Malcolm Arnold Festival Weekend


Join us for the 12th annual Malcolm Arnold Festival Weekend, a weekend packed with orchestral concerts, recitals, interviews and other exciting events.

Highlights this year will include a performance of Arnold’s rarely played Harmonica Concerto by the brilliant young soloist Philip Achille and a major choral and orchestral work, The Return Of Odysseus, which will be played at the launch concert.

The weekend will also feature a recital of Arnold’s evocative songs by the ever popular Scottish soprano Claire Thompson and an interview with Dame Monica Mason, former Director of the Royal Ballet, on Arnold’s work as a ballet composer.

Weekend Tickets £15, Day Tickets £7.50 (Gala Concert Tickets must be purchased separately) Please note that day tickets for Sunday are now SOLD OUT – tickets for the NMPAT concert are still available, please call Box Office on 01604 624811 to book. (see below for schedule).


SATURDAY 14 October

Time Event Location
Festival Launch
Derngate auditorium
12.15pm Mr Pye, An Island Royal & Derngate  Underground spaces
3pm Family Concert St Matthews
5.30pm Rushden Brass Band Royal & Derngate  Underground spaces
7.30pm Arnold And The War Years   Royal & Derngate Underground spaces



Time Event Location
11am Dame Monica Mason Royal & Derngate  Underground spaces
12pm NMPAT concert 
(call 01604 624811 to book)
Derngate auditorium
2pm The Forgotten Documentaries – John Griff Royal & Derngate  Underground spaces
3.30pm Songs Recital Royal & Derngate  Underground spaces
7.30pm Malcolm Arnold Gala Concert Derngate auditorium


Oct 17
Oct 17