Founded by the Artistic Director, Peter Smith, the Autumn in Malvern Festival has run continuously since 1989. The festival is classical music based with a strong literary and visual arts element, employing professional artists, often of international repute.
This year is no exception with the return of the European Union Chamber Orchestra, their 5th visit to the festival, and Sofya Gulyak, who is a past winner of the Leeds International Piano Competition and currently visiting Professor of Piano at the Royal College of Music.
Malvern’s international award winning chamber choir, Aldwyn Voices, conducted by Adrian Lucas, is joined by the actor, Peter Sutton, and the Brompton String Quartet. This concert takes the form of a sequence of words and music, illuminating relatively unknown aspects in the lives of Charles Villiers Stanford and Edward Elgar in Malvern. Stanford wrote his String Quartet No 3 during one of his summer holidays in Malvern, and Elgar lived here for 13 years. The Stanford quartet will be performed by the Brompton String Quartet, and Aldwyn Voices sing beautiful small scale choral music by Elgar and Stanford.
St Leonard’s Church, part of the Beauchamp Community, Malvern Link, is the location for two events. Summoned by Bells, on the life and times of the poet John Betjeman, recalled in prose, poetry and music, with Paul Vaughan as narrator, and Roy Massey as organist. The other is an introduction and video presentation by Colin Brownlee on the restoration of the Clayton and Bell frescos within the Grade 1 Listed church. Iain Simcock, former Sub Organist at Westminster Abbey and Assistant Director of Music at Westminster Cathedral performs two organ works by JS Bach at this special event.
There is a combined morning and afternoon Elgar Walk around locations connected with the composer and the distinguished Elgar Scholar, Dr Jerrold Northrop Moore, gives a talk entitled Elgar’s Secret Source; The Orchestral Music of Arthur Sullivan.
The famous Lanchester Marionettes have a strong connection with Malvern which will be covered in Steve Cockayne’s illustrated talk in the Coach House Theatre. Signed copies of his new book, Master of Marionettes, will be available for purchase at the talk.
Other talks in the festival are on Peter Mark Roget the 19th century polymath, marking the 150th anniversary of his death. He is buried at St. James’s West Malvern, where the talk is held. Art Historian, James Russell, talks on Artist Couples of Newlyn and Lamorna, a festival collaboration with The Friends of the Dame Laura Knight Society.
There is a central Malvern Art Trail which includes exhibitions in Malvern Library on Colour in Landscape by Carly Tinkler and Jem Waygood, associated with their illustrated festival talk. Kevin Austin’s Liverpool Post – War Narrative has paintings and writings of exceptional interest. In Malvern Priory, Brian Iles curates another of his admirable exhibitions on Souvenirs of Malvern.
Full information on- www.malvernfestival.co.uk
Box Office – from 1st August – MalvernTheatres – 01684 892277
Peter Smith – Founder & Artistic Director
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