Malcolm Arnold Festival Weekend – The Consummate Communicator

Malcolm Arnold’s music speaks to his audiences with a directness very few other 20th Century composers have managed to achieve. He was ‘The Consummate Communicator’, the title of this 13th Malcolm Arnold Festival.

Join us for a special festival this year, which includes music from the worlds of ballet, cinema, television and radio, opera, the brass band and the concert hall. Launched by Lord Lieutenant of Northampton David Laing, the weekend will be one highlight after another, including three orchestral concerts, which will include performances of Arnold’s Recorder Concerto, English Dances, the 4th Symphony and music from three of his wonderful film scores.

There will be a concert performance of Arnold’s brilliant one act opera, The Dancing Master, as well as illustrated talks on Malcolm’s music by David Mellor, John Griff and Timothy Bowers, and The Rushden Town Band are making a very popular reappearance. All of his delightful Fantasies for solo instruments will be performed in two concerts, interspersed by readings of Arnold’s words. There will also be one or two surprises through the weekend!

To book for the Malcolm Arnold Festival Gala Concert click here.

SATURDAY 13 October

Time Event Location
3pm Family Concert* Malcolm Arnold Academy, Trinity Avenue, Northampton NN2 6JW
5pm Words and Fantasies – Four Brass Fantasies, interspersed with readings of words by the composer.Royal & Derngate Royal & Derngate – Rehearsal Room
7.30pm The Dancing Master – a talk by Tim Bowers. Royal & Derngate – Rehearsal Room
8pm The Dancing Master Concert Performance Royal & Derngate – Rehearsal Room

*Those attending just the 3pm launch on Saturday 13th do not need to purchase a ticket.


Time Event Location
10.30am Northampton County Youth Orchestra** Malcolm Arnold Academy, Trinity Avenue, Northampton NN2 6JW
12pm The significance of Malcolm Arnold and why he is to be rated as an important voice in post war British music – a talk by David Mellor. Royal & Derngate – Underground 1 & 2
2-3.15pm Music for TV and Radio – a talk by broadcaster, John Griff Royal & Derngate – Underground 1 & 2
3.45pm Rushden Town Brass Band Royal & Derngate – Underground 4
5pm Words and Fantasies II Royal & Derngate – Underground 1 & 2
6.30pm The Malcolm Arnold Academy present an informal concert of music by Arnold and Bernstein. Royal & Derngate – open space

**The NCYO event is ticketed separately at £3.50 for those wishing to see just this event. 

Oct 18
Oct 18
Venue: Derngate