Annual festival marks Malcolm Arnold’s life

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The eighth annual Arnold Festival takes place at Royal & Derngate this weekend.

The event will be celebrating the life and work of prolific Northampton-born composer Sir Malcolm Arnold.

His music was popular during the 1950s. His work had a major influence on 20th century British music.

This year’s festival reveals the breadth of his talents, featuring film music, music for the ballet, and works for orchestra, chamber ensembles and instrumentalists.

Highlights of the festival include The Turtle Drum, a piece written for school children, which will be performed by pupils from the Malcolm Arnold Academy.

There will also be a rare performance of both Arnold’s string quartets by the Royal Northern College of Music.

On the Saturday afternoon the festival moves to St Matthew’s Church for a family concert, hosted by BBC Radio Northampton’s John Griff, and featuring 
the Ealing Symphony Orchestra.

The finale to the weekend on Sunday night will be a Movie Classics Gala Concert in Derngate’s auditorium featuring world renowned clarinettist Julian Bliss, performing with the Worthing Symphony Orchestra, conducted by John Gibbons.

Tickets for the Gala Concert on Sunday cost from £14.50, while weekend tickets for the rest of the festival cost £12.50.

For the full schedule call 01604 624811 or visit