The 17th International Malcolm Arnold Festival 2022
Director, Paul Harris
Sunday 30th October, 11:30am and 3:00pm
FREE-to-view and streaming from around the UK
Live-streamed and FREE-to-view, the Malcolm Arnold Festival links up with performances around the UK from places linked to the composer.


MORNING 11:30am – 1:00pm

Fanfare and Introduction
Launch by Katherine Arnold, the composer’s daughter
English Dances Set 1 – Northampton County Youth Orchestra
Talk by Dr Timothy Bowers 
English Dances Set 2 – Peter Noke & Jen Hartley
Duo for Two Clarinets 
A Welsh Feature 
Welsh Dances – performed by members of the Royal Welsh College of Music

AFTERNOON 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Fanfare and introduction
A visit to Cornwall to include classic recordings of Padstow Lifeboat and Cornish Dances and interviews from those who played in the first performance.
Interview with Dame Monica Mason 
Solitaire: Sarabande and Polka – Lynn Arnold
Harp Fantasy – Clíona Doris 
Recorder Fantasy – Jill Kemp
A visit to Ireland with the Irish Dances
Dame Evelyn Glennie introduces the Scottish Dances played by the Orchestra of the Junior Department of the Royal Scottish Conservatoire This year’s 17th International Malcolm Arnold Festival concludes on Sunday 30 October with a day of FREE-to-view talks, interviews and performances in digital format, including all of Malcolm Arnold’s sets of Dances.

A day of live and recorded music-making, available free-to-view online, will 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. Included in the programme are performances of all of Malcolm’ Arnold’s ‘Dances’, including the English Dances with the Northampton County Youth Orchestra, Welsh Dances performed by the Royal Welsh College of Music, and Scottish Dances performed by The Orchestra of the Junior Dept. of the Royal Scottish Conservatoire.

Festival Director, 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’. This online day which features many performances, fascinating interviews and short films should provide a wealth of entertainment and intrigue.”