Maestro Journal

The Journal of the Malcolm Arnold Society

Rooted in Northampton - Maestro 8May 2021 – Centenary Special
Rooted in Northampton: The Arnolds and the Haweses by Alan Poulton
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Alan Poulton has collected together a large amount of information and photos from newspapers and other sources to detail the lives of these ancestors of Malcolm Arnold. They give an impression of life in Northampton over the centuries and introduce us to some of the personalities who influenced the development of the town and who form the backdrop to Malcolm Arnold’s early years. On the way, we meet bankruptcy and libel, business successes and failures, philanthropic endeavours, royal visits and mayoral elections, local politics and church officialdom, to say nothing of the musical achievements of the Arnold and Hawes families.

To order any of issues 1 to 7 please contact Terry. All items include p&p in the UK.

ICover or Maestro 7ssue 7 October 2020
60 pages, with colour illustrations, plus 12-page supplement:

  • Malcolm Arnold and Julian Bream by Piers Burton-Page
  • Working with Malcolm Arnold by Michala Petri
  • Thoughts on the Fourth Symphony by David Dunstan
  • Feature Films in Performance by Alan Poulton
  • A Cornish Diary, 1965-1972 by Alan Poulton
  • From the archives: articles from Beckus 2009-2010
  • Supplement: Malcolm Arnold Discography 2020 by Terry Cushion

Price: £10

ICover of Maestro 6ssue 6 October 2019
64 pages, with colour illustrations:

  • Arnold on the Small Screen by Alan Poulton
  • A Catalogue of Achievement: Alan Poulton’s early years by Anthony Meredith
  • Arnold’s feature films and their literary sources by Alan Poulton
  • Malcolm Arnold’s 1954 Incidental Music to The Tempest by Thomas Nettle
  • The Arnold Documentaries by Alan Poulton
  • From the archives: Beckus 2005–2008

Price: £10 £7.50

Issue 5 October 2018Cover of Maestro 5
64 pages, with colour illustrations:

  • Malcolm Arnold’s concertos: masterpieces of mélange by Isaac Adni
  • “Just great”: Malcolm Arnold’s Clarinet Concerto No.2, Op.115 by Eleanor Fox
  • The Arnold Quartets revisited by Piers Burton-Page
  • Lamond Clelland: piccolo player by Alan Poulton
  • Arnold’s shortest symphony: the Toy Symphony by Alan Poulton
  • Fantasy for Harp by Osian Ellis
  • Pilot Officer Philip Arnold (1919-1940) by Anthony Meredith
  • Elgar’s influence on Malcolm Arnold by Dr Raphael Thoene
  • Malcolm Arnold and the BBC by Alan Poulton
  • From the archives: Beckus 2004

Price: £10 £7.50

Issue 4 October 2017Cover of Maestro 4
64 pages, with colour illustrations:

  • More Fantasies for Solo Instruments
  • Thomas Merritt: “Music is meat and drink to me”
  • Arnold’s ‘other’ Ballets
  • Arnold film and concert music on 7″ vinyl
  • Invitation to the Dance
  • The Symphonies of Malcolm Arnold
  • Letters between Malcolm Arnold and William Walton
  • Donald Mitchell on Malcolm Arnold
  • From the archives: Beckus 2002-2003

Price: £10 £5.00

Issue 3 October 2016Cover of Maestro 3
64 pages, with colour illustrations:

  • The brass instrument Fantasies
  • Through the soloists’ eyes: Harmonica concerto
  • Arnold’s published film music
  • The Haweses: a musical family
  • A bibliographical update
  • From the archives: Beckus 2000-2002

Price: £10 £5.00

Issue 2 October 2015Cover of Maestro 2

  • Henry Christophe and other operas
  • Dennis Brain and the Horn Concerto
  • Birmingham International Wind Competition 1966
  • National Youth Orchestra
  • Kwai: a cinematic review
  • Arnold on LP

Price: £10 £5.00

Issue 1 October 2014Cover of Maestro 1
Articles from Beckus 1991-2000 including:

  • Malcolm Arnold and Jon Lord
  • The ballet music
  • Malcolm Arnold and me (by Joe Mendoza)
  • Film music: the Arnold-Lean trilogy

Price: £10 £5.00

Beckus – All Back Issues
The complete back issues of the Beckus Society newsletter, from 1991, when the Society was founded, to the present.
These are available in PDF format on CD.

Price: £15.00

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