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Malcolm Arnold Festival 2015



Saturday 17th October



Sir Tim Rice
11:00
Festival Launch and Concert.
We are extra delighted to welcome the legendary Sir Tim Rice to launch the Festival this year. Tim is the latest in a stellar cast of Malcolm Arnold supporters who have launched the Festival over the years. We are thrilled that Tim will be with us for this very special Festival. To launch this year's Festival, we're going to present a performance of Malcolm's 'Hoffnung Fanfare for 36 trumpeters'.

St Matthews Church
14:00
One of many highlights of this year's Festival will be a concert featuring the World Premiere of a new version of Malcolm's John Clare Cantata for choir and strings. This will be conducted by Alex Davan Wetton, with an orchestra from the Birmingham Conservatoire. The concert will also feature Psalm 150 and also Malcolm's wonderful Double Violin Concerto.
Alice Pinto
16:15
We’re delighted to welcome back the pianist Alice Pinto to talk about Malcolm's late works. Her presentation will include the World Premiere of Malcolm's Fantasy for Double Bass, completed by Matthew Taylor, which will be performed by the doyen of the double bass world, David Heyes.
Suite Bourgeoise
17:30
Wind Music
A selection of Malcolm’s music for woodwind,including his ‘Suite Bourgeoise’, ‘Divertimento’, Fantasy for flute and a new ballet based on the ‘Grand Fantasia’.




Martin Yates
19:30
BBC Concert Orchestra
We are delighted to announce our first ever BBC concert as part of this year’s Festival. The BBC Concert Orchestra will be conducted by Martin Yates and with the great Peter Donohoe as soloist. The programme will exactly match Martin and Peter's recent recording for the Dutton label and comprise the Philharmonic Concerto, John Field Fantasy and the 7th Symphony.





Sunday 18th October




Paul Harris
11:00
‘A Gesture of Friendship’
A talk given by Festival Director Paul Harris on the theme ‘A Gesture of Friendship’


The Northampton County Youth Orchestra
12:00
The Northampton County Youth Orchestra conducted by Richard Roper and Andy Kirkwood, make another very welcome return to perform a range of orchestral music including Malcolm’s 2nd Symphony and the overture ‘Roots of Heaven’.


John Griff
14:00
‘The Forgotten Films part 2’
Another highlight is the first ever appearance at a Malcolm Arnold Festival of all three of Malcolm's delectable Sinfoniettas, which will be conducted by the legendary Hilary Davan Wetton.


Hilary Davan Wetton
16:00
'The 3 Sinfoniettas'
Another highlight is the first ever appearance at a Malcolm Arnold Festival of all three of Malcolm's delectable Sinfoniettas, which will be conducted by the legendary Hilary Davan Wetton.


Brasskompaniet
17:00
Symphony for Brass
This year we welcome Brasskompaniet, a 10 piece brass ensemble from Norway to perform a concert including Malcolm’s ‘Symphony for Brass’.



19:30
Gala concert
'Reaching across the Globe'


Jess GillamOur spectacular annual Gala Concert featuring the Worthing Symphony Orchestra, conducted Commonwealth overture, Saxophone Concerto played by BBC winner Jess Gillam and the Scottish Dances . We are also delighted to welcome back BBC Young musician of the year winner Martin James Bartlett to perform Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.