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Malcolm Arnold Festival 2013

Saturday 19th October

Dame Monica Mason
Festival Launch by Dame Monica Mason. During the launch we'll also hear the World Premiere of a specially commissioned Fanfare ' A Fanfare for Malcolm' by the very talented young composer Toby Young, who won the Malcolm Arnold composition competition a couple of years ago.
Malcolm Arnold Academy
‘The Turtle Drum’ Malcolm’s delightful work for young singers and small ensemble. Will receive a performance by members of the Malcolm Arnold Academy
The Berkeley Ensemble
The Berkeley Ensemble will perform a programme that will include both Malcolm's works for guitar and orchestra. The exceptional guitar concerto and the beautiful Serenade. The programme will also include our other World Premiere this year, an especially piece by our new musical peer Michael Berekley, who will be attending the performance.
Ealing Symphony Orchestra
Family Concert at St Matthews Church
John Gibbons will be conducting the Ealing Symphony Orchestra in a very enjoyable afternoon's family concert, which will include a rare performance of Malcolm's Organ Concerto, the suite from Sweeney Todd, the Recorder Concerto and a performance of the enduringly popular Peter and the Wolf.

It is our intention to bus anyone who wishes from Royal & Derngate to St Matthew's church for our special afternoon orchestral concert.

(The Ealing Symphony Orchestra and John Gibbons who will be performing at the Gala evening at the Opera)

Timothy Bowers
Timothy Bowers on the Concertos
You will notice that quite a few Concertos are popping into the programme this year and it is our intention to play as many of them as possible, spread over this and next year's Festivals. Following his wonderful essay on the Symphonies, Tim is actually writing a book on the Concertos and will discussing them in this very informative, illustrated talk.

Julian Metzger Piano Trio

Julian Metzger Piano Trio
Julian is bringing his excellent piano trio to perform Malcolm's wonderful Piano Trio op.54 The Hobson's Choice trio, the 5 pieces for Violin and Piano and the 3 Concert Studies by Alan Bush, a composer who Malcolm knew well

Sunday 20th October

The first of two fascinating illustrated talks on Malcolm Arnold's music given by young scholars.

The Northampton County Youth Orchestra

The Northampton County Youth Orchestra make another very welcome return to perform music a range of orchestral music to include the Anniversary Overture, the rarely performed Water Music and the stirring and evocative Peterloo. The programme will also include The Crimson Pirate by fellow Northampton composer Wiliam Alwyn.

The second of two fascinating illustrated talks on Malcolm Arnold's music given by young scholars.

Claire Thompson

Vocal Recital ‘I’ve never much cared for writing songs’ A Recital of most of Malcolm’s lovely songs to include the William Blake cycle and Kensington Gardens. Performed by Claire Thompson.
Malcolm speaks A fascinating look and listen to some interviews and recordings made by Sir Malcolm during his lifetime.

RNCM String Quartet will be playing both of Malcolm's String Quartets. In the case of the first, it will be it's premiere performance at a Malcolm Arnold festival.

Julian Bliss 19.30
Gala concert: 'Movie Classics'
The programme will include the world king of the clarinet Julian Bliss, who will be playing Malcolm's hugely popular 2nd Clarinet Concerto.

Programme details

Badelt - Pirates of the Caribbean
Arnold - Inn of the Sixth Happiness
Alywn - Odd Man Out
Williams - Schindler’s List
Arnold - Clarinet Concerto no.2


Alwyn - The True Glory
Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue
Barry - Out of Africa
Arnold - You know what sailors are
R-Korsakov - Flight of the Bumblebee
Ravel - Bolero