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. The theme of the festival is ‘Partnerships’.

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.

Non-members, please contact the box office of the Royal & Derngate

Please note, there are three event locations this year!

Here is the complete programme as announced by Paul Harris, the festival director:

Saturday 12th October:

All Saturday events take place at the Malcolm Arnold Academy unless otherwise listed.

11.00 am
Festival Launch
Alina Orchestra cunducted byHilary Davan Wetton
pupils of the Malcolm Arnold Academy directed by Simon Toyne

  • Savile Centenary Fanfare 
  • 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.
Alice Pinto, piano and presenter
James Bowers, tenor

  • Arnold: Kensington Gardens
  • Gipps: Kensington Gardens
  • Arnold: Beauty Haunts the Woods
  • Gipps: Sea Shore Suite
  • Arnold: Suite Bourgeoise

3.30 pm
Piano recital and launch of new CD of Malcolm Arnold’s piano music.
Scott Mitchell, piano

7.30 pm  – This event takes place at St Matthews Church
Northampton Symphony Orchestra conducted by John Gibbons
Rhythmie Wong, piano

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

Sunday 13th October:

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

11.00 amThis event takes place at the Malcolm Arnold Academy
“What I learned from Malcolm” – A Talk by Matthew Taylor

12.00 pm This event takes place at the Malcolm Arnold Academy
Northamptonshire County Youth Orchestra
Samuel Austin, clarinet

  • Clarinet Concerto No. 2
  • Trapeze
  • Scottish Dances
  • Tam O’Shanter

2.00 pm
John Griff discusses Malcolm Arnold In Interview

4.00 pm
A concert of guitar music with Michael Button

  • Arnold: Guitar Concerto
  • Arnold: Serenade for Guitar and Strings
  • Arnold: Fantasy for Guitar
  • Walton: Five Bagatelles
  • Bowers: Sonatina

6.30 pm 
Students of the Malcolm Arnold Academy present an informal concert of music by Arnold & others

7.30 pm
Gala Concert – Arnold and Shostakovich 

BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Barry Wordsworth
Rose McLachlan, piano

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

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

The Royal and Derngate website for the 2019 Gala Concert

The Royal and Derngate website for the Festival weekend

The official Malcolm Arnold Festival Twitter account

The official Malcolm Arnold Festival Facebook page