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Malcolm Arnold Festival

Here, you will find information about the 2023 Malcolm Arnold Festival. Please also visit the official website for more information.

18th International Arnold Festival
Attention! Malcolm Arnold Society members, please visit the member’s section for discounted rates and information on the society dinner.
If you have forgotten the password, please don’t hesitate to contact us. (Members only!)

Saturday 14th October 2023

The Enderby Band

The Brass Music of Malcolm Arnold – The Enderby Band
2.30 pm – 4 pm – Northampton Museum and Art Gallery, 4-6 Guildhall Rd, Northampton, NN1 1DP, UK

Fanfare for a Festival (arr. Philip Sparke)
4 Scottish Dances
Little Suite No 1 Op 80
Fantasy for Brass Band
The Roots of Heaven Overture (arr. Neil Richmond)
Little Suite No.2
Sweeney Todd (arr. Philip Littlemore)
Peterloo Overture (arr. Andrew Duncan)
Padstow Lifeboat

Tickets (Members, please click here)

Society members gathering
4.30 pm – 6.30 pm – (Members, please click here)

Rinaldo and Armida – Northampton Symphony Orchestra
7.30 pm – 10.00 pm – St Matthews Church, 20 St Matthews Parade, Northampton NN2 7JW, UK
Arnold: Rinaldo and Armida
Albeniz: Tango in D from ‘Espana’ (arr. Arnold)
Sibelius: Symphony 1
Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme
Tchaikovsky: Polonaise from Eugene Onegin

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Sunday 15th October 2023
10.30 am – 6:00 pm, Cripps Hall, Northampton School for Boys, Billing Rd, Northampton, NN1 5RT, UK
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10.30: Arnold for Brass – Nick Budd Brass Quintet
Quintet for Brass Op. 73
Fantasy for Trumpet Op. 100
Brass Quintet No. 2 Op. 132
Fantasy for Horn Op. 88
Fantasy for Trombone Op. 101
Fantasy for Tuba Op. 102
Three Shanties Op. 4 (arranged for Brass Quintet by Denis Wick)

11:30: Malcolm’s School Years
Illustrated Talk by Gus Woodward

12:15: Arnold Films – 65th Anniversary
John Griff returns to give an insight into the Arnold films that celebrate their 65th anniversary this year: The Key, The Roots of Heaven and The Inn of the Sixth Happiness.

14:00: Northampton County Youth Concert Band conducted by Peter Smalley
Arnold: Homage to the Queen
Saucedo: Along an English Countryside (dedicated to Malcolm Arnold)
Sparke: Four Norfolk Dances (An 80th Birthday Tribute to Malcolm Arnold)
plus more! Watch this space!

15:00: Masterclass with Emma Johnson
Emma Johnson, MBE, takes three talented young clarinettists through some of Arnold’s most famous clarinet works in this exceptional masterclass.
Concerto for Clarinet No. 1 Op. 20, Fantasy for Clarinet Op. 87, Sonatina for Clarinet and Piano Op. 29

16:30: A Musical Feast for String Orchestra – LGT String Orchestra conducted by Hilary Davan Wetton
Oboe Concerto Op.39 – Soloist Melanie Ragge
Seranade for Guitar & Strings Op. 50 – Soloist Hugh Millington
Symphony for Strings Op.13

Sunday 29th October 2023 – online
More information coming soon