Marlborough College Concert Series 70th Anniversary season
PUBLISHED: 13:57 20 April 2011 | UPDATED: 19:13 20 February 2013
In 1942, as part of a movement to build morale in wartime Britain,<br/><br/>Marlborough College offered the use of the Memorial Hall as a venue for<br/><br/>public subscription concerts.
In 1942, as part of a movement to build morale in wartime Britain, Marlborough College offered the use of the Memorial Hall as a venue for public subscription concerts. The aim was to bring knowledge of classical music to the pupils and neighbouring communities, and possibly the many military personnel stationed in the area at that time.
From the start the concerts featured world class musicians. The first series included a performance by the London Symphony Orchestra, and later the pianist Louis Kentner. Later in the 40s people heard Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears, Soloman and Leon Goossens.
The LSO came again in 1946, under the baton of Sir Adrian Boult. This high standard has been kept up ever since. In the 50s the concerts included Peter Katin, Clifford Curzon and the Aolian String Quartet and, more recently, audiences have enjoyed performances ranging from Shura Cherkassky to Evelyn Glennie, Owen Brannigan to the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the Black Dyke Mills Band to Nigel Kennedy or John Lill to the choir of Kings College Cambridge.
For the 70th anniversary season, starting on 18 September, the five concert series will begin with The Sixteen and will culminate on 5 February 2012 with a broadcast performance by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
Full details from : 01672 892566 or www.marlboroughconcertseries.org