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Beckus Newsletter No 130 – Autumn 2023

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Beckus 129

The contents:

Malcolm Arnold Festival 2023

Rick Stein becomes a Patron

Society member Kevin Dickens gets MBE

In memoriam
Roger Heywood
David Ellis

Brass Band CD update

Recent performances:

  • Craig Ogden plays the Fantasy for Guitar
  • Paul Harris plays Clarinet Concerto No.2
  • Horn Concerto No.2 (London Mozart Players, Alec Frank-Gemmill (horn))
  • Second Flute Concerto at South Downs Festival
  • Fourth Symphony in King’s Lynn

Malcolm Arnold: an original symphonist by Robert Matthew-Walker

Arnold on BBC Music Magazine Cover CDs

Three films from 1962. The Lion, The Inspector and Nine Hours to Rama by Dimtiri Scarlato, Area Leader in Composition for Screen at the RCM

BBC Music Magazine’s Greatest British Composers

Ending on a major chord

A Malcolm Arnold Musical Companion, a new book edited by Alan Poulton and David Dunstan

Updated Catalogue of Works

Performance Diary

The gravitational pull of the music is further downwards — the Mahlerian scale of this movement is maintained as the music unfolds — a half-remembered distant landscape, as English as Salisbury Plain, the Cotswolds, Scafell Pike or the Lake District — but without ‘folk’ elements: here is nature’s stark reality, by way of a contemplation of profound depth. In such a mood, Arnold bids us symphonic farewell. He finally got there.

Robert Matthew-Walker