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Due to Covid-19 the 15th International Malcolm Arnold Festival entitled A Man of the People will be held online from 17 to 18 October 2020.
Welsh composer Lynne Plowman has released her new album The Beachcomber on the Prima Facie label.
The English Music Festival (EMF) is playing its part in restarting music-making in the UK with the Sussex Autumn Festival on 9 to 10 October.
The symphony opens with a sense of coiled drama, as over a throbbing pulse, sweeping strings and harp, alongside squealing winds and brass, create a phantasmagoric mood.
Following recent feature about blue plaques, here is a picture of the Blue Plaque which was officially installed by John McCabe during the annual Rawsthorne Weekend in 1998.
The George Lloyd Society has recently published their latest occasional newsletter, with much interesting material.
This CD offers just under an hour of agreeable if slightly – well, slight – listening, and as such it might be best thought of as a sampler or calling card for a composer whose major achievements are to be found elsewhere.
This collection of compositions by 15 living composers is perfectly described in an introduction by Paul Hindmarsh of the Royal Northern College of Music as a ‘Garland of tributes to Sir John Manduell.
These remastered recordings are taken from early recordings and film soundtracks. The music ranges from ballets Holst’s The Perfect Fool and Falla’s El Amor Brujo, through incidental music for a play Delius’s Hassan, to films, with well-known music by Vaughan Williams, Walton, and Bliss.