Malcolm Arnold festival returns

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Prolific Northampton composer Malcolm Arnold will be celebrated at the 10th annual Arnold Festival this weekend.

There will be a series of shows at Royal & Derngate on Saturday and Sunday which include a performance by the BBC Concert Orchestra and a Gala Concert.

Sir Malcolm Arnold’s music was popular during the 1950s with his work having a major influence on 20th century British music.

This year’s celebratory tenth festival, entitled A Gesture of Friendship, reflects the breadth his work and will be launched by Sir Tim Rice, along with a performance of Arnold’s Hoffnung Fanfare for 36 trumpeters.

Other highlights include the Northampton County Youth Orchestra performing Arnold’s 2nd Symphony.

On Saturday night, the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Martin Yates will perform Arnold’s Philharmonic Concerto, John Field Fantasy and 7th Symphony.

The Sunday evening’s Gala Concert will feature the Worthing Symphony Orchestra, conducted by John Gibbons.

Tickets for the two evening concerts cost from £15 to £34.50 each before fees with weekend tickets and day tickets available.

For a full schedule or to book, call 01604 624811 or visit www.royalandderngate.co.uk