Magazine article Musical Opinion

Eleventh Malcolm Arnold Festival Announced

Magazine article Musical Opinion

Eleventh Malcolm Arnold Festival Announced

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The Voice of the People' heralds the 11th Malcolm Arnold Festival when the BBC Concert Orchestra and guitarist Craig Ogden return to play major British works at Royal & Derngate, Northampton during the weekend of October 15-16 .www.malcolmarnoldfestival.com

The Malcolm Arnold Festival is now a much anticipated annual fixture in the composer's birthplace, Northampton. Taking place at the town's impressive arts' venue Royal & Derngate over 15th - 16th October. This year's celebration features a major concert given by the BBC Concert Orchestra with works by Sir Malcolm Arnold and Sir William Walton. Guest artists over the weekend include guitarist Craig Ogden, trumpeter John Wallace, and conductor John Gibbons. The Festival will be launched by film composer, Nigel Hess.

Director Paul Harris introduces this year's theme: "We've called it 'The Voice of the People' - which of course 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."

Paul Harris, who is a composer himself as well as one of the UK's leading educationalists and Malcolm Arnold's cobiographer, has worked tirelessly over the last decade to present the composer's genre in an accessible and exciting format for both enthusiasts of the music and to introduce it to those who are less familiar with it. Arnold's music is known for extremes: high-octane multi-coloured invention, humour and occasional eccentricity and, by contrast, traumatic intensity of a searing personal nature. The Festival also includes entertaining films and talks on this many-faceted composer and his work, as well as some surprising World Premieres; for example, the as yet unperformed opening 207 bars of his unfinished Opera, 'Henri Christophe'. …

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