Wednesday 12 September 2018


St Leonard's Tower, West Malling photo Thomas Beilby (Wikimedia Commons)
St Leonard's Tower, West Malling
photo Thomas Beilby (Wikimedia Commons)
Music@Malling takes place annually in the historic town of West Malling in Kent, and under artistic director Thomas Kemp the eighth festival will be presenting a lively mix of contemporary composers alongside classical, jazz, vocal, world and film music from 16 to 29 September.

Inevitably, World War One and the Armistice are a big feature of this years programme, with Nigel Short and Tenebrae performing Commemorating the Armistice, including Owain Park's Footsteps, and Thomas Kemp and his ensemble Chamber Domaine perform a programme of string music with actor Charles Dance giving readings from Siegfried Sassoon.

Contemporary music is always a big feature of the festival and this year Judith Weir is profiled, with her music in five concerts across the festival, a Meet the Composer event and a study morning on her music. James Pearson, artistic director of Ronnie Scott's, will be performing Inventions Reinvented, his re-working Bach's Two and Three-part inventions, whilst cellist Peter Gregson's Bach Recomposed re-interprets Bach's Cello Suites for cello and electronics. Bach unarranged features in Craig Ogden's Bach Pilgrimmage when he performs Bach's complete Lute Suites in Malling Abbey.

The festival has a successful and popular outreach programme and this year 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 Pochin.

Full details from the Music at Malling website.

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