This year’s International Malcolm Arnold Festival will be the 17th addition and will be both live and online.
The first two days run in London – in Ealing on the evening of Saturday 8th October, and then at Malcolm’s alma mater, the Royal College of Music from 10:30am – 5:30pm on Sunday 9th October for a day of activities including talks, a cello masterclass with Julian Lloyd Webber, and two concerts of live music performed by students from the College, see details of programme below.
There will be further music, live-streamed and free-to-view, as part of the festival’s ‘Online Day’ on Sunday 30th October, including performances of all of Arnold’s Dances.
SATURDAY 8 OCTOBER, 7:30pm
St. Barnabas Church, Pitshanger Lane, London
Homage to the Queen
Hector Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique
Ealing Symphony Orchestra
John Gibbons, Conductor
Nick Budd, Trumpet
SUNDAY 9 OCTOBER
Performance Hall, Royal College of Music, London
Morning, from 10:30am
Arnold for Five:
Quintet for flute, violin, viola, horn and bassoon
Divertimento for Flute, Oboe and Clarinet
Three Sea Shanties for Wind Quintet
performed by RAM students
The Dancing Master (talk with live extracts)
Fantasy for Cello - Masterclass, with Julian Lloyd Webber
Afternoon, from 2:30pm
Malcolm and Ruth Gipps at the RCM (talk)
60th Anniversary Films (an introduction to some of the film scores)
A Final Feast, from 4.30pm
Concerto for Two Violins and String Orchestra (Soloists, Yume Fujise and Maja Horvat)
Five William Blake Songs Op.66 (Soloist, Magaret Cameron)
Variations on a Ukrainian folk song for strings
Hilary Davan Wetton, Conductor
RCM String Ensemble
Tickets can be purchased for both the morning and afternoon sessions at £12 each:
SUNDAY 30 OCTOBER – ONLINE DAY
Live-streamed and FREE-to-view, the Festival links up with performances around the UK from places linked to the composer.
English Dances performed by Northampton County Youth Orchestra.
Welsh Dances performed by members of the Royal Welsh Conservatoire.
Scottish Dances performed by The Orchestra of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Junior Department.
Cornish Dances and Padstow Lifeboat performed by the St Dennis Band in Cornwall, including members who played in the premiere of the work in 1967.
Irish Dances performed from where Malcolm lived in the 1970s.