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Malcolm Arnold Festival 2014

Saturday 18th October

John Wallace
Festival Launch and Concert.
We’re delighted to announce that the legendary trumpet player John Wallace, who gave the first performance of Malcolm’s Trumpet Concerto, will be launching the Festival. He will also be playing the Trumpet Concerto with the excellent Northampton Symphony Orchestra. The programme will also include other Arnold works and some Bliss and Vaughan Williams and musicians from the Malcolm Arnold Academy, who will perform Malcolm’s rarely heard ‘Miniature Suite'.

The Berkeley Ensemble
The Berkeley Ensemble will be giving perhaps only the second live performance of Malcolm's delightful one act Opera 'The Open Window' This exciting event will include many surprises!
Alice Pinto
We’re delighted to welcome back the pianist Alice Pinto who will be giving an illustrated recital of some of Malcolm’s piano music. Alice will offer some fascinating new insights into these important works and their inspiration.
Robert Secret
Three Concertos
Robert Secret will be conducting three top soloists and the Orchestra of Stowe Opera in the Oboe, 1st Flute and 2nd Horn Concerti. This promises to be a truly memorable event.

Giovanni Guzzo
Giovanni Guzzo
We’re exceptionally pleased to welcome the brilliant violinist Giovanni Guzzo, who will be performing Malcolm’s 2 violin sonatas, the 5 pieces and a host of other terrific violin music.

Sunday 19th October

John Kehoe
‘On and off the record’
While Director of Artists & Repertoire at Conifer Classics, John Kehoe initiated and carried through a recording programme embracing 44 Arnold concert works, including the first completed cycle of the symphonies and 14 concertos. John's talk, with recorded illustrations, will draw on his experiences of Sir Malcolm, the music and the recording sessions.

The Northampton County Youth Orchestra
The Northampton County Youth Orchestra conducted by Richard Roper, make another very welcome return to perform music a range of orchestral music to include the English Dances, Sound Barrier and the Serenade for Guitar and Strings.

John Griff
‘The Forgotten Films’
The BBC’s John Griff will be hosting a very special event in the Derngate’s fabulous new cinema. It will feature many excerpts from Malcolm’s forgotten films. The films may be forgotten, but the superb music will live on!s

Claire Thompson and Scott Mitchell
'Songs from the films'
We welcome back the excellent Claire Thompson and Scott Mitchell to present a recital of intriguing arrangements of some of Malcolm's film music as popular songs, usually published alongside the film's release. The recital will also include music for flute and solo piano.

David Wordsworth and Janet Obi-Keller
Piano Duet Recital
A first for the Arnold Festivals, a recital of music for piano duet played by David Wordsworth and Janet Obi-Keller. The programme will include Malcolm's 'Ragtime' the 'English Dances', 'Sarabande and Polka' and works by Walton, Lambert and Richard Rodney Bennett.

Gala concert
'A Night with the Stars'

Julian BlissA star-studded evening, which will feature the great Julian Bliss, playing Malcolm's 1st Clarinet Concerto. A special commissioned new work by Toby Young and the Chopin Minute Waltz challenge (all will be revealed on the evening!)
Martin Bartlett

Also we are hugely delighted to welcome the winner of this year's BBC Young Musician of the Year competition, Martin Bartlett, playing Rachmaninov's 2nd Piano Concerto. Plus Finlandia, some Greig and some more Malcolm Arnold! A
true feast!