One of England’s most colourful and charismatic composers – Sir Malcolm Arnold – is to be celebrated across three days in October during the 17th International Malcolm Arnold Festival. This annual programme of events is centred around the multi-faceted composer and his music. 

In addition to live events taking place in London from 8 – 9 October, this year’s festival will also feature live-streamed events from around the UK on 30 October.

 Previously based in the city of the composer’s birth, Northampton, this year’s Festival is one of the most ambitious yet presenting both live and online events. 

Festival Director Paul Harris says: “This year’s Festival is called ‘The Dancing Master’ after Malcolm’s wonderful one-act opera. The concept of dance was such an inspiration to Malcolm – so much of his music contains vibrant and elaborate rhythmic dance movement.”

This October Festival aims to reach out to listeners both in person – with concerts, a masterclass and talks – as well as online, with performances from locations around the UK linked to the composer’s eventful life. 

Paul Harris said: “Connecting with listeners across the globe in this way is something Sir Malcolm would have greatly relished. Music for Malcolm was an act of communication, in his lovely words, ‘a gesture of friendship.”

The FREE-to-view ‘Online Day’ on Sunday 30 October presents a day of live music-making broadcast from a number of locations across the UK and Ireland that were of importance to Malcolm Arnold and inspired some of his most memorable music.

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