Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Music@Malling: music in historic venues in a Kent market town

St Leonard's Tower, West Malling - photo Thomas Beilby (Wikimedia Commons)
St Leonard's Tower, West Malling
photo Thomas Beilby (Wikimedia Commons)
Music@Malling, the festival in the Kent town of West Malling, opens on 23 September for the sixth edition of the festival. Founded by conductor Thomas Kemp (who grew up in the area), the festival combines classical music with contemporary, jazz and world music performed in historic venues around the town. This year the festival not only commemorates the First World War and Shakespeare anniversaries, but that of Frank Sinatra too, plus a series of concerts devoted to the music of Bach.

Performers include Kemp's ensemble Chamber Domaine, vocal ensemble Stile Antico, organist Matthew Owens and the Callum Au Band. Harpsichordist Steven Devine accompanies cellist Richard Harwood in Bach's viola da gamba sonatas, and accompanies violinist Mathew Truscott in Bach's violin sonatas.

There is a major education project based around Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf, whilst both Stile Antico and James Pearson (artistic director of Ronnie Scott's) will be offering mentoring sessions. Go Compose! offers a chance for young composers to be mentored by Simon Speare (from the Royal College of Music) and members of Chamber Domaine.

Full information from the Music@Malling website.

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