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  • Sir Malcolm Arnold CBE 1921-2006 News The Three Musketeers
    but the novelty item embellished with household appliances and rifle shots came in the shape of Sir Malcolm Arnold s eight minute Grand Grand Overture Consternation has often been expressed that Arnold who died in 2006 has received little or no recognition at the Proms in recent years despite his major contributions to the film and concert repertoires and if the overture cannot be counted among his more serious works it does at least show that he could cock a snook with the best of them Read more Composed in 1956 for one of the extravaganzas devised by the humorist Gerard Hoffnung the overture is a preposterous skit on pompous grandstanding music and like all good jokes is craftily written with one of Arnold s trademark big tunes at its centre The performance was suitably spotless Sir David Attenborough made an impressive debut on floor polisher apparently Arnold s own with vacuum cleaner virtuosos including pianist Stephen Hough and the BBC Symphony Orchestra s chief conductor Jiri Belohlávek here yielding up the podium and his orchestra for the night to the American David Robertson In a dramatic denouement all the domestics were annihilated at the end by the artillery of rifles from a platoon led by comedian Rory Bremner and bass n drum artist Goldie The Financial Times 13 September Richard Fairman Malcolm Arnold s Grand Grand Overture with its rifles and vacuum cleaners captured the Last Night spirit of high jinks How about some real Arnold next year Read More http www ft com cms s 2 97771b66 a076 11de b9ef 00144feabdc0 html BBC News 13 September 2009 Sir David Attenborough brought the 115th BBC Proms season to a close on Saturday night by playing a floor polisher as a musical instrument Sir David was joined on stage at

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  • Sir Malcolm Arnold CBE 1921-2006 News The Three Musketeers
    the first time that this major new work is performed outside of the UK The thrilling spectacle of Dumas classic tale retold so brilliantly through David Nixon s choreography and Malcolm Arnold s music promises to make it a very special season at the National Opera House of Estonia The Estonian National Ballet was formed in 1918 when the Russian ballerina Sessy Sevun Smironina was appointed the first Director of Dance at the Estonia Theatre From those early days rooted in the great traditions of Russian classical ballet the Company flourished and developed embracing as it did so the work of many new and innovative choreographers Under the leadership of their current Artistic Director Tiit Harem the company s highest classical standards continue to espouse perfectly their work in new areas of the ballet repertoire Situated on the north coast of Estonia on the Gulf of Finland Tallinn is one of Europe s smallest capital cities This pretty seaport is famous in equal measure for it s red rooftops medieval cobbled streets and beautiful buildings The old Tallinn jostles comfortably though alongside the new designer shopping malls and restaurants whilst it s cultural life is vibrant For those interested in

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  • Sir Malcolm Arnold CBE 1921-2006 News The Three Musketeers
    Andrade the choreographer of the fight scenes have worked together for a long time Could you speak about your co operation How do you blend two different choreographic handwritings into one ballet Daniel was still a dancer when I took over Northern Ballet Theatre NBT but moved over to being my ballet master in the third season Since then he has worked with me on all of my ballets and has come to understand my style and preferences It is not difficult in this case to blend the work because Daniel understands the choreography and the fight scenes are of a different nature and content Is there a particular ballet or subject for a ballet that you have always dreamt of choreographing What is your dream role to dance There are many subjects that flutter around my head to make a ballet and I would love the opportunity to do a musical I had such an extensive career that there was not much left that I had not danced but I would have loved to dance John Neumeier s Swan Lake Of my own work I find it so tailored to this generation that it would not have suited my way of doing things but I would like to have danced the leading role in my Swan Lake and would find it fascinating to perform Claudius in my Hamlet Interview with the Set Designer Charles Cusick Smith This is not your first time to work at the Estonian National Opera You have designed the sets and costumes for Prokofiev s Romeo and Juliet 1998 Tchaikovsky s The Nutcracker 2001 Mascagni s Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo s Pagliacci 2006 How do you find the technical possibilities of our smaller scale stage compared to other European opera theatres It was quite difficult because of the lack of wing space in the Tallinn house Fortunately I had to design for NBT with the consideration of the larger and smaller venues that the production would tour The set was created adaptable to larger or smaller widths of proscenium Considering your experience with our theatre and team we hardly managed to surprise you with anything or did we I was very pleased that all the construction and decoration was made in the house The NBT have no production team and their version was made by several freelance craftsmen and painters The painters in Estonia really surprised me by their dedication and ability to translate my designs into real sets Luckily for them they had the expertise and advice of how to paint in certain new styles by the painter of the original backdrops Phil R Daniels He was also very impressed by their considered approach What do you consider most important when doing your work Firstly I have to have a clear vision of the work and also to be completely in agreement with the choreographer director I must ensure to give enough space for the relevant dancing Is this your first production with David

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  • Sir Malcolm Arnold CBE 1921-2006 News Moritz Ernst plays Malcolm Arnold
    Arnold catalogue alongside several of the composer s smaller piano pieces gems rarely heard in the concert hall still less available on CD The disc includes Variations on a Ukrainian Folk Song Op 9 Homage to the Queen suite Four Scottish Dances Op 59 arr J York Eight Children s Piano Pieces Op 36 Sonata for Piano 1942 Sarabande and Polka from Solitaire Flamencoe 1953 To order copies Click Here No one could accuse Moritz Ernst of being a merely dutiful champion of Arnold s piano music Dull he is not Listen to his take on the early stages of the 1944 Variations on a Ukrainian Folksong one of Arnold s first major successes and how he relishes the elements of mischief and skittish unpredictability in this music I also like the way he leans on those delicious blues harmonies in Var 3 In addition Ernst gives us a first recording of the suite for piano that Arnold devised from his exuberant ballet Home to the Queen a 1953 Coronation offering and he brings irrepressible spirit and heaps of character to the ever popular Scottish Dances heard in John York s effective transcription and the Eight Pieces Op 36 that

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  • Sir Malcolm Arnold CBE 1921-2006 News Vernon Handley
    Handley s Arnold recordings on the Conifer Decca label together with Richard Hickox s own Arnold catalogue on Chandos bear witness to the depth of musical understanding that both men brought to their individual and authoritative interpretations of Sir Malcolm s music In March 2003 Richard Hickox was made Patron of The Malcolm Arnold Society Following the news of the conductor s death earlier today the Society s Hon Secretary

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  • Sir Malcolm Arnold CBE 1921-2006 News Paul Harris Announces his plans for the 2007 Malcolm Arnold Festival
    ever excellent Intriplicate Plus will include the delightful Quintet Op 7 the Trio for Flute Viola and Bassoon and the wonderfully resourceful Duo for Flute and Viola as well as some early piano pieces If you haven t worked out the significance of the title all will be revealed at the concert This will be followed by a talk by Philip Wood on the late works Dr Wood was a pupil of Sir Malcolm s and was with him when he wrote his very last music The talk will include performance of the enigmatic Three Fantasies for Piano and the Divertimento for Two Clarinets After lunch we will be treated to a rare performance of the one act opera The Open Window To make this event even more exciting one of the original cast Niven Miller will be our guest Sir Malcolm wrote a significant quantity of music for the voice and we shall be hearing a good deal of it this year Then we welcome two wonderful young players who will give a recital of the two violin sonatas and the two flute sonatas Music that allows all sorts of intimate insights into Malcolm s compositional thinking The evening concert is a double first It will be held just up the road at St Matthews Church where as a young boy Malcolm often performed on his trumpet and where later his Laudate Dominum was first performed In fact this concert devoted to his choral music is as far as I know the first time such a programme has been put together We will hear all the choral music plus the beautiful and haunting John Clare Cantata Sunday morning begins with a rare chance to hear a recording of Sir Malcolm s appearance on Desert Island Discs as well as

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  • Sir Malcolm Arnold CBE 1921-2006 News More Arnold From Queen's Temple Publications
    guitar QT65 Fantasy for flute and clarinet QT66 Sonata 1942 for flute and piano QT67 Phantasy for string quartet QT68 Solitaire for flute and piano QT69 Overture for wind octet QT71 Grand Fantasia for flute trumpet and piano QT72 Songs from the incidental music to Purple Dust QT73 Piano Music Vol 2 inc the Flamenco from The Captain s Paradise QT76 Beauty Haunts The Woods for voice and piano QT78

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  • Sir Malcolm Arnold CBE 1921-2006 News Homage to the Queen to travel to China and Japan
    to China and to Japan Following their highly successful recent run of performances at Covent Garden the Royal Ballet will be including the Fredrick Ashton Malcolm Arnold ballet Homage to the Queen as part of their forthcoming tour of China and Japan Performances will be taking place in Beijing on 25 and 26 June and in Osaka on 8 and 9th July Back To News Home l Biography l News

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