The eighth Music@Malling Festival takes place in West Malling this month and St Mary’s is pleased to be one of the host venues.
Combining a hugely successful outreach programme with a firm commitment to new music, the eighth Music@Malling festival comprises 28 events across 14 days.
- 1,800 children from 20 primary schools compose theme tunes for the theme park rides in The Great Enormo – a 21st Century Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, written by Michael Rosen and set to music by husband and wife team, James Morgan and Juliette Cochin.
- One of the world’s leading choirs, Tenebrae, under their acclaimed director, Nigel Short, give a concert Commemorating The Armistice performing works by Elgar, Stanford, Parry and Taverner. Owain Park – Footsteps will be performed side-by-side with young singers from local secondary schools.
- In this centenary year for the end of the First World War, the Armistice is further commemorated in a programme of British string classics with Chamber Domaine under the baton of Thomas Kemp. Legendary actor, Charles Dance OBE, narrates the programme with readings from Siegfried Sassoon and his rediscovered correspondence with leading figures from the 20th century.
- The Master of Queen’s Music Judith Weir CBE is profiled across five concerts with Meet the Composer events and a study morning exploring her music.
- Debussy 100 – the composer is featured in four concerts including Chamber Domaine at Pilsdon Barn performing the three sonatas written at the end of the First World War dedicated to those fighting at the front. Leading young pianist, Vanessa Benelli Mossel performs Debussy Préludes and Suite Bergamasques. Outstanding organist, Rupert Jeffcoat, performs an arrangement of L’Après-midi d’un Faune as part of an organ recital featuring works by Elgar and Weir and renowned Tippett Quartet perform two classic quartets by Elgar and Debussy – a work which was dedicated to Eugène Ysaÿe.
- Eugène Ysaÿe – ‘The King of the Violin’ – is a featured composer. One of the greatest of all virtuosi, a brilliant conductor, teacher and composer, his complete Sonatas for Violin are performed by Thomas Bowes in Malling Abbey. Rarely heard works also feature in recital given by Richard Harwood and by Chamber Domaine in The Control Tower, King’s Hill.
- Bach Pilgrimage – one of the world’s finest guitarists, Craig Ogden, performs the complete Bach – Lute Suites in the iconic setting of Malling Abbey.
- Ahead of its World Premiere at London’s V&A in November and to mark the end of the prestigious Frida Kahlo “Making Her Self Up” exhibition, violinist and vocalist Lizzie Ball and guitarist Morgan Szymanksi, will be previewing a selection of works from Corrido – A Ballad for The Brave taking musical and visual inspiration from the cultural landscape of Frida’s time in the inspiring All Saint’s Church, Tudeley with its famous Marc Chagall windows.
- James Pearson – Artistic Director of Ronnie Scott’s returns to give a solo recital The Inventions Reinvented – a reworking of Bach’s Two and Three-Part Inventions.
- Outstanding cellist and composer, Peter Gregson performs Bach Recomposed – a reinterpretation of the Bach Cello Suites for solo cello and electronics which is to be released on the iconic Deutsche Grammophon label in October 2018.
- Music@Malling are also delighted to be collaborating with the Park Lane Music Foundation
supporting outstanding young artists at the beginning of their careers with a recital in the
stunning church of St.Peter & St.Paul, Trottiscliffe.
Thomas Kemp – Artistic Director
Alan Gibbins – Chairman