Autumn in Malvern Festival: 23 Sept – 29 Oct 2023

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Autumn in Malvern poster with illustration of Great Malvern Priory

The programme for the 2023 Autumn in Malvern Festival has been announced by the Founder & Artistic Director, Peter Smith. Founded in 1989, the festival is classical music based with a strong literary and visual arts element. The festival comprises of concerts, historical and artistic exhibitions, and talks in a variety of venues across Malvern.

A regular visitor to the festival over the past 30 years is the European Union Chamber Orchestra comprising some of the finest musicians chosen from countries in the EU. This year they play music by Prokofiev, Walton, Tchaikovsky and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No12 in A, with the brilliant Yuzhang Li as soloist.

‘Malvern’s outstanding chamber choir’ Aldwyn Voices present a programme of choral music and poetry entitled ‘From William Byrd to James MacMillan’ marking the 400th anniversary of Byrd’s death and his legacy. Both concerts are at Malvern College in the Great Hall.

There is an illustrated talk by expert Eleanor Rawling on the Gloucestershire poet and composer Ivor Gurney and a concert including Gurney’s songs performed by the rising stars Nicholas Pritchard, Tenor, and Simon Lepper, Piano – accompanist to BBC Cardiff Singer of the World. The concert includes songs by Ian Venables, described by Musical Opinion as our ‘greatest living composer of art songs’, in the presence of the composer.

As a contrast, the Worcestershire Saxophone Quartet can be heard in works by Paul Reade and John Rushby-Smith at Elmslie House.

The Nicolai Choir, chamber choir of Stockholm Cathedral, are performing in Great Malvern Priory, where an exhibition entitled Malvern Connections is mounted in the North Aisle by local historian, Brian Iles.

The distinguished Harpsichordist, Iain Simcock, introduces and performs JS Bach’s final great work The Art of Fugue at the Grade1 Listed, St Leonard’s Chapel, Beauchamp Community, Malvern Link.  

Leading expert on the St Ives Colony of Artists, David Tovey, gives an illustrated talk in Colwall Village Hall continuing the festival’s long link with the Dame Laura Knight Society.

The principal exhibition in Gt. Malvern Library Over the Line is of oil and watercolour paintings by David Birtwhistle, plus Just Dance, paintings by Anthia Nakorn.  Elmslie House hosts an exhibition by The Hills Artists. Several other galleries in the town centre have interesting exhibitions.

Tickets are available from Central Box Office at Malvern Theatres – 01684 892 277 – from 1 August.

For any enquiries please contact [email protected]

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