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  • Sir Malcolm Arnold CBE 1921-2006 News Vernon Handley
    a central pillar of this concert In addition we shall hear the wonderful Double Violin Concerto and the rarely performed John Clare Cantata in a special new arrangement for choir and string orchestra Back to the Derngate for a special concert presented by the excellent Alice Pinto now taking part in her third Festival It s a look at some of Malcolm s later music and will include two very special performances the world premiere of his Fantasy for Double Bass a tantalising work that remained unfinished but has now been brilliantly completed by Matthew Taylor Also a very rare performance of his song cycle Contrasts in a version for tenor and piano which will be sung by the young award winning tenor James Bowers This will be followed by another special concert We welcome back Jenny Dyson who so beautifully played the Flute Concerto 2 a couple of years ago to lead a programme of instrumental music This will include a sparkling newly created ballet especially for the occasion to accompany Malcolm s Grand Fantasia In the evening we have a hugely notable landmark in the history of the Malcolm Arnold Festivals our first BBC broadcast and a performance by our first BBC Orchestra The BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Martin Yates in a programme to feature the Philharmonic Concerto the John Field Fantasy played by the legendary Peter Donohoe and the towering 7th Symphony An un missable experience Sunday is our special Gesture of Friendship day where we will be inviting musicians all over the world to play music as a gesture of friendship The Northampton County Youth Orchestra who have supported us in all 10 festivals so superbly are going to play the 2nd Symphony as well as the Cornish Dances and the Roots of Heaven Overture

    Original URL path: http://www.malcolmarnold.co.uk/news/The%2010th%20Malcolm%20Arnold%20Festival.html (2016-02-16)
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  • Sir Malcolm Arnold CBE 1921-2006 News Vernon Handley
    for the ballet works for orchestra chamber ensembles and instrumental music Special mention must be made of the The Open Window We re featuring a very rare performance of The Open Window with the full orchestral accompaniment This may only be the second time it s been performed in this way but do let me know if you know of other performances We are hugely pleased to welcome back the Berkeley Ensemble for this performance Another delightful feature will be a local school who will be performing their own version of the Saki tale Last year we began featuring Malcolm s concertos This year we have another assortment including those for horn flute oboe trumpet and the first clarinet concerto again played by the great Julian Bliss who gave such a thrilling performance of the second concerto last year Other highlights and we always have many of these will be the launch by John Wallace who not only gave the first performance of Malcolm s Trumpet Concerto but will be playing it again for us at the launch concert with the Northampton Symphony Orchestra We re delighted that the Malcolm Arnold Academy will also be appearing at the launch The great young violinist Giovanni Guzzo will be giving a recital to include both Malcolm s Violin Sonatas Alice Pinto returns to give an illustrated recital on the piano music John Kehoe is talking about the famous Conifer Classics recordings that he produced And for the first time we are also moving into the state of the art Errol Flynn Cinema for a special event The Forgotten Films narrated by BBC star John Griff Claire Thompson and Scott Mitchell will give a vocal recital of some of the fascinating songs based on many of the films that we will see excerpts

    Original URL path: http://www.malcolmarnold.co.uk/news/DirectorLetter.html (2016-02-16)
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  • Sir Malcolm Arnold CBE 1921-2006 News Vernon Handley
    well worth searching for in second hand shops BBC Television cameras were also to be seen in the streets and bars of Padstow later that year when the composer was featured in a A Portrait of Malcolm Arnold produced by Herbert Chappell for the Omnibus series with John Amis conducting a series of probing interviews interspersed with Arnold conducting various orchestral excerpts this television programme transmitted on 2 March 1969 did much to raise Arnold s profile at that time Our 2014 Bank Holiday Concert which is free and open to the general public will conclude with Arnold s iconic March for brass band The Padstow Lifeboat written in 1967 for the naming of the new lifeboat an event attended by the Duke of Kent on 19 July 1968 with the composer conducting the St Dennis Silver Band The published score carries the following note The Padstow Lifeboat has a long and distinguished record The new lifeboat station is near Trevose lighthouse whose fog horn varies in pitch between middle C and D For the sake of musical unity it remains in D throughout this march The composer once remarked that the time he spent in Cornwall were some of the happiest days of his life and he was particularly proud of the day when he was initiated as a Bard of the Cornish Gorsedd at Liskeard in October 1969 and given the Cornish Bardic name of Trompour in English trumpeter Quite an achievement for a Northampton born music student who in the summer of 1939 had run away to Plymouth with a redhead from the Royal College of Art only to find himself appointed as principal trumpet of the London Philharmonic Orchestra less than four years later at the age of 21 Fate intervened in 1947 with the première

    Original URL path: http://www.malcolmarnold.co.uk/news/MA%20Society%20Press%20ReleaseDOC%2015%20April%202014.html (2016-02-16)
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  • Sir Malcolm Arnold CBE 1921-2006 News Vernon Handley
    s not the complete series well not yet anyway I have no idea what are their criteria for adding titles to their list but I suspect that enough enquiries from Arnoldians might encourage them to complete the set In the meantime we should be grateful that they have done so much I m hardly impartial of course Although my association with Conifer ceased in 1996 our productions remain very close to my heart I m so pleased that ArkivMusik have found a way to bring back to life so many important recordings I m glad too for all those whose artistic brilliance and commitment made this series so special Musicians love playing Sir Malcolm s music and the Royal Philharmonic and London Musici under Vernon Handley and Mark Stephenson respectively entered wholeheartedly into the project We were blessed with the cream of British soloists of their era in the concertos and our recording teams led by Andrew Keener and Tryggvi Tryggvason drew it all together with their own artistry and skill I have fond recollections of my first meeting with Sir Malcolm where we discussed our initial plans It was to be the first of many such meetings Happily Sir

    Original URL path: http://www.malcolmarnold.co.uk/news/ARNOLDCONIFER.html (2016-02-16)
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  • Sir Malcolm Arnold CBE 1921-2006 News Vernon Handley
    don t have to worry much about balance There are many composers whose music requires hours of work to make sound Malcolm s tunes are always a delight to work on and phrase The melodies of the 5th Symphony are wonderfully long and full of many emotions Certain Arnold isms are apparent throughout especially in his treatment of the horns Malcolm s writing is always succinct he writes exactly what the work needs no more no less The musicians seem to relish all of the glisses especially the basses in the second movement The continued use of tom toms and bongos from Symphony No 4 is notable Other items are not so normal for Arnold like the use sometimes in canon of the celesta and harp often along with the orchestral bells What was Malcolm s reason for using these instruments together Are they angelic meditations for those recently departed friends that the first movement in particular seems to be about The first movement is the longest and to the casual listener and amateur musician at least the most disjointed and the most difficult to grasp formally It has taken the most of our rehearsal time to date In some ways it is like chamber music a pre curser of compositions to come with only a few instruments or sections playing at any one time The second movement by contrast is quite easy to listen to and to play and contains two of Malcolm s most beautiful melodies We find the third movement to be quite fun though it is rhythmically challenging We love the little film like music section which seems to me to be reminiscent of a tune from Whistle Down the Wind The finale is really the crux of the piece bringing back tunes from the first

    Original URL path: http://www.malcolmarnold.co.uk/news/SheldonBair.html (2016-02-16)
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  • Sir Malcolm Arnold CBE 1921-2006 News Vernon Handley
    The influence of some of the composers he most admired can be seen in the symphonies From Sibelius comes a number of musical devices such as bass pedal notes swelling brass chords ostinati and short snippets of melody that gradually expand into broad statements Mahler surely is the inspiration behind the abrupt juxtaposition of unconnected material in particular the various marches both fast and funeral whilst Malcolm claimed in an article for Music Musicians in July 1956 that the greatest musical influence on his life was Berlioz His irregular phrase lengths such as the long first idea in the Symphonie Fantastique and opaque orchestration are clearly to he heard in all the symphonies However as a Symphonist Arnold believes himself to be rooted in the Germanic tradition I don t see the symphony like Mahler who said the whole world should be in it A Symphony should be classical in form like Mozart Beethoven Brahms An analysis of the first movement of the Fourth Symphony allows us the opportunity to see how Malcolm bends the rules of sonata form to match his compositional ideals some of which he identified in the 1956 article another point which is always in my mind is that of development If one is really honest in listening to the music of all periods there are times when one s mind is inclined to wander This will happen even when listening to accepted classical masterpieces and to a greater extent when listening to contemporary works To put it crudely the mind wanders during the sections that occur in music between the recognisable themes always assuming that the theme or themes have said something to the listener Very very roughly speaking these parts of a composition are usually development sections one cannot write a piece of music by just repeating one theme unless it is a special effect one is after as in Ravel s Bolero A composer has to compose something that contrasts and will show his original thought in a new light and the play between these two or three or even more thoughts goes to make up a composition I have for some time encouraged audiences at my orchestral concerts to consider listening to the development sections in classical sonata form as an area of fun where the composer shows us innumerable different ways of casting new light on the motifs tunes heard in the exposition section through their juxtaposition with each other and daring harmonic twists and turns It s a game where our expectations are constantly dashed by the composer s inventiveness Malcolm to my mind takes this a stage further by turning the whole movement into a zone of unexpectedness The main ideas in the first movement of Arnold s Fourth Symphony traditionally termed first and second subject are lyrical particularly the glorious second subject melody and on each repetition undergo subtle changes sometimes by orchestration canonic treatment of the melody or the use of related countermelodies These lyrical ideas are

    Original URL path: http://www.malcolmarnold.co.uk/news/news_John_Gibbons2.html (2016-02-16)
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  • Sir Malcolm Arnold CBE 1921-2006 News Vernon Handley
    250 prize has been kindly donated by the Malcolm Arnold Festival Next will be an illustrated talk on the film music by composer Martin Ellerby a real expert in the genre Martin knew and worked with Sir Malcolm so his reflections will be particularly fascinating Moritz Ernst Alexander Walker The Abingdon Choral Society After tea the terrific young pianist Moritz Ernst who has already recorded a CD of Malcolm s piano works will perform a scintillating piano recital featuring music from both stage and screen and most excitingly the world premiere of a specially commissioned work for the occasion Matthew Taylor is composing a Fantasy on Whistle down the Wind this will surely be one of the many highlights of the weekend For the evening concert we are delighted to welcome the Northampton Symphony Orchestra to the Festival for the first time Together with the Abingdon Choral Society under the direction of international conductor Alexander Walker they will performing Sir Malcolm s wonderfully theatrical and rarely performed large scale choral and orchestral work Return of Odysseus Also included in the programme will the Suite from Malcolm s ballet Sweeney Todd The Sunday will have a very special flavour The day will begin with some rarely seen film excerpts and then 2010 being the 50th anniversary of The Pure Hell of St Trinian s the midday orchestral concert given by the acclaimed Northampton County Youth Orchestra will include the St Trinian s Suite as well as other memorable film music and after lunch we will have a probably never to be repeated St Trinian s event with many of the original actors and crew from the original St Trinian s films There will be a song recital by Jessica Gillingwater featuring music from Malcolm s marvellously tuneful musical Parasol as well

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  • Sir Malcolm Arnold CBE 1921-2006 News Vernon Handley
    parts are written in one hand while the rest are in Arnold s own manuscript 9 Parts one two and three of each group are in treble clef and transposed for B flat trumpets while the fourth through six parts are written in bass clef in concert pitch Note in the second example that fingerings for bass trumpet in G have been added by the performer Note also that the manuscript in Malcolm Arnold s hand is smeared by condensation indicating music stand rather than lyre use 10 and that the page has been pasted over Regimental March Past Quick Steps 11 The piece remained unknown and set aside until 1986 when I was asked to chair the organization of the Festival of Trumpets Concert at the 1987 International Trumpet Guild s international conference in Kalamazoo Michigan The 1986 ITG conference had been held at the Guildhall School of Music in London where at the Festival of Trumpets several of Arnold s fanfares for six trumpets were performed Hoping to bring these fanfares to the 1987 ITG conference I contacted Malcolm Arnold s agent Georgina Ivor During our telephone conversation Ms Ivor mentioned A Hoffnung Fanfare Immediately intrigued for here was a work of which no one other than those directly involved with the 1960 performance had been aware I asked if it would be possible to send the music to me ascertain its possible usage in Kalamazoo To my amazement and gratitude Ms Ivor in March of 1987 obtained the music from Mrs Hoffnung and sent not copies but the original parts themselves It did not take long to realize what had been uncovered a major British fanfare by a major British composer which called for the largest contingent of trumpets on record As there was no score in the package from Ms Ivor the manuscripts were immediately photocopied a full score was created and the package sent back to her Aware that it would be unlikely that because of the forces necessary the piece would get much play I condensed the work to twelve trumpets and with that premiered the fanfare at a concert given by the Miami University Ohio Trumpet Ensemble on April 9 1988 In December of that same year the original version using twenty four trumpets and twelve trombones was given its American premiere at Miami University conducted by myself The original work transcribed for thirty six B flat trumpets with optional notes down an octave in seven of the parts was finally performed for the first time on an ITG Festival of Trumpets Concert in 1989 at Santa Barbara California It was played by professional performers from around the world again with myself as conductor Postlude In January 1990 Malcolm Arnold was artist in residence for one week at Miami University The original version of A Hoffnung Fanfare this time with twenty seven trumpets and nine trombones was played at the opening concert Praising the performance Arnold mentioned that it constituted only the second

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