The Malcolm Arnold Festival 2019

The 14th Malcolm Arnold Festival will take place on 12th and 13th October 2019 at the Royal & Derngate in Northampton, England.

As a member of the Malcolm Arnold Society you will get special ticket offers for the Festival and an invite to the Society dinner on Friday 11th October.

BBC Concert Orchestra – Northampton Symphony Orchestra – Barry Wordsworth – Hilary Davan Wetton – Matthew Taylor – John Gibbons – Simon Toyne – Scott Mitchell – Alice Pinto – Tim Bowers – John Griff  and many more!

The theme of the 14th Malcolm Arnold Festival on 12-13 October 2019 is ‘Partnerships’.

Here are some of the highlights as announced by Paul Harris, the festival director: (more to come!)

All events take place at the Royal & Derngate unless otherwise listed.

Saturday 12th October:

11.00 am Festival Launch by Hilary Davan Wetton and the Malcolm Arnold Festival Strings

This event takes place at the Malcolm Arnold Academy

  • Savile Club Fanfare (second performance!)
  • Sinfonietta No.2
  • Turtle Drum (in a new arrangement by Timothy Bowers)

12.15 pm Arnold for two

  • Electra, for flute and percussion (world première);
  • Divertimento for two clarinets
  • Duo for flute and viola
  • Duo for 2 cellos
  • Fanfare for Louis
  • Fantasy for flute and guitar

2.00 pm Malcolm and Widdy

Alice Pinto talks about the relationship between Malcolm and Ruth Gipps with performances of music by both composers

  • Kensington Gardens
  • Beauty Haunts the Woods
  • Day Dreams
  • Sea Shore Suite
  • Pixie Caravan

3.30 pm Scott Mitchell

Piano recital and launch of new CD of Malcolm Arnold’s piano music.

7.30 pm Northampton Symphony Orchestra, cond. John Gibbons

This event takes place at St Matthews Church

  • Arnold: Peterloo
  • Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 2
  • Arnold: Stolen Face
  • Arnold: Variations on a Theme of Ruth Gipps
  • Tchaikovsky: Romeo & Juliet

Sunday 13th October:

11.00 am Talk by Matthew Taylor

‘What I learned from Malcolm’ including performance of the Double Bass Fantasy

12.00 pm Northamptonshire County Youth Orchestra

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2.00 pm John Griff discusses Malcolm Arnold In Interview

3.30 pm A concert of guitar music with Michael Button

  • Arnold: Guitar Concerto
  • Arnold: Guitar Serenade
  • Arnold: Guitar Fantasy
  • Walton: Bagatelles
  • Bowers: Sonatina

6.30 pm Malcolm Arnold Academy present an informal concert of music by Arnold

7.30 pm Gala Concert – Arnold and Shostakovich – BBC Concert Orchestra cond. Barry Wordsworth

  • Arnold: Homage to the Queen
  • Shostakovich: Age of Gold Suite
  • Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 2
  • Arnold: Symphony No. 2

More information as soon as possible!

Booking Information: Tel. 01604 624 811 /
Frequent trains from Euston to Northampton (journey time: 50 mins)

The Royal and Derngate website of the 2019 Gala Concert

The official Malcolm Arnold Festival Twitter account

The official Malcolm Arnold Festival Facebook page