Wednesday, 23 September 2020

Spotlight on Mark-Anthony Turnage, Brian Elias, Eleanor Alberga: Music@Malling on-line festival

Malling Abbey (Norman West front and the modern church) - Photo Malling Abbey
Malling Abbey (Norman West front and the modern church) - Photo Malling Abbey

Each September, Thomas Kemp's festival Music@Malling brings a programme of live music, ranging from early to contemporary, classical to jazz, world and film music, to West Malling in Kent. This year, celebrations are on-line as the festival (founded in 2011) looks forward to its 10th anniversary in 2021. So this year there will be the Music@Malling Online Festival running from 16 to 18 October 2020, with the spotlight on music of Mark-Anthony TurnageBrian Elias and Eleanor Alberga. But outside this, activities continue on the festival's on-line channel At Home with Music@Malling, with a programme of performances, workshops, outreach and educational events.

The on-line festival will feature pianist Daniel Grimwood performing Beethoven sonatas alongside music by Brian Elias and Mark-Anthony Turnage, Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time with Thomas Kemp (violin), Jon Carnac (clarinet), Richard Harwood (cello), Sophie Rahman (piano) alongside improvisations by James Pearson (pianist at Ronnie Scott's), cellist Richard Harwood performs Bach's Cello Suite No. 1 plus music by Reger, Turnage and Elias, and harpist Hugh Webb and violinist Ann Beilby in a programme of English music.

The festival's resident ensemble Chamber Domaine performs music by Turnage and Elias, plus music from the festival's young composer forum Go Compose! Other events include Lizzie Ball and Classical Kicks, James Pearson and his trio, an on-line workshop with Nigel Short of Tenebrae, and there are a number of Meet the Artist events with Lizzie Ball, James Pearson, Thomas Kemp, composers Mark Anthony Turnage, Brian Elias, and Eleanor Alberga.

The finale to the festival is a performance of Eleanor Alberga's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs narrated by Matthew Sharp; an interactive and fun concert for all the family to enjoy, which will also form part of an extended outreach programme in 20 local primary schools run in conjunction with Kent Music.

Looking ahead, Music@Malling returns to live performance in April 2021 with a celebration of the 300th anniversary of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos, performed in Malling Abbey alongside new works by Brian Elias, Deborah Prichard, Daniel Kidane, Joseph Phibbs, Michael Price and Stevie Wishart. And in May 2021 there will be Turnage at 60, a weekend exploring the music of Mark-Anthony Turnage, including the premiere of a new Clarinet Concertino.

Full details from the Music@Malling website.

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