The annual Marlborough College Malaysia Prize Day took place on Saturday 2nd July. Zachary See began proceedings with an outstanding rendition of Chopin’s Étude Opus 10, no 1 which set the tone for the morning.
HRH Tunku Ali Redhauddin ibni Tuanku Muhriz gave his first speech as Chairman of Council not only suggesting, in reference to William Blake’s Jerusalem, that ‘we had built Marlborough, in Malaysia’s green and pleasant land’ but poignantly remembering that twenty Marlburians had lost their lives on the first day of the Battle the Somme some one hundred years before.
The College orchestras accompanied by both the Prep School Choir (For the Beauty of the Earth: FS Pierpoint) and the Senior School Choir (Adiemus: Karl Jenkins) gave excellent performances either side of the Master’s speech which made reference to Brexit, the European football championship, David Bowie and Muhammad Ali in amongst the more traditional educational themes, as well as thanking all members of Common Room, with particular mention for the leavers.
Prizes were then presented to rapturous applause, to both Preparatory and Senior School prize winners. It was a splendid occasion and a fitting way to conclude an excellent academic year.