Last week saw the first Arts Week at MCM, a week dedicated to celebrating the Arts throughout the College, with involvement from Reception to Upper Sixth. We have had a series of events, ranging from musical concerts to portrait drawing and the week began with a lunchtime concert on Monday 13th February, which attracted a huge crowd to the LRC. In fact, so many members of the College community attended, the second floor balcony was used as a viewing gallery as well as the ground floor. The audience was treated to a fabulous range of repertoire including the Prelude to JS Bach’s first Cello Suite played on the classical guitar, and the Welsh Folk tune ‘Suo Gân’ played by the College String Quartet.
Tuesday was Valentine’s Day, and the English language IB pupils recited some rather apt romantic poetry on the LRC stage at lunchtime. Pupils in Hundred and Remove presented a poetry video later in the week, during Thursday lunchtime, and these events outlined the significance of the Arts in the whole school curriculum. Indeed, there were Arts activities weaved into some of the maths lessons that looked at the mathematical relationships in some of Beethoven’s music; the relationship between maths and music is often overlooked by many people.
On Tuesday evening the stage was set for an evening music recital, which was given by the IGCSE and IB Music pupils. The evening concert was a wonderful presentation of the vast musical talent of our pupils. The audience was treated to music from many genres, including opera, instrumental chamber music, musical theatre and rock and funk.
The music and dance departments from Gordonstoun School in Scotland visited the College on Wednesday. Shell pupils participated in an active Ceilidh workshop during Periods 1 and 2. The Gordonstoun pupils then delighted us with music and dance performances during the Senior and Prep School assemblies. They were joined by the Marlborough Choir and Orchestra for the penultimate piece in their programme, the aptly named Caledonia.
Whilst all of this was going on in the Senior School, down in the Green Hall on Tuesday Reception and Year 1 pupils took part in a Ballet Showcase: The Tales of Beatrix Potter, demonstrating the choreography and dance skills that they have developed during their weekly ballet lessons. On Wednesday, it was the turn of the Year 2 pupils to perform.
On Wednesday evening, our Remove IGCSE Drama pupils captivated their audience with their performances of a selection of abridged plays, ranging from classics like Romeo and Juliet to modern day humour.
Friday brought the final day of the Arts week celebration; the Prep School musicians gave excellent performances at a lunchtime concert in the Betjeman pit, attracting a large crowd, similar to that which the Senior School lunchtime event had seen at the beginning of the week. The week was very nicely rounded off with portrait drawing in a bustling LRC, hosted by the Senior School Art department.
Director of Music