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Music at Malling 2013 Festival

Music@Malling 2013 Festival celebrates Britten centenary

The 2013 Music@Malling Festival presents music by Benjamin Britten and the composers who he championed as a performer, alongside the works of Arvo Pärt and Mark Simpson

The third annual Music@Malling Festival, taking place between Thursday 26th and Sunday 29th September, brings outstanding artists to historical local venues in and around West Malling, Kent. The 2013 Festival will celebrate the centenary of Benjamin Britten, with works by the composer himself, and the composers who he championed as a performer.

Each year, Music@Malling profiles the music of living composers and in 2013, the works of Arvo Pärt and the young composer and clarinetist Mark Simpson will feature at the festival.

In addition to four days of concerts, Festival Director Thomas Kemp will bring together the outstanding musicianship of Chamber Domaine and dancers from English National Ballet for an education project based on Stravinsky's A Solider's Tale. The project will work with Key Stage II and III pupils in local primary and secondary schools and will combine music, movement, creative writing and art workshops, culminating in three school concerts on the opening day of the festival, narrated by Matthew Sharp.

Of the 2013 festival, Artistic Director Thomas Kemp said:

"The Britten centenary is celebrated with some of his well known works and others that were written in his youth. Britten was a great performer and his favourite composers - Schubert, Mahler, Schumann, Mozart - are featured alongside his own compositions. Like Britten, Mark Simpson is a fantastic instrumentalist and composer who uniquely won the BBC Young Musician of the Year as both a clarinetist and composer. A rising star in the music world, this will be a fantastic chance to hear his music and watch him perform. Arvo Pärt is one of the world's most celebrated contemporary composers and his In Memoriam Benjamin Britten is a starting point for an exploration of his instrumental music. Deeply moving but richly varied, many of his most celebrated works are programmed in the festival."

Performers at the 2013 festival include the Sacconi Quartet who will perform alongside Mark Simpson, an exciting evening of jazz from James Pearson and the Ronnie Scott's All Stars, cellist Richard Harwood and Chamber Domaine.

In addition, the celebrated local artist, Graham Clarke will be exhibiting his paintings and talking about his work as part of the festival.

Dedicated to building exciting new audiences, Music@Malling offers free tickets to all events to under 21s.

For more information, please visit www.musicatmalling.com

Box office:
Tonbridge Castle (open 7 days a week) 01732 876166
Tickets available online at www.musicatmalling.com
By post from 14 Town Hill West Malling Kent ME19 6QN (with booking form)
Or on the door

Music@Malling 2013 Festival Programme

Thursday September 26th

Stravinsky - The Soldier's Tale

St Mary's Church, West Malling, Kent, ME19 6NE
Matthew Sharp - Narrator
Thomas Kemp - conductor
Chamber Domaine
English National Ballet
James Streeter - Choreography

Chamber Domaine perform schools concerts including an exciting performance of Stravinsky's The Soldier's Tale, narrated by Matthew Sharp with correography by James Streeter in collaboration with English National Ballet.The Soldier's Tale project involves children from 16 local schools in a music, movement, creative writing and art project running prior to the festival. The concerts are the culmination of this project.

11.00am, 12.30pm and 2.00pm
Tickets: £5.00


Friday September 27th

Ancient and Modern - Lunchtime Concert
Pilsdon Community, West Malling, Kent, ME19 6HH

Chamber Domaine

Mahler - Piano Quartet
Simpson - Barkham Fantasy for Piano
Britten - Introduction and Allegro for Piano Trio
Mozart/Pärt - Adagio for Piano Trio
Schumann - Piano Quartet, Op.47

Tickets: £15/£12

A Family Four Seasons
St Mary's Church, West Malling, Kent, ME19 6NE

Chamber Domaine
John Mills - Violin

Eynsford Concert Band
Mike Smith - Conductor

Purcell - Chaconny
Vivaldi - Four Seasons
A medley of British Band Classics including music from The Dam Busters, The 49th Parallel and James Bond.

Tickets: £15/£12 Concessions All under 21's free

Saturday September 28th

The Sacconis play Schubert and Mozart
All Saint's Church, Birling, Kent, ME19 5JF

Mark Simpson - Clarinet
Sacconi Quartet

Schubert - Quartettsatz, D.703
Pärt - Summa
Stravinsky - Three pieces for Clarinet
Mozart - Clarinet Quintet in A, K.581

Tickets: £15/£12


A series of master classes in historical venues with leading performers coaching young musicians.


Free entry

Meet the Artist
St.Mary's Church, West Malling, Kent ME19 6NE

A chance to meet famous local artist Graham Clarke

Free entry

The Great American Songbook
St. Mary's Church, West Malling, Kent, ME19 6NE

James Pearson and friends

James Pearson and his band - resident ensemble at Ronnie Scott's - make a welcome return to Music@Malling with a wealth of music from across the pond including a brilliant rendition of Rhapsody in Blue. A music for all lovers of jazz.

Tickets: £20.00

Sunday September 29th

St. Lawrence Church, Mereworth, TN15 0LQ

Richard Harwood - cello
TBC - piano

Schumann - Fantasiestücke, Op.73
Pärt - Fratres
Schubert - Ave Maria
Britten - Cello Sonata

Tickets: £15/£12

Meet the Composer - A chance to meet Mark Simpson
St.Mary's Church, West Malling, Kent, ME19 6NE
6pm Free

Simpson and Mozart
St. Mary's Church, West Malling, Kent, ME19 6NE

Mark Simpson - Clarinet
Thomas Kemp - conductor
Chamber Domaine

Pärt - Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten
Simpson - Windflower
Britten - Simple Symphony Op. 4
Simpson - Septet
Pärt - Festine Lente
Mozart - Clarinet Concerto in A K.622

Tickets: £20.00/£15.00


NB All under 21's free
All tickets include a glass of wine/refreshments
Season Ticket for all events £80


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