The Proms 2013 are already in full swing and Northampton’s own Sir Malcolm Arnold has already been honoured as part of the annual fiesta of music, with a performance of his English Dances, Set 1, at the Royal Albert Hall.
Northampton is definitely proud of someone who is arguably the town’s most famous composer and details have already been released about this year’s Malcolm Arnold Festival, which will take place from October 19-20 at the Royal & Derngate. The weekend will include many concerts, talks and events, culminating in a spectacular Gala Concert, entitled Movie Classics. The Worthing Symphony Orchestra, performing as The Malcolm Arnold Festival Orchestra, will be conducted by John Gibbons, in a programme which features clarinettist Julian Bliss performing Arnold’s Clarinet Concerto No 2. The concert will also include film music by Malcolm Arnold from The Inn Of The Sixth Happiness and You Know What Sailors Are. Other classical favourites on offer will be Ravel’s Bolero and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight Of The Bumblebee. To find out more about the forthcoming Royal & Derngate Orchestral Season, see www.royalandderngate.co.uk.
On a separate note, tickets are also available for a special concert next month marking the 120th anniversary of St Matthew’s Church in Northampton. The programme will include a performance of Rejoice In The Lamb by Benjamin Britten and Lo, The Full, Final Sacrifice by Gerald Finzi. Tickets cost £12, £8 for Friends and £5 for students. Ring 01604 791251.