Seasonal Festival of Music 2023

On Sunday, 10th December 2023, Marlborough College Malaysia hosted the first Seasonal Festival of Music, a new event introduced by the Master, Mr Simon Burbury. The event brought together musicians and singers from across the College who performed various Carols and Christmas songs throughout the evening in the magically transformed Senior Sports Hall.


The performance opened with Isabel A singing the traditional solo of Once in Royal David’s City, a spine tingling moment. This marked the start of a delightful evening filled with performances from the Jazz Band, the Flute Choir, Prep and Senior Choirs, the Jazz Quintet, the String Quintet, the Prep Orchestra, and the Symphony Orchestra. 


The show stopping pieces were the four carols performed by the College Orchestra, an impressive 90 piece orchestra, and the College Choir, of over 80 pupils and staff. The audience was invited to join in singing these carols, creating a truly spectacular sound as hundreds of voices sang in unison. The first performance was Once in Royal David’s City, conducted by Mr John Chitambo, a magical way to begin the Seasonal Festival of Music. Mr Zhen Wei Chew switched between modern jazz with Here Comes Santa Claus to the traditional Good King Wenceslas. O Come All Ye Faithful was conducted by the Master, Mr Simon Burbury, this rousing performance included the spectacular descant performed by the College Choir, always a crowd favourite. The closing performance was Hark! The Herald Angels Sing conducted by Mr Geraint Watkins an uplifting end to the Seasonal Festival of Music before everyone adjourned to the Main Dining Hall for some mince pies and Christmas cake.


The event highlighted the breadth of talent within the College, traditional carols were played alongside pop songs and they fit together seamlessly in this festive event. The Seasonal Festival of Music was a wonderful festive event, which brought the Community together in a carol concert that had the magic of Christmas throughout. It was the most wonderful way to round off the end of the Michaelmas term. 

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