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Malcolm Arnold Festival 2017

Saturday 14th October

Launch by David Mellor
Concert to include Flourish for Orchestra, Return of Odysseus and Scottish Dances.
Glasgow Philharmonia – cond. Ross Gunning and Simon Toyne.

‘Mr Pye, an Island’ This radio play with music by Malcolm will be presented in a live production for the first time since its original broadcast exactly 60 years ago.
Family Concert – St Matthews
Glasgow Philharmonia cond. Ross Gunning feat. Phillip Achille (harmonica) Programme to include Harry Potter Suite, 8 Childrens’ pieces arranged for orchestra, Harmonica Concerto and the World Premiere of a new Tim Bowers commission for solo harmonica and more!

Rushden Brass Band
Programme to be announced.

Arnold and the war years
Jack Lambert with the Jenny Dyson Quintet. Jack Lambert introduces a fascinating concert including music written during the war years by Malcolm Arnold and other composers.

Sunday 15th October

Dame Monica Mason

In conversation with Tony Meredith.

NMPAT: Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust

The Forgotten Documentaries (part 2) with John Griff
BBC Radio Northampton star John Griff introduces the 2nd part of this highly popular series of introductions to Malcolm’s music for the big and little screen.

Song recital – Claire Thompson and Scott Mitchell.
Which will include the World Premiere performance of the complete Kensington Gardens song cycle.


The Janus Ensemble conducted by Ben Palmer Programme will include Symphony for Strings and Concertinos for Recorder, Flute and Oboe.


Gala Concert

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra cond. John Gibbons
Concert to include suite from Bridge over the River Kwai, the World Premiere of the Heroes of Telemark Suite, Symphony no.5 and Grieg Piano Concerto.