May 2017 ''Parasol' (1960) (arr. K.I. Hÿtch: "A Pride of Parasols") It has just been announced that the premiere of a new setting of this work for chorus and orchestra will be given by the Framingham Earl Singers, conductor Kenneth IanHÿtch, on Saturday 6th May at the Central Baptist Church in Norwich. Malcolm Arnold's 'Parasol' was commissioned in 1960 by BBC TV to mark the opening of the Riverside Studios. The musical was first broadcast that same year on 20 March. Under Ian Hÿtch 's direction, a special schools performance was then given in 1987 at Wymondham College in the presence of the composer, and librettist Ned Sherrin. Ian recalls vivid memories of their discussions regarding 'Parasol' - Malcolm Arnold's only musical.to read the complete article click here
April 2017 Symphony 7 - a rarely heard masterpiece to be performed by Sinfonia Tamesa on April 1st. The chance to hear 'Symphony 7' performed live by this brilliant young orchestra is an occasion not to be missed! The symphony, together with Sir Malcolm's 'A Flourish for Orchestra' to open the concert, will be performed on April 1st by Sinfonia Tamesa, conductor Tom Hammond, at St James' Church, Sussex Gardens, London W2. Tickets may be ordered in advance from the Sinfonia Tamesa's own website: www.sinfoniatamesa.org.uk/next-concert
To watch a short clip from the orchestra's video, in which Tom Hammond, together with Simon Brackenborough (Editor and Founder of Corymbus Music Blog) expresses their thoughts on Malcolm Arnold's 'Symphony 7'- click here.
October 2016 The 11th Malcolm Arnold Festival - "The Voice of the People" Royal & Derngate, Northampton - 15 & 16 October . Director Paul Harris introduces this year's celebration of the life and work of Malcolm Arnold. A weekend of glorious music, concerts, talks and events, surprising first performances, and new commissions : DIRECTOR'S LETTER
Welcome to the 11th Malcolm Arnold Festival! We’ve called it ‘The Voice of the People’ - which of course sums up Sir Malcolm’s intentions as a composer. He was always determined to write music that could be immediately appreciated and although he embraced many 20th century ‘isms, his music remains utterly accessible.
As usual, there are endless highlights, special events and special guests. Among them …
We launch, on Saturday October 15th at 11am at our regular venue, the wonderful Royal & Derngate in Northampton, with composer Nigel Hess following in the footsteps of Hayley Mills, Robert Hardy, Tim Rice, John Wallace and all our other distinguished ‘launchers’! The Launch concert will include a performance of Song of Simeon – Nicolas Chagrin, who played the very first Simeon in 1960, will be a very special guest – and the World Premiere of Malcolm’s unfinished Opera, ‘Henri Christophe’ in fact he only completed 27 pages of orchestral introduction. We’ll be hearing these pages for the first time ever! For the Director's letter in full click here ...
March 2016 The world premiere of "Generation Y" by choreographer Antoine Jully , with music by Malcolm Arnold, was given by the Oldenburg Ballet Company on 5th March at the Oldenburgisches Staatstheater, Germany.
In choosing Arnold's momentous and heartfelt 'Symphony 5 ' for this new ballet, the choreographer explains" I am always looking for new music and new ways to think and to inspire myself ... the 5th symphony gave me what I was looking for emotionally. It is a pure composition, with a wide colour panel of expressions."
The production of "Generation Y" runs from 5 March - 23 June 2016. To book tickets and for information on the Oldenburg Ballet Company visit: www.staatstheater.de
To watch an excerpt from the ballet "Generation Y" click here ...
The German premiere of 'Symphony 9' and world premiere of '3 Songs from the Tempest' (arr. choir and orchestra) will be given by the Cologne University Symphony Orchestra, conductor Tobias van der Locht, at the University of Cologne on 18 July.
Tobias van der Locht's own arrangement for choir and orchestra of Malcolm Arnold's '3 Songs from the Tempest' will be performed by the Cologne University Chorus. This special concert commemorates the 10th anniversary this year of Malcolm Arnold's death, and the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare. To reserve tickets phone: 0049 (0) 221 470 4196 - or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The orchestra under their conductor Tobias van der Locht perform 'Symphony 9' again on 19 July, at the Audimax der Universität in Bochum.
April 2015 Sonata for Strings ('String Quartet 2' arr. D. Matthews) / Orchestra of St Paul's, conductor Ben Palmer New CD release on Somm Recordings "...The opening of the Allegro of 'Sonata for Strings' arranged by David Matthews after the 'String Quartet No.2' by Malcolm Arnold positively glows... The orchestra brings rich, broader textures with some fabulous string playing, the lower strings providing some terrific underpinning of the rhythm and texture." The Classical Reviewer April 2015.
For full reviewclick here
"... From Somm, comes a beguiling rendition of 'Sonata for Strings' ... played by the 16-strong
Orchestra of St. Paul’s, conducted by Ben Palmer. May I offer a warning to listeners? If you are in any way a sentimental person, it might be best to avoid playing the fourth movement Allegretto-Vivace-Lento music of the sonata: Arnold has written a wistful, soft-flickering idea, so simple, so evocative of lost days, or lost loves or deep memories of some kind – irreplaceable and locked-in-the-heart – that it is difficult not to feel a gulp in the throat, or the tingle of a tear at the corner of the eye. This is a truly beautiful piece of writing, and Ben Palmer’s players make much of its deep saying; its gentle, poignant, understated magic." Stuart Millson - Music Editor, The Quarterly Review 18/04/2015
January 2016 The Wallace Collection, led by renowned international trumpet soloist John Wallace, with the National Youth Brass Band of Scotland and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Brass, announce their exciting plans for 2016:
'When the National Youth Brass Band of Scotland (NYBBS) commissioned and then performed Malcolm Arnold's 'Little Suite for Brass no. 1' in 1963, two of the present Wallace Collection - John Wallace and John Miller, at the time young NYBBS members, were introduced to the enduring power of the music and of the man himself. Here now, more than fifty years after that first immersion, the Wallace Collection explore anew the breadth and diversity of Arnold's music for brass, from the crystal-clear waters of the 'Quintet no.1' to the darkest depths of the 'Symphony for Brass'. The timeless appeal of the music is reflected in the fact that the four fantasies for horn, trumpet, trombone and tuba are recorded by four young players at the outset of their careers, chosen by competitive audition in London, Cardiff, Manchester and Glasgow through the Fantasy Competition initiated by The Wallace Collection, in partnership with the Malcolm Arnold Trust.
The young players of NYBBS continue that great institution's connection with Arnold, by recording all of his music for brass band, conducted by Richard Evans and Russell Gray, with some pertinent transcriptions like 'Tam O'Shanter '(by Howard Snell) thrown in for good measure. The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Brass add in the serendipitous genius of all the Fanfares for special occasions, from 'Fanfare for Louis' to 'Railway Fanfare'.
With the Compleat Arnold for Brass the Wallace Collection, NYBBS, RCS Brass and the four young soloists add sparkle as well as weight to the current reappraisal of Sir Malcolm Arnold's life's work coinciding with the tenth anniversary of his death. The CD will be recorded during 2016 and will be launched through the Wallace Collection/Nimbus Alliance label at the Malcolm Arnold Festival in Northampton in October.'
The 10th Malcolm Arnold Festival. Director Paul Harris reveals some of this years’ very special events… Welcome to the 10th Malcolm Arnold Festival! I’ve called it ‘A Gesture of Friendship’ – Sir Malcolm’s own delightful explanation of what music is all about. And what a terrific Festival we have in store for you. There are SO many highlights, special events and special guests appearing – here are just some of them ...click here
March 2015 'The Dancing Master' Silk Street Theatre, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, March 2/4/6/9 Conductor: Dominic Wheeler / Director: Martin Lloyd-Evans
In this first fully staged production of 'The Dancing Master', a one act opera dating from 1952, the score sparkled into life under the baton of conductor Dominic Wheeler. The opera is suffused with vintage Arnold melodies and orchestral colour, and the GSMD's imaginative production showcased the brilliance of the vocal and instrumental talent to be found at the conservatoire's prestigious opera department.
"The first staging anywhere of a one-act opera by Malcolm Arnold, the English 20th century
composer whose idiosyncratic wit, lyrical gifts and craftsmanship are being increasingly appreciated.
... a score - somewhere between Puccini's 'Gianni Schicchi' and Stravinsky's 'Rakes Progress' - that bubbles with rude brass interjections and delectable melody." The Times 04/03/2015
" ... witty, sparkling and imaginatively realised ... rich of melody and full of wit and impulsiveness. Wheeler drew very fine performances from stage and pit." Opera for Today 06/03/2015
" ...a scintillating performance." The Financial Times (**** 4 star review) 03/03/2015
"... Malcolm Arnold’s adaptation of Wycherley’s restoration drama crackles with wit at the Guildhall". The Observer 08/03/2015
February 2015 The Roots of Heaven + David Copperfield Moscow Symphony Orchestra, conductor William Stromberg Naxos Film Music Classics Prolific and prodigious in his creative output throughout the 1950s, Malcolm Arnold's score for the film 'The Roots of Heaven' was written at the height of his international fame as a film composer. Directed by John Huston and set in French Equatorial Africa, the film was made in 1958 and starred, amongst others, Errol Flynn, Trevor Howard. The composer went on to use music from this film in his concert work 'Overture: The Roots of Heaven'.
That one of Malcolm Arnold's last film scores should also be one of his best is only fitting. In the 1969 film adaptation of 'David Copperfield' - starring Richard Attenborough and Edith Evans - the music bears all the warmth and breadth of the composer at his incomparable best.
The scores for both 'Roots of Heaven' and 'David Copperfield' were carefully restored by John Morgan in 2001 for a Naxos/Marco Polo CD featuring the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, conducted by William Stromberg. This acclaimed disc has now been re-released by Naxos.
October, 2014 The Three Musketeers Canadian premiere: Alberta Ballet "... a stunningly synchronous masterpiece ...Balletomanes will surely appreciate the production’s fusion of effective storytelling and captivating movement." The Wanderer, 08/11/2014 "... music that glittered ... " Calgary Herald, 25/10/2014
On 23 October an enthusiastic audience of 2,000 warmly greeted the Canadian premiere of 'The Three Musketeers', the first of a series of outstanding performances given by the Alberta Ballet Company at the Jubilee Auditorium in Calgary and in Edmonton.
In introducing their season, the Company's Artistic Director, Jean Grand-Maitre, acknowledged the special significance of working with 'The Three Musketeers' choreographer David Nixon: "Observing David rehearse the dancers in our studios has been a wonderful and educational experience for us all. His passion for movement is equal to his passion for theatre. ... He has been a fantastic teacher and we are very grateful to him for his committed and dedicated participation to this outstanding collaboration."
The 9th Malcolm Arnold Festival
October 18 and 19 at the Royal & Derngate, Northampton 'A Kaleidoscopic Imagination' Letter from Director Paul Harris, in which he unveils his exciting plans for October: "This year’s Festival we’ve entitled ‘A Kaleidoscopic Imagination’. For that is what Malcolm’s was. It’s given us scope for a wide-ranging and very colourful and varied collection of events.
So we have a real mix of Arnold, straddling so many of those different genres he loved and contributed to so effectively. We have some film music, music for the ballet, works for orchestra, chamber ensembles and instrumental music. Special mention must be made of the ‘The Open Window’.We’re featuring a very rare performance of ‘The Open Window’ with the full orchestral accompaniment. This may only be the second time it’s been performed in this way ..."
Paul Harris For the Director's letter in full, click here ... For further information, click here ...
October 2014 The Berkeley Ensemble. The Ensemble's brilliant and innovative programme for the autumn will include Arnold's opera 'The Open Window' (18 October at the Malcolm Arnold Festival, Northampton) and 'Phantasy for String Quartet,Vita Abundans' (26th October at The Forge, Camden, London)
'The Open Window' is a delightful small scale opera, full of sardonic humour and wit. The opportunity to experience the Berkeley Ensemble's performance at this year's Arnold Festival should not be missed!
The life and legacy of the great philanthropist Walter Willson Cobbett (1847 – 1937) is explored and celebrated in a special Berkeley Ensemble concert series entitled 'Cobbett's Legacy' at The Forge in Camden. The second concert in the series, on 26th October at 11am, will include Malcolm Arnold’s 'Vita Abundans', runner up in the prestigious Cobbett Prize at the Royal College of Music in 1941. The winner was Arnold’s close friend Ruth Gipps, who apparently felt that Arnold should have won. A youthful work in the Arnold canon, 'Vita Abundans' is a joyful, atmospheric piece which demonstrates an emerging sense of the distinctive Arnold style.
See www.berkeleyenseccccmble.co.uk for more details.
August 2014 Suite Bourgeoise, choreographer Jo Meredith; National Youth Ballet of Great Britain world premiere, 21st August As part of a "dazzling mixed bill to delight all ages" an exciting new ballet by choreographer Jo Meredith, with music by Malcolm Arnold, will receive its premiere on 21st August at The Stag, Sevenoaks, Kent. This renowned and inspirational ballet company, under its founder/director Jill Tookey, are giving a further four performances of 'Suite Bourgeoise' at The Stag on 22 & 23 August respectively (both matinee + evening shows). The London premiere takes place at the NYB's special Gala Evening at the New Theatre Wimbledon on 1st September.
For further information, and to book tickets: The Stag, Sevenoaks, Kent click here ...
Alan Poulton, Chairman of the Malcolm Arnold Society, announces the unveiling of a special memorial plaque in honour of the composer: Padstow, 26 May
Around 3.30 p.m. on Spring Bank Holiday Monday, 26 May 2014, members of The Malcolm Arnold Society will descend on the Cornish fishing village of Padstow for the unveiling of a special memorial plaque donated by one of its longest serving members, Frank Brand. Between 1966 and 1971 the eminent British composer Sir Malcolm Arnold CBE lived at Primrose Cottage in St Merryn just a few miles from the harbour at Padstow. For more information click here ...
May 2014 German born conductor Tobias van de Locht's commitment to perform Malcolm Arnold's symphonies across Europe continues apace! This year alone Tobias has conducted two national premieres of 'Symphony 8' with the Sinfonia Koenigswinter in Holland and in Germany, on 26 April and 18 May respectively. 'Bonner Rundschau' glowingly reviewed 'Symphony 8' which opened the Sinfonia Koenigswinter's programme on 26 April in Dordrect: "One could not think of a more appropriate or more dramatic opening to a symphony concert ... a work full of contrasts which orchestra and conductor brought out brilliantly, with brutal accents interrupted by the most tender tunes."
Other major Arnold performances have now been confirmed for Tobias van de Locht's 2014 diary: two performances of 'Clarinet Concerto 2' (soloist Pamela Coats) are scheduled for 28 September at the Zehntscheune Kloster Heisterback, and the Augustinum Bonn, and 'Symphony 5' on 8 November with the Rhein-Ruhr Philharmonie at the Geblasehalle, Hattingen. For further information click here ...
APRIL 2014 ARNOLD CONIFER RECORDINGS NOW AVAILABLE FROM ARKIV MUSIC Now, I'm sure many readers are way ahead of me but I've only recently come across http://www.arkivmusic.com/. It was in April 1996 that Conifer was 'absorbed' into BMG, so it's hardly surprising that recordings have since been deleted. You may imagine how delighted I was to find that ArkivMusic, by arrangement with Sony/BMG, are now offering many Conifer titles. Most prominent is a goodly selection of our Arnold recordings, long since unavailable. It's not the complete series - well, not yet anyway! I have no idea what are their criteria for adding titles to their list, but I suspect that enough enquiries from Arnoldians might encourage them to complete the set. In the meantime, we should be grateful that they have done so much. I think ArkivMusik deserve our support - their website is full of goodies! www.ArkivMusic.com
Former Director of Artists & Repertoire, Conifer Classics
March 2013 Symphony 5 in America - Sheldon Bair and the Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra The American conductor Sheldon Bair has a long held and deep commitment to the music of Malcolm Arnold. Under his baton, and in the presence of the composer, the SSO gave the US premiere of Symphony 9 in March 2000. Other works he has introduced to the orchestra's repertoire include Symphony 1 (US premiere 2001) and the Concerto for Oboe and Strings, alongside several film suites and overtures.
Sheldon will soon be adding to this impressive list when he conducts the SSO in a performance of Arnold's mighty Symphony 5 on 9 March, at the Bel Air High School, Maryland. He shares here a few observations on the joys of rehearsing this work with such a talented community orchestra .... read more
January 2013 Malcolm Arnold Trumpet Competition The very first 'Malcolm Arnold Trumpet Competition' at Wells Cathedral School took place on January 29th.
The brain-child of Well's Head of Brass, Paul Denegri, this inaugural event featured students from the school - but from 2014 the competition will be open to candidates across the UK. The Wells Cathedral School is one of Britain's flagship specialist music schools, passionate in its support and development of young musicians. The naming of this annual competition is a wonderful acknowledgement of Sir Malcolm's contribution to musical life in this country, as trumpeter and composer - and as a champion of music and youth. The eminent adjudicator for the day was celebrated trumpeter and soloist Crispian Steele-Perkins.
The results of this year's competition are:
Winner - Meghan Shepherd
Highly Commended - Hafren Park
Winner - Julius Scholz
Winner - Rebecca Toal
Most promising young player of 2013: Biba Cole.
The 2014 Malcolm Arnold Trumpet Competition will take place on Tuesday 28 January. For further information, please contact: Katy Chantrey, Press and Marketing, Wells Cathedral School.(E-mail: email@example.com )
January 2013 Symphony 5 - "Symphony in a Weekend" with the Open University Orchestra The 'OU Orchestra' is an amateur orchestra based at the Open University, Milton Keynes, and open to staff, students & people living or working nearby. It gives two public concerts a year, and plays music across the symphonic orchestra repertoire. 'Symphony in a Weekend' was established a few years ago in order to perform and promote one-off orchestral events, with the aim of exploring works possibly beyond the scope of many amateur orchestras.
Conductor Hugh Molloy suggested the OU Orchestra looked at Malcolm Arnold’s 'Symphony No. 5', and it soon became clear it was an excellent candidate for a one-off event. Consequently the idea of “Arnold in an afternoon” was born, which will take place in the Hub Theatre at The Open University, Milton Keynes on Sunday 3 February. The afternoon starts at 2:00pm for those playing, and will finish with a run through performance at 5:00pm to which all are invited. The event will be conducted by Hugh Molloy.
For further information, click here ...Open University Orchestra and Symphony in a Weekend
December 2012 'Song of Praise, Op 55' The Northampton Bach Choir, under their Music Director Lee Dunleavy, have included Malcolm Arnold's 'Song of Praise' (text by John Clare) on their new compilation CD entitled 'I was Glad'. This new recording, by one of the UK's leading choirs, is available on Regent Records (NBC002) and may be ordered direct from their website. To order click here ...
October 2012 The 7th Malcolm Arnold Festival - 20-21 October Royal & Derngate, Northampton
Paul Harris, the Festival's Artistic Director, announces the programme of performances and events:
"This year's Festival has a 'stage and screen' theme and among the many exciting events is a world premiere. Sir Malcolm's opera, The Dancing Master, written 60 years ago, will receive its first performance. It is a comedy of manners and mistaken identity that has already generated a considerable amount of interest, and is not to be missed. In addition, we will hear some of Sir Malcolm's best loved film music and four of his five colourful ballet scores, plus a host of highly attractive small works and some fascinating talks. We much look forward to your company."
Tickets on sale from August 2012 - Box Office 01604 624811
For further information click here ...
October 2012 Concerto for Clarinet No 2. A soloist renowned for his dazzling technique and sensitive musicianship, clarinettist Michael Collins early in 2012 recorded Malcolm Arnold's Clarinet Concert No 2 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra . This recording, on the Chandos label, marks the beginning of a new survey of British clarinet concertos, in which Michael Collins combines the role of clarinet soloist and conductor. The CD (CHAN10739) was released in October 2012. " A triumph for all concerned especially Michael Collins ... I suspect this will be judged as Collins’ finest recording to date and one of the finest concerto discs of the year. " Nick Barnard MusicWeb International -"Recording of the Month" - for complete reviewclick here To order CD copies and for further informationclick here
July 2012 Symphony 1 - recorded by the BBC Concert Orchestra, conductor Keith Lockhart, is currently available with the August edition of the BBC Music Magazine.
This superb performance of an early Arnold work (dating from 1949) was recorded by the BBC at the Watford Colosseum on 3rd November 2011, and broadcast on Radio 3 on 2nd December.
July 2012 Concerto for Recorder. Michael Petri / City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong new CD release on OUR Recordings:
Malcolm Arnold composed his 'Recorder Concerto' in 1988 for the renowned soloist Michala Petri - for whom he had written his 'Fantasy for Descant Recorder' just two years earlier. Petri and the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, conductor Jean Thorel, have recorded the work and the newly released CD is now available on the OUR Recordings label. The concerto has a duration of 14 minutes and is made up of three movements, with the soloist called upon to play the soprano recorder in the iridescent two outer movements, and the sopranino (used to magical effect) in the expressive, slow central section. One of the world's great exponents of the recorder, Michala Petri's performance is an inspiration. To order ... click here
June 2012 The Padstow Lifeboat: March for Orchestra - to be performed by the LPO in the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant - Sunday, 3 June.
The Pageant will be a spectacular event, featuring a 1000-boat flotilla tribute to Her Majesty's 60-year reign. The final music herald barge will feature the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor David Parry, performing British repertoire. A CD of the music performed at the Pageant is available on the LPO label from retail outlets UK-wide and via the LPO website.
April 2012 Re-release of original 1961 recording of Malcolm Arnold's 'Guitar Concerto':
Soloist (and dedicatee) Julian Bream and the Melos Ensemble, are conducted by the composer in this superb recording, now available on the Alto label (ALC 1174). Read more ...
Blu-ray release of the 1958 John Huston/Malcolm Arnold film 'Roots of Heaven'.
This action-packed film tells of the battle to preserve the wild elephant herds of French Equatorial Africa. Starring Trevor Howard, Errol Flynn, Juliette Greco and Orson Wells – with a glorious score by Malcolm Arnold – the story is driven by the passionate belief of a crusading environmentalist (Merel, played by Trevor Howard) to preserve the African elephant from extinction.
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Cello Concerto, Op 136; Concertino for Flute and Strings, Op 19a; Fantasy for Recorder and String Quartet, Op 140;
Saxophone Concerto; Symphony for Strings, Op 13
Raphael Wallfish (cello); Esther Ingham (flute); John Turner (recorder)
Carl Raven (saxophone)
Northern Chamber Orchestra / conductor Nicholas Ward;
Manchester Sinfonia / conductor Richard Howarth
Gramophone Magazine, November 2011 – Andrew Achenbach
"No true Arnold enthusiast will want to miss this valuable release".Read more …
October 2011 The Sixth Annual Malcolm Arnold Festival 21st – 23 October 2011:
Paul Harris, Artistic Director of the Malcolm Arnold Festival, celebrated the 90th anniversary of the birth of the composer in the best way possible in October: all nine of Sir Malcolm’s magnificent symphonies were performed over one weekend in his home town of Northampton.Read more …
Gramophone Magazine, January 2012 - Ivan March "...The weekend was unforgettably stimulating." Read more …
Musical Opinion, November/December 2011 – Edward Clark “This festival, under the inspired direction of Paul Harris, offered the most comprehensive assessment of Arnold’s stature as a composer … a true genius living in changing and troubled times.”
October 2011 Celebrating the genius of Sir Malcolm Arnold
Malcolm Arnold Festival - Peninsula Arts & Plymouth University (28-30 October) Simon Ible, Director of Music
On 28 October at Plymouth University Simon Ible launched this exciting music and film festival with his personal reflections of the man and his music.
From 1999 until his death in 2006, Malcolm Arnold was an Honorary Patron of the Ten Tors Orchestra. To mark the 90th anniversary of the composer’s birth this October, the orchestra performed his ‘Little Suite for Orchestra No 1’, ‘Sinfonietta No.1’, ‘Four Cornish Dances’ – and the rarely heard ‘Viola Concerto’, with the brilliant young soloist Richard Waters. The concert, conducted by Simon Ible, took place at St Andrew’s Minster Church, Plymouth on the 29th October.
The festival also featured the Arnold Camerata, who paid their own tribute to the composer in their concert on 30th October at the Sherwell Centre. Their programme tapped into the rich seam of Arnold chamber works, including the ‘Wind Quintet Op 2’, ‘Fantasy for Flute’, Fantasy for Oboe’, ‘Fantasy for Flute & Clarinet’, ‘Divertimento for Flute, Oboe & Clarinet’, and the much loved ‘Three Shanties for Wind Quintet’.
Malcolm Arnold’s film music was one of the highlights at this festival, with screenings of ‘Whistle Down the Wind’(1961), ‘The Belles of St Trinians’ (1954), ‘Hobson’s Choice’(1954), and ‘Bridge on the River Kwai’(1957). These iconic films – together with Tony Palmer’s powerful 2003 documentary ‘Towards the Unknown Region’ – were shown at Plymouth’s Jill Craigie Cinema.
May 2011 Wells Cathedral School: Malcolm Arnold 90th anniversary concert
In recognition of 90th anniversary this year of Sir Malcolm Arnold’s birth, Wells Cathedral School presents a special concert on May 13th, ‘England Labour and Love’, featuring Sir Malcolm’s music for brass. Wells Cathedral School’s Brass Department will this year also be celebrating its 25th anniversary as a DfES Specialist department, when the first brass specialists, Matthew Gunner (horn) and Ceri McInally (tuba) arrived, along with the current Head of Brass Paul Denegri in 1986.
As Sir Malcolm was a distinguished trumpet player and he held a keen interest in young musicians, there seems no more fitting event than an evening that will celebrate these 2 anniversaries. The concert will feature, amongst others, all his brass unaccompanied ‘Fantasies’ for trumpet, trombone, horn and tuba, his ‘Trumpet Concerto’, various fanfares, his 2 brass quintets and Sir Malcolm’s demanding ‘Symphony for Brass’. The concert, which starts at 7.30pm, will be held in the school’s 16th century recital hall and will feature the Brass Department’s finest young musicians on the CfES specialist music scheme.
For further information: Tel 01749 934483
Paul Denegri, Hon ARAM, FTCL, LTCL.
April 2011 A special reunion event will take place at the Barbican on 12 April. Many of the original actors who played the ‘girls’ in the 1954 film The Belles of St Trinians will gather together on stage at Cinema 1 at 6pm, prior to a screening of this iconic film.
With a glorious score by Malcolm Arnold, The Belles of St Trinians is based on cartoons by the artist Ronald Searle. The stellar cast is led by Alastair Sim as the unorthodox headmistress of a prestigious boarding school for “young ladies”, George Cole as wide-boy “flash Harry”, Joyce Grenfell, Hermione Baddeley, Beryl Reid, Irene Handl and Joan Sims. Directed by Frank Launder, the anarchy, mayhem and laughter to be found in this very British film has never been bettered. To book tickets and for further information click here: http://www.barbican.org.uk/film/event-detail.asp?ID=12032
The death of Richard Adeney (1920–2010), one of the leading flautists of our age, was announced on 16 December 2010. The passing of this fine musician, at the age of 91, was sad news to music lovers everywhere - but most especially in the UK, where he played a significant role in British musical life for well over 60 years. A life long friend and professional colleague of Malcolm Arnold, whom he first met during their teenage years together at the Royal College of Music, Richard Adeney was the inspiration for many of Malcolm Arnold's works featuring the flute. The Grand Fantasia for Flute, Trumpet and Piano (1938), Sonata for Flute and Piano (1942), Sonatina for Flute and Piano Op. 19 (1948), Concerto for Flute and Strings Op. 45 (1954),and the Concerto No 2 for Flute and Orchestra Op. 111(1973) were all dedicated to, and first performed by, Richard Adeney.
As Principal Flute with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra and founder member of the Melos Ensemble, Richard Adeney also played in many world premiere performances and recordings of Malcolm Arnold’s orchestral works.
John Gibbons continues his complete cycle of Malcolm Arnold symphonies with the Ealing Symphony Orchestra - Symphony 5 will be performed on October 9th at St Martin's Church in Acton. This acclaimed conductor discusses Arnold's place in the history of the symphony in the 20th century. Read more
Paul Harris, Artistic Director of the Malcolm Arnold Festival, speaks about his plans for the 5th Malcolm Arnold Festival, the weekend of 16th and 17 October 2010, at the Royal & Derngate, Northampton. (Box office opens on 23 April: Tel. 01604 624811)
"The Theme for this year's Festival will be Stage & Screen. Ideal mediums for Sit Malcolm's gloriously colourful, evocative and melodic music. In fact Sir Malcolm wrote the scores for over 70 major feature films - indeed in the 50s and 60s he was one of the most sought after film composers, both here and in Hollywood. There are 5 ballets, one musical and a fascinating assortment of incidental music. We shall be exploring each of these genres in this year's Festival, which will be launched by the legendary actress Hayley Mills, star of 'Whistle down the Wind'. During the launch 12 trumpeters from the award winning Northampton County Youth Orchestra will play Sir Malcolm's exuberant and high-spirited 'Hoffnung Fanfare' "... Read more
October 2010 To mark the 50th Anniversary of its composition, Sir Malcolm Arnold's spectacular and exuburant Hoffnung Fanfare heralds the opening of the 2010 Arnold Festival at the Royal & Derngate, with a performance given by 12 trumpeters from the award winning Northampton County Youth Orchestra. James Olcott, founder of Triplo Press and Professor of Trumpet at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, recalls how he first discovered, and came to publish, this remarkable work. Read more
The 1959 film ‘The Boy and the Bridge’ – directed by Kevin McClory with music by Malcolm Arnold – is to receive an all too rare screening this July. The British Film Institute will show this atmospheric and evocative film at 3pm on July 17, at the South Bank’s National Film Theatre 1. The film will be introduced by Robin Baker, Head Curator at the BFI Archives . Read more
Malcolm Arnold chosen for proposed new academy name. The David Ross Foundation is pleased to announce that its proposed new academy in Northampton will be called the Malcolm Arnold Academy. Over 400 students and staff submitted their suggestions for a name for the proposed new academy. Malcolm Arnold was the most popular choice for a unique academy name. Read more
The Stockholm Chamber Brass new release of Malcolm Arnold's Brass Quintet No1, Op 73 (BIS-CD 1438)
Gramophone Magazine, April 2010 – Richard Whitehouse
‘Malcolm Arnold’s First Quintet (1961) remains a model of how to invest the classical formal sequence with an immediately identifiable personality and a technical expertise acquirable only “from the inside”… a disc that, finely recorded and well annotated, deserves to be in the collection of more than just brass buffs’
November 2009 The Hitchin Symphony Orchestra was in celebration mode this November! With 4 major anniversaries to their credit - the 80th year of the orchestra’s founding, the 70th birthday year of the HSO’s President, John McCabe, the 40th anniversary of its Leader, Janet Hicks, and the 25th anniversary of their conductor Paul Adrian Rooke – a special concert was given by the orchestra on Saturday 21 November at St Mary’s Church, Hitchin. The programme, conducted by Paul Adrian Rooke, featured Sir Malcolm Arnold’s Symphony 3, Wagner’s Prelude to Act 3 of Lohengrin and Standford’s Violin Concerto.
October 2009 The conductor John Gibbons discusses Arnold’s Symphonic status with particular reference to the Fourth Symphony - a work he conducted in two concerts this October, including the gala evening at this year's 'Malcolm Arnold Festival' in Northampton. Read more
October 2010 The Fourth Malcolm Arnold Festival
I am delighted to be able to announce details of the Fourth Malcolm Arnold Festival, which will be taking place over the weekend of October 24th, and 25th at our home in the Royal and Derngate Theatre, Northampton. Read More
The fourth Malcolm Arnold Festival - Artistic Director Paul Harris
With the glorious sound of Malcolm Arnold’s 'Four Fanfares' for brass played by members of the NCO, the start of the fourth Malcolm Arnold Festival was heralded in true style at Northampton’s Royal & Derngate Theatre, on October 24th. In the presence of music lovers from throughout the UK and abroad, the eminent composer and pianist John McCabe CBE was invited by Paul Harris to officially launch this year’s exciting programme of events, including concerts, films and talks. Read more
October 2009 The Fourth Malcolm Arnold Festival
I am delighted to be able to announce details of the Fourth Malcolm Arnold Festival, which will be taking place over the weekend of October 24th, and 25th at our home in the Royal and Derngate Theatre, Northampton. Read More
The first Padstow Arts Festival takes place in early October, Friday the 2nd to Sunday the 4th. It will focus on being a celebration for two eminent former residents, Sir Malcolm Arnold, composer and Sir John Betjeman, poet and man of letters. Read More
October 2009 This autumn sees the release of an important and exciting new addition to the expanding Arnold/Chandos recording catalogue: Sir Malcolm Arnold – Ballet Music CHAN 10550, with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Rumon Gamba Rumon Gamba’s reading of the Arnold ballet scores on this disc – ‘Electra’, ‘Rinaldo & Armida’, and the two suites from ‘Homage to the Queen’ and ‘Sweeney Todd’ – shows once again the empathy and feeling this fine conductor has for Sir Malcolm’s music. The BBC Philharmonic deliver performances that combine all the sweep and élan needed for ballet music containing such brilliant colours; whilst in the haunting lyrical passages of ‘Rinaldo & Armida’ and ‘Homage to the Queen’ especially, their playing is at once nuanced and sensitive.
October 2009 In the glorious North Cornwall venues of Prideaux Place and St Petroc's Church, the very first ‘Padstow Arts Festival’ took place between the 2nd and the 4th October. The Festival celebrated the life and work of two of the town’s former residents, Sir Malcolm Arnold and Sir John Betjeman. Read More
October 2009 The Salieri Quartet has Malcolm Arnold's 'String Quartet 2' firmly established within their repertoire. Their leader, Nick Barnard, reflects on this profound work - and the process of bringing it to performance - with fascinating insight. Read more
Last night of the Proms: “A Grand, Grand Festival Overture” Reviews
The Sunday Telegraph, 13 September 2009
Classical music critic, Geoffrey Norris, reviews the last night of the Proms.
Vacuum cleaners and a floor-polisher were the bizarre stars of the evening. The 115th season of BBC Proms ended last night with the usual balloon-popping, flag-waving and lusty singing of "Land of Hope and Glory", but the novelty item, embellished with household appliances and rifle shots, came in the shape of Sir Malcolm Arnold's eight-minute "Grand, Grand Overture".
Consternation has often been expressed that Arnold, who died in 2006, has received little or no recognition at the Proms in recent years despite his major contributions to the film and concert repertoires, and, if the overture cannot be counted among his more serious works, it does at least show that he could cock a snook with the best of them. Read more
June 2009 Musicologist Dr Raphael Thoene, author of 'Malcolm Arnold - A Composer of Real Music: Symphonic Writing, Style and Aesthetics' (pub:Entercom Saurus) was interviewed on the subject of Malcolm Arnold's music for 'Music Academy onLIVE' on June 15th 2009.
April 2009 The Three Musketeers go to the Baltic in 2009 Read More
The Three Musketeers. An interview by Liina Viru, Literary Editor of the Estonian National Opera, with the Choreographer/Stage Director David Nixon (Northern Ballet Theatre), Set Designer Charles Cusick Smith, and dancers from the Estonian National Ballet, on the eve of their premiere of The Three Musketeers in Tallinn on 23 April. Read more
February 2009 Moritz Ernst plays Malcolm Arnold
Moritz Ernst has released a new all-Arnold CD on the Entercom Saurus label. The recording comprises major works from the Arnold catalogue, alongside several of the composer’s smaller piano pieces - gems rarely heard in the concert hall, still less available on CD. Read More
November 2008 Vernon Handley, CBE (1930-2008) / Richard Hickox, CBE (1948-2008)
The passing of any great musician and performer is a sad time for music lovers the world over. With the recent deaths this year of two of our leading conductors - Vernon Handley on September 10, and Richard Hickox on November 24 - we have indeed lost two of the greatest interpreters, and passionate champions, of British music of our time. Read More
October 2008 - Paul Harris announces his plans for this year’s Malcolm Arnold Festival!Read More
September 2008 - Newly published works from Queen's Temple PublicationsRead More
June 2008 - 'Homage to the Queen' to travel to China and JapanRead More
November 2007 - Arnold Sinfonia: Inaugural concert took place on 18th November 2007Read More
November 2007 - British Music Festival, featuring the music of Sir Malcolm Arnold, At St Petersburg, Russia November 2007 Read More
July 2007 - Malcolm Arnold - A Composer of Real Music: Symphonic Writing, Style and Aesthetics (R. Thoene/Entercom Saurus. ISBN 978-3937748061)Read More
Premier recording of Malcolm Arnold's stunning new ballet The Three Musketeers now released on the Quartz Label Read More
October, 2006 - Sir Malcolm Arnold: Burlesque for horn and orchestra (world premiere)Read More
September 2006 Decca announce Arnold edition Read More
September 2006 Bright Jewels music from the 1940's and 1950's (Review)Read More
Andrew McGregor, presenter of BBC Radio 3 CD Review, looks at the comprehensive survey of Arnold’s orchestral works on Decca, originally intended for release as an 85th birthday tribute Read More
June 2006 - It is marvellous news for all Arnoldophiles that in the coming months we shall see new productions of two of Arnold’s most popular works. Read More
June 2006 - Encomium for Sir Malcolm Arnold at the time of the award of an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Northampton Read More
October 2005- Sir Malcolm Arnold and the Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra Read More
August 2005 - Sir Malcolm Arnold Honoured with ISM AwardRead More
September 2004 - A Feast of Vintage Arnold in the Autumn A veritable feast of orchestral and brass band music by Sir Malcolm Arnold has been announced as part of the London Philharmonic Orchestra's 2004/5 season at London's Royal Festival Hall in September. Read More
September 2004 - Malcolm Arnold: Rogue Genius (A. Meredith & P. Harris/ElkinISBN 090341354X.) - David Mellor writes of Tony Meredith and Paul HarrisRead More
September 2004 - New video - Towards an Unknown Region released on video - acclaimed film maker Tony Palmer's portrait of Sir Malcolm, made for TV's South Bank Show, is now available on DVD and VHS video.Follow this link to buy online.
February 2003 - The Life and Music of Sir Malcolm Arnold: The Brilliant and the Dark (P.W.R. Jackson/Ashgate. ISBN 1859283810)Read More
January-April 2003 - A "Malcolm Arnold Fiesta" takes place in Texas from January to April this year with performances of many Arnold works attended by. Sir Malcolm and Anthony Day. Read More
Tom Hammond, Music Director of Sinfonia Tamesa
Paul Harris, Director of the Malcolm Arnold Festival
"Generation Y" - BallettCompagnie Oldenburg, choreographer Antoine Jully.
Tobias van der Locht, who will conduct the German premiere of Symphony 9 at the University of Cologne on 18 July.
John Wallace. A major recording project is announced for 2016
'The Dancing Master' - Guildhall School of Music & Drama
David Shipley, Lawrence Thackeray, Emma Kerr, Alison Rose
The Three Musketeers -The Alberta Ballet Company 2014. Photographer: Paul McGrath
Paul Harris, Director of the Malcolm Arnold Festival
The Berkeley Ensemble. Photo: Louise Mather
National Youth Ballet/Choreographer Jo Meredith. Photo: Tim Cross
John Kehoe, Former Director of Artists & Repertoire, Conifer Classics
Sheldon Bair and Sir Malcolm Arnold. Maryland, USA, March 2000
"Entrants from the Senior School at Wells Cathedral for the 2013 Malcolm Arnold Trumpet Competition: Rebecca Toal, Josh Betley, Joe Penaliggon, Ruairidh Matthews, Oliver Haines, Angharad Grimwood and Emily Harding, with Adjudicator Crispian Steele-Perkins". Photo credit: Katy Chantrey.
" Paul Harris, Artistic Director, The Malcolm Arnold Festival"