Northampton’s 13th Malcolm Arnold Festival – 13 to 14 October 2018

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‘The Consummate Communicator’ is the theme of the 13th Malcolm Arnold Festival, 13th – 14th October 2018; an annual weekend packed with live music, films and talks on this multi-faceted composer and his music, and taking place in the composer’s birthplace, Northampton, at the town’s dedicated arts’ venue Royal & Derngate.  

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11th Malcolm Arnold Festival Displays Composer’s Musical Breadth

11th Malcolm Arnold Festival 

Introduction

2016 sees the tenth year of the Festival since Arnold’s death and the 95th since his birth. Director Paul Harris, typically charming and resolute, says of this year’s theme: “We’ve called it ‘The Voice of the People’ … [which] sums up Sir Malcolm’s intentions as a composer. He was always determined to write music that could be immediately appreciated and although he embraced many 20th century “isms”, his music remains utterly accessible.”

Northampton’s Malcolm Arnold Festival still has a strong and even hectic pulse; this after ten years, with concerts, recitals, talks and illustrated lectures piling in one after another. It comes to about a dozen events over two days. New and usually good experiences and plenty to learn.

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