Malcolm Arnold Archive deposited at Eton College Library
A substantial collection of the manuscripts of the composer Malcolm Arnold (1921-2006) has been deposited at Eton College Library on loan, and is now available to scholars for research. The archive, which brings material previously on loan to the Royal College of Music together with privately held manuscripts hitherto unavailable to the public, has been catalogued on the Eton College Collections online database: http://collections.etoncollege.com/ms-921
The archive consists predominantly of Arnold’s autograph music scores, spanning his lifetime and his broad musical range. The manuscripts include scores written for orchestra, chamber, solo piano and film, including the Four Cornish Dances
and Serenade for Small Orchestra.
Among the film scores are Suddenly Last Summer, The Inn of the Sixth Happiness,
and St Trinians
, together with associated correspondence on their composition. There are also more intimate pieces, including pieces Arnold wrote for family occasions.
The majority of these are fair copy manuscripts but some are performance copies or have manuscript markings and annotations on them. Accompanying the music scores are autograph letters to Malcolm Arnold from a number of his contemporaries, several scrapbooks, sheet music owned by Arnold and photograph albums. As a whole, the archive gives a unique insight into the compositional processes of one of the foremost British composers of the 20th century.
The archive can be consulted via appointment (Mon-Fri, 9.30am to 5pm) by contacting Eton College Library. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
, or ring 01753 370590.
The Malcolm Arnold Fantasies Competition, initiated by The Wallace Collection, sees four outstanding brass musicians selected to contribute to a unique recording project and perform at the forthcoming Malcolm Arnold Festival on 15th October 2016.
The audition panel included John Wallace and Tony George of The Wallace Collection, and after completing an audition tour which took place at 4 venues across the UK (Royal Academy of Music, Royal Welsh Academy of Music and Drama, Royal Northern College of Music and Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), the winners have now been selected:
Michael Gibbs - Horn (Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama)
Illiam Quaine - Trumpet (Royal Northern College of Music)
Benny Vernon - Trombone (Royal Academy of Music)
Stuart Beard - Tuba (Royal Academy of Music)
In addition to selecting the four players to record the Fantasies and perform at the Malcolm Arnold Festival in October, further recognition was given to the best performance across all the auditions. This has been awarded to Stuart Beard (Tuba), studying at Royal Academy of Music. As part of this additional award, Stuart will also appear as a guest soloist with The National Youth Brass Bands of Scotland in summer 2016.
The recording project brings together Arnold’s works for brass, to create a CD – Arnold for Brass which will be released under The Wallace Collection/Nimbus Alliance label at the Malcolm Arnold Festival in October, marking the 10th anniversary of Sir Malcolm’s death. As a significant reappraisal of the life’s work of Malcolm Arnold, the recording will incorporate performances from The Wallace Collection, The National Youth Brass Band of Scotland (which originally commissioned Little Suite for Brass No 1 in 1963), RCS Brass and the four winners of the Fantasies Competition – who will record the Fantasies for Horn, Trumpet, Trombone and Tuba and in so doing pay tribute to the rejuvenation of these works through their rediscovery of these works at the outset of their careers.
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The Chamber Ensemble of London and their soloists bring a wonderful depth of colour and feeling to their interpretation of Arnold's music, and their performances shine throughout this CD. An important addition to the recording catalogue. To place an order click here
British Serenade - Chamber Ensemble of London
Heritage Records - catalogue HTGCD 204
World Premiere recordings of 'Concertino for Clarinet and Strings' op 29a, and 'Five Pieces for Violin and String Orchestra' op 84a
To commemorate the 10th anniversary this year of Malcolm Arnold's death the Chamber Ensemble of London, directed by violinist Peter Fisher, have released a new CD on Heritage Records featuring three works by the composer. The disc includes two world premiere Arnold recordings: 'Concertino for Clarinet and Strings' with soloist Peter Cigleris (arr. Roger Steptoe ), and the ' Five Pieces for Violin and String Orchestra' with soloist Peter Fisher (arr. Philip Lane). Also on this CD is included the evocative 'Serenade for Guitar and Strings', with guitarist Michael Butten.
Sir Malcolm Arnold: the complete Conifer recordings Box Set
Sony Music Classical - catalogue: 88875181702
Marking the 10th anniversary this year of the composer's death, Sony have re-released the renowned Conifer series of Arnold recordings in a special Box Set. Central to this treasure trove are the nine symphonies conducted by Vernon Handley during the 1990s, many which were recorded in the presence of the composer.
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The 'Padstow Lifeboat March' Op 94 is soon to form part of the RNLI's special Heritage installation at the Padstow Lifeboat Station in Cornwall, for viewing at the end of November. The visitor's centre is open to the public weekdays from 10am-4pm . Click here for information
This joyous, celebratory march was first performed in Cornwall by the St Dennis Silver Band on 19 July 1968 at the launch of Padstow's new lifeboat by the Duke of Kent . One of the most popular works ever written for brass band, the published score carries the note: "The Padstow Lifeboat has a long and distinguished record. The new lifeboat station is near Trevose lighthouse whose fog horn varies in pitch between middle C and D. For the sake of musical unity it remains D throughout this march."
Malcolm Arnold's years in St Merryn, Cornwall (1964-1972) were amongst the happiest and most productive in his life. His close connection with the people of Cornwall was honoured recently by the Malcolm Arnold Society with a special plaque situated on the Quay at Padstow. The memorial was unveiled by the composer's daughter, Katherine Arnold, in May 2014.
Oboe Quartet Op 61 (1957)
New CD release on Oboe Classics CC 2030
“... admirers of the Arnold should also listen to a new recording by Cuarteto Emispherio (Oboe Classics). Oboist Sarah Roper and colleagues really get the Arnold Quartet.”
Ronald E. Grames - Fanfare - July/August 2016
"... Roper is particularly effective in the ethereal movement, as she is so suited to playing long, quiet, sustained, potentially exhausting melody lines, without the slightest indication of strain, and with the utmost relaxed and smooth projection ..."
Jean Belfy - International Double Reed Society - Spring 2016
"A most remarkable work defined by its haunting and extended slow movement (with some particularly beautiful solos from violin and viola) flanked by energetic, highly engaging and lyrical outer movements. Oboist Sarah Roper's lyrical and technically assured playing makes an immediate impact. A 'must have' CD."
George Caird - Double Reed News - Winter 2015
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Inexplicably, this major work is now rarely heard live in the concert hall today. A specially commissioned film from Director Kriss Russman examines the power of Symphony 7 with those who passionately believe it to be a neglected masterpiece:
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