of music making, but mainly because it features such a sparkling array of talent, both in an individual and collective capacity. The concert in the Memorial Hall on […]

Read More

CAS Art Exhibition Video

The IB Upper Sixth CAS exhibition opened on 6th December. CAS is part of the IB that requires each pupil to take part in Creative, Action and Service co-curriculuar activities. The art show met both Creative and Service aims as each work represented a world issue. The theme of the exhibition was a journey which might […]

Read More

The National Independent Schools French Debating Competition

On Tuesday 27th November, the College hosted the Western qualifying heat of the Joutes Oratoires (the National Independent Schools French Debating Competition). Competitors were required to present their arguments in three minutes, and then to defend them against the counter-attacks of their opponents for a further five minutes, before addressing the judges for one final […]

Read More