A Feast of Vintage Arnold in the Autumn
A veritable feast of orchestral and brass band music by Sir Malcolm Arnold has been announced as part of the London Philharmonic Orchestra's 2004/5 season at London's Royal Festival Hall in September.
• Opening the proceedings will be the world premiere screening of Tony Palmer's film "Toward the Unknown Region, Malcolm Arnold- A Story of Survival" on Monday 20 September at 7.30pm and introduced by Melvyn Bragg.
• Later in the week a Malcolm Arnold "Study Day" will be held in the Chelsfield Room during the morning and afternoon of Friday 24 September - the schedule is as follows:
10.30-11.30 "Malcolm Arnold and the 20th century":
Introduction and discussion by Tony Meredith and Paul Harris on Arnold in the context of English Music in the last half of the 20th century.
11.30-11.45 Coffee break
11.45-12.45 "Malcolm Arnold and the piano":
A talk by Benjamin Frith on the piano works of Arnold
13.30-14.15 “All my music is autobiographical”:
A discussion of the influence of his life on his music with Paul Harris and Tony Meredith
14.30-15.30 Delegates attend the first hour of the orchestra’s rehearsal with Vernon Handley
15.40-16.00 Question & Answer session with Paul Harris and Tony Meredith back in the Chelsfield Room
16.00-16.45 Book launch at Books etc.
16.45 Study Day finishes
18.15-18.45 Free pre-concert event in the RFH Auditorium:
A performance of Arnold’s "Sea Shanties" by members of the LPO followed by a discussion with Paul Harris and Tony Meredith
• Then a real treat - an all-Arnold orchestral concert on the evening of Friday 24th September with the following programme:
1. Flourish for a 21st Birthday
2. Overture:Beckus the Dandipratt
3. Suite:The Inn of the Sixth Happiness
4. Clarinet Concerto No.2
5. Philharmonic Concerto
6. Symphony No.6
The soloist in the Clarinet ConcertoNo.2 will be Julian Bliss and the concert will be conducted by Vernon Handley. It will be broadcast "live" on BBC Radio3 and the concert starts at 7.30pm.
• Then the following week a rare opportunity to hear Sir Malcolm's various sets of Dances in their brass band arrangements at a concert on Monday 27 September in the Queen Elizabeth Hall at 7.15pm - this concert presented by the LPO and supported by the South Bank Centre will feature six Arnold works for brass band as follows:
1. Four Scottish Dances
2. Siciliano from Suite No.1
3. Four Cornish Dances
4. Fanfare for Louis
5. Four English Dances Op.27
(plus pieces by William Walton, Elgar Howarth and Herbert Howells)
The Grimethorpe Colliery Band will be conducted by Elgar Howarth.
• Finally! in addition to the above performances the LPO will also open their FUNharmonic Family Concert on Sunday 7 November with Arnold's "Grand Grand Overture" conducted by Alexander Briger. This concert starts at 11.30am and will be presented by Chris Jarvis.
**Stop Press** - the world premiere of a newly edited concert Suite from Sir Malcolm's ballet "Electra" has been announced - this performance will take place at the Royal Festival Hall, London as part of a concert given by the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Barry Wordsworth on November 5th (with fireworks!). This concert will also be broadcast live on BBC Radio3.
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