Each issue has regular features such as  a Performance Diary, Letters page and Archive Section.

Current Issue

Issue 105 Summer 2016

Auction in Norwich

Festival 2017 The date for this year’s Festival is 14-15 October

New kid on the block: The last of three articles on the response of fellow composers to the young Malcolm Arnold 3. A talent to confuse (1949-53)

More on ‘Parasol’

Exploring fascinating Northampton

Bronwen Jones: pianist in Stolen Face

Clarinet concerto and sonatina

More newspaper cuttings from the past

Malcolm Arnold: a birthday tribute by Humphrey Searle Broadcast on the BBC in October 1971

Various Concert Reviews

Issue 104 Spring 2016

Concert review Essex Symphony Orchestra - Flourish for Orchestra and Third Symphony

Festival 2017 - The date for this year’s Festival is 14-15 October.

Sale of items from Sir Malcolm’s estate

The Nine Symphonies in concert Ealing Symphony Orchestra 2006 -2015

New kid on the block A three-part exploration of how established British composers reacted to the young Malcolm Arnold.

Parasol - Arnold’s only musical screened by the BBC on Sunday 20 March 1960

Fantasy for audience and orchestra - The 1970 first performance as remembered by Christine Dyer

Issue 103 Winter 2016

11th Malcolm Arnold Festival: Another Winner!

Nigel Hess's Launch address

Society Dinner Oct 15th

Complete brass music CD

New Kid on the block

Watching the flames together RVW and MA

Malcolm Arnold and Thomas Merritt

Black Mark for putting a tune into a Symphony

Issue 102 Autumn 2016

‘The voice of the people’: 11th Malcolm Arnold Festival

CD British Serenade: Solos with String Orchestra

Devils, donkeys, and dinosaurs: The influence of Gordon Jacob on the young Malcolm Arnold

Solitaire: sixty years on

Generation Y in Oldenburg

An Arnold mystery island?

Music making and manuscripts

Issue 101 Summer 2016

Malcolm Arnold Fantasies Competition

Hunt the chaconne!

Works for soloist and strings

Malcolm Arnold’s chamber music

Playing Malcolm’s clarinet works

Up at the Villa

The Arnold-Bournemouth connection

The Eton Arnold project


Issue 100 Spring 2016

London concert to launch new Arnold recordings

Arnold events in Cornwall

Malcolm Arnold and Ruth Gipps

Avalanche Patrol

Reconstructing Arnold's Film Scores - Philip Lane

150 Arnold symphony performances

Complete Brass works to be recorded

Issue 99 Winter 2015

The Tenth Arnold Festival - the best yet!

The Society Dinner

New recording of the Oboe Quartet

The Arnold-Bournemouth Connection

Alf Arnold: The Black Sheep of the family?

Arnold Films on DVD

Issue 98 Autumn 2015

Society helps fund Arnold CD release

Welcome to the 10th Arnold Festival


Scottish Dances in Maryland

Three's company - the Symphoniettas

Peter Pan

Arnold by arrangement



Issue 97 Summer 2015

Sonata for strings - first recording

The Dancing Master from the Guildhall School of Music

Was the muse really missing? Tony Meredith responds to the suggestion
in the last issue that the Concerto for 28 Players is a neglected gem.

Maryland Band Directors Band play Prelude, Siciliano and Rondo

Malcolm Arnold at 60 by Hugo Cole reprinted from MusicAnd Musicians 1981

Music from the Films A discussion between Muir Mathieson and Malcolm Arnold

Northampton Mercury archives

The Sunshine Matinees by Alan Poulton

The BBC Genome project - online access to The Radio Times from 1923 onwards

Issue 96 Spring 2015

New recording of the Seventh Symphony
New Michala Petri CD
John Kuchmy – a man of many parts
An individual voice
This appreciation of Malcolm Arnold at the age of 60, written by Piers Burton-Page in 1981, has not previously been published

Issue 95 Winter 2014

Why we all love him so much
A kaleidoscopic imagination - the 9th Malcolm Arnold Festival
On and Off the record - John Kehoe talks about his work at Conifer
The elusive Serenade for guitar and strings
Flowers of the Forest - a ballet revival in Birmingham
The Three Musketeers in Canada
A new Arnold dance work: Suite Bourgeoise

Issue 94 Autumn 2014

Ninth Malcolm Arnold Festival
Conducting an interview with our new patrons - John Wilson and Keith Lockhart
Padstow unveiling: a wonderful day
Old friends and memories
Padstow pays tribute to composer who took Cornwall to his heart
‘Scratch’ choir premieres The Shipwright’s Song
Philip Pfaff: The forgotten organist of St Matthew’s Church
The Ipswich Festival Overture

Malcolm Arnold at 70

Issue 93 Summer 2014

Padstow unveiling honours Sir Malcolm
Keith Lockhart our new patron
Third Light - Simon Parker writes about his new play, which includes the Four Cornish Dances
Malcolm Arnold: the conductor remembered
The mystery of the Fourth Symphony
The Malcolm Arnold Trust


Issue 92 Spring 2014

Plaque unveiling at Padstow
Songs from the Films
5th symphony in Bel Air
A concerto rediscovered: Cello Concerto
Malcolm Arnold at Home

Issue 91 Winter 2014

Welcome to John Wilson as new Patron
Festival Dinner
Eighth Malcolm Arnold Festival
Personal reflections on No 8 - P Harris
The Padstow Lifeboat Op 94
Some memories of Malcolm Arnold in Cornwall

Issue 90 Autumn 2013

The Malcolm Arnold Society Festival Dinner
Paul Harris introduces the 8th Malcolm Arnold Festival
'The Padstow Lifeboat' Part 3

Issue 89 Summer 2013

Eighth Malcolm Arnold Festival - highlights to come in 19-20 October
Dorothy Morris obit
The Padstow Lifeboat
Specialoffer from Faber

Issue 88 Spring 2013

Malcolm Arnold Trumpet Competition
Plaque for Padstow
Sir Malcolm Arnold’s ‘The Padstow Lifeboat’ Op. 94

Issue 87 Winter 2012

Obituary for John Gould
Report on the Seventh Malcolm Arnold Festival
Arnold's Richmond played a the Olympics


Issue 86 Autumn 2012

Paul Harris speaks to Geoffrey Brand
Arnold, Bliss, Berners and Lambert (in the history of the Royal Ballet
How does Malcolm Arnold rank alongside other great 20th century English composers?
(the conclusion of Rebecca Steven's five part study

The Malcolm Arnold Festival, Northampton 21-22 Ocober
includes the World Premiere of The Dancing Master plus Strauss Der Fledermaus
Julian Lloyd Webber plays the Delius cello concerto
A night at the ballet. Suites from Sleeping Beauty and Nutcracker and three Arnold Ballet scores
(The programme will include Hobson’s Choice, David Copperfield, Sarabande and Polka and Bridge on the River Kwai march.)


Issue 85 Summer 2012

The Dancing Master - highlight of the Festival
Thames Diamond Jubilee River Pageant June 3rd includes the Padsrow Lifeboat march.
Projects to celebrate the life of Sir Malcolm
Havant Symphony Orchestra - the fourth symphony
A New Arnold Ballet

Issue 84 Spring 2012

Seventh Malcolm Arnold Festival 20-21 October 2012 - message from Paul Harris
Society News
Sixth Malcolm Arnold Festival
report by Edward Clark see also Len Mullenger
How does Malcolm Arnold rank alongside other great 20th century English composers? Part 4/5 Rebecca Steven
Arnold's First Symphony: Keith Lockhart conducts the BBC Concert Orchestra.

Issue 83 Winter 2011

An offer we can’t refuse
Celebrations in brass (and wine and cake)
The 9 symphonies at the Malcolm Arnold Festival
The dilemma of the Ninth
How does Malcolm Arnold rank alongside other great 20th century English composers?

Issue 82 Autumn 2011

Sir Malcolm Arnold's 90th anniversary - message from Paul Harris
Celebration in Brass
Malcolm Arnold on Desert Island Discs
A Malcolm Arnold Journal?

How does Malcolm Arnold rank alongside other great 20th century English composers? ... contd.

Issue 81 Summer 2011

Sir Malcolm Arnold's 90th anniversary
Festival Schedule
Celebration in Brass
How does Malcolm Arnold rank alongside other great 20th century English composers?
The Purple Dust saga

Issue 80 Spring 2011

The Arnold Cello Concerto in Concert
Where are the Great British Symphonies
The making of a musician

Issue 79 winter 2010

Hayley Mills at opening 5th Malcolm Arnold Festival
Society 'Get Together'
A Grand, Grand Event
Festival Gallery
Homage to the Queen

Issue 78 Autumn 2010

Cello Concerto recording in preparation (Naxos)
A breath of fresh air for the Malcolm Arnold Festival 2010
Malcolm Arnold at the Proms (1952 onwards)
Whoops! (Richard attenborough)

Issue 77 Summer 2010

Malcolm Arnold Festival 2010
First Society 'Get Together'
Festival News from Paul Harris

Planning pays off for young performers

The Persuasive Pamela (Watson)

If it ain't broke

STOP PRESS. The 2011 festivale will see the performance of all the Arnold symphonies

Issue 76 Spring 2010

Sir Malcolm's piano donated to Attleborough High school

2010 Festival News

The Symphonies on Record

Views sought: Should the Siciety be run by a committee

Issue 75 Winter 2009

An embarrassment of riches - three Festivals

Fourth Malcom Arnold Festival

Peterloo Prize Winner - Sarah Git; Beckus Joint Prize winners - Jude Carlton, Toby Young

The Fourth Symphony in concert

Padstow Arts Festival

Issue 74 Autumn 2009

Sheila Arnold 16 September 1919 - 25 June 2009

The Fourth Symphony discussed by John Gibbons

Devils, Donkeys and Dinosaurs - the influence of Gordon Jacob on Arnold

The first Padstow Arts Festival

Issue 73 Summer 2009

The Fourth Malcolm Arnold Festival

Sir Malcolm Arnold's Third Symphony in concert - Dr Howard Sowerby

Visit to Tallinn for The Three Musketeers

Issue 72 Spring 2009

In Memoriam Richard Hickox

From the Archives: Malcolm Arnold at Home (Oct 1969)

The Road to Badger's Green

Moritz Ernst plays Malcolm Arnold

Issue 71 Winter 2008

The Third Malcolm Arnold Festival - Tony Meredith reflects

A window Opens - opera

The Power of the Press

Issue 70 Autumn 2008

Festival Update
A conductor's view - Benjamin Ellin
Well Hung - a new portrait of Sir Malcolm

Slaithwaite Philharmonic performs 3rd symphony April 2009

Issue 69 Summer 2008

Malcom Arnold Festival 2008
The Malcolm Arnold Bronze
Roy Noakes 1936-2002

"It's a hotel, Jim, but not as we know it!"

Issue 68 Spring 2008

Sir Malcolm Arnold and Russia
The Three Musketeers - Olivier Award
The Dancing Master

Malcolm Arnold on YouTube

Issue 66 Autumn 2007

Update Second Arnold Festival Oct 6-7 2007
Eric Dickinson (d. June 2007)
Arnold on DVD - recent releases

Malcolm Arnold on Composition

Issue 65 Summer 2007

Second Malcolm Arnold Festival Oct 6-7 2007
The Grieg Society Arnold celebration
Arnold on CD - recent releases

The Sea Creature - Malcolm Arnold remembered Gerard Hoffnung (c 1960)
Moritz Ernst

Issue 64 Spring 2007

Memories of Malcolm
Society members pay their tributes
A 16 Hour Orgy
David Elliott, the producer, explains
Musicians' Book of Remembrance
Stan Hibbert - Obituary

Issue 63 Winter 2006

Sir Malcolm Arnold CBE 1921-2006 - obituaries
The Malcolm Arnold Festival 2006
Issue 64 Spring will continue our tribute to Sir Malcolm.
You may send a contribution of up to 150 words before Feb 1st.
6 Walton Street, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S75 2PE

Issue 62 Summer 2006

Honory Doctorate for Sir Malcolm (University of Northampton)
Box of Delights
( The Conifer recordings are being reissued)
The Malcolm Arnold Festival
Fine Arts Brass update

Issue 61 Summer 2006

The New Arnold double CD project
The return of Odysseus
The Cowbell Symphony
The Three Musketeers

Issue 60 Spring 2006

The Malcolm Arnold Festival
Continental Arnold
Komponisten uden sidestykke
(Composer without equal)

Issue 59 Winter 2005

The Seventh Symphony - Live! (in March 2006)
New Arnold Thematic Catalogue - Alan Poulton - work in progress
Malcolm Arnold in Cornwall
Malcolm Arnold on DVD

Issue 58 Autumn 2005

Glorious 12th Distinguished Musician Award for Sir Malcolm
Suite Success - Intriplicate perfom Suite Bourgeoise
The Turtle Drum - A Child's View
The Complete Brass Chamber Music of Sir Malcolm Arnold to go ahead.

Issue 57 Summer 2005

The Malcom Arnold Festival
Fiona Southey is new manager for Sir Malcolm
Malcolm Arnold House- Northampton for the care of children - further detail

Sir Malcom Arnold CBE - Patron and Friend - Tony Cleary

Issue 56 Spring 2005

The Incorporated Society of Musicians offer Sir Malcolm the Society's Distinguished Musician Award for 2004
A Truly Great Man - Irene Lynch recalls a beautiful friendship
Toward the Unknown Region: A film by Tony Palmer reviewed by Piers Burton-Page
Malcolm Arnold House- Northampton for the care of children

Issue 55 Winter 2004

Arnold Renascent? A personal view of the Study Day by John Pearce
Malcolm Arnold - Rogue Genius : review by Philip Wood
24-9-04 - LPO/Vernon Handley review by Günther Kögebehn
The Film - readers views
Sir Malcolm Arnold's String Quartet in performance and on tour by David Angel

Issue 54 Autumn 2004

The Concert and Film September 24th 2004
Alla Marcia: Arnold and the Quickstep
The battle of Britain - A Film Score Odyssey
DVD update

Issue 53 Summer 2004

First Person Singular - Julian Lloyd Webber
The New Biography by Anthony Meredith and Paul Harris
Celebration Concert to launch the New Biography
Arnold does Southend

Issue 52 Spring 2004

The Arnold Ensemble
Celebration: Malcolm and Anthony are reunited
Sixty Years Tacet - the recently discovered Wind Quintet
Writing Music for Films (Dr Malcolm Arnold - 1970)
Society Polo Shirts

Issue 51 Winter 2003

Editorial - Heartbreak
Sir Malcolm receives Honorary Doctorate
In His Own Words
Documentaries at the Imperial War Museum
A Song of Accounting Periods

Issue 50 Autumn 2003

Sir Malcolm recovering from a chest infection.
A new file about Sir Malcolm will open the 2004 season of the South Bank Show
During October the Imperial War Museum will be showing a series of Documentaries with music by Arnold to coindide with his 82nd birthday
The premiere of the revised Cello Concerto

Issue 49 Summer 2003

The Malcolm Arnold Society is delighted to welcome Richard Hickox CBE as its new Patron
Surprised by Beauty.
Arnold features in a book by Robert R Reilly
A Tale of Two Ditties.
Tracking down the Robert Burns tune in the second Scottish Dance
A Day with Sir Malcolm Arnold by Edward W Clark
Sir Malcolm in Texas for the Arnold Texas Fiesta

Issue 48 Spring 2003

The death of Lady Hilary Groves.
Lost and Found- The remarkable story of Malcolm Arnold's Wind Quintet Paul Harris
An Ebullient Young Man a personal recollection by Arthur Butterworth MBE
A Welcome Addition - review of Paul Jackson's new biography "The Brilliant and the Dark" By Phillip Wood
Sir Malcom Arnold in San Antonio A Musical Fiesta
Investigating Arnold's songs and arias.

Issue 47 Winter 2002

The Hunt for Purple Dust by Alan Poulton - the hunt for missing scores
Sorry Vaughan Williams, Sorry all the Rest - the scarcity of performances of British Music
Fantasy on a Theme of John Field (1975) Opus 116 - extract from Paul Jackson's new biography "The Brilliant and the Dark"
Just listen to the Bloody Music Sir Malcolm and Paul Serotsky

Issue 46 Autumn 2002

Fanfare for a Royal Occasion
A Grand Grad Composer:
Bill Newman chats with Sir Malcolm 1994
Arnold In Germany ....
.... and in Harrogate

Issue 45 Summer 2002

Hazard Chase to promote the music of Sir Malcolm Arnold
The Brilliant and the Dark: A further extract from Paul Jackson's book on Sir Malcolm
The Best clarinettist in the World
An offer you can't refuse

Issue 44 Spring 2002

The Brilliant and the Dark: Extract from Paul Jackson's book on Sir Malcolm
Discography Supplement March 2002

Two World Premieres
Archive: Tunes Foremost: Lyndon Jenkins questions the composer

Issue 43 Winter 2001

Brillante - The 80th Birthday Celebrations
... 'It's Sir Malcom's Birthday after all
80th Birthday Concerts at Wigmore hall, October 23 & 25
New Recordings

Issue 42 Autumn 2001

Malcolm Arnold talks about Film Music
Norman Lebrecht regrets Arnold's ommission from the Proms
Paul Serotsky praises Arnold's Music
Two World Premiere's at Cheltenham
CD Launch on Arnold Birthday

Issue 41 Summer 2001

Malcolm Arnold on Bass Drum
Appeal passes £800 mark
Conclusion of BBC Omnibus
Philip Goodall listens to latest Arnold releases

Issue 40 Spring 2001

80th Bithday Concert appeal
Something for everyone
Transcript of BBC Omnibus Documentary with John Amis
Latest recordings

Issue 39 Winter 2000

Arnold Festival Report: Philip Wood
Phillip Dyson writes about the Stolen  Face Ballade
TV Chef joins the Society

Issue 38 Autumn 2000

First Arnold Festival in Northampton previewed
Members letters
More recording news
CD offer from Chandos

Issue 37 Summer 2000

Live performance reviews: 4th symphony (UK); 9th Symphony (American premiere)
The Name Game - Paul Jackson makes an analytical discovery
Me and Malcolm Arnold. Arnold's librettist remembers
Malcolm Arnold Festival arranged for his home town of Northampton

Issue 36 Spring 2000

New Bostock CD reviewed
Member's Letters
World wide perfomance diary
CD and Huddersfield Concert Ticket offers

Issue 35 Winter1999

Bostock Interviewed
The Slaithwaite Review
Why am I a member of the Society
English Enigma part 2
CD offer

Issue 34 Autumn1999

Pimlico Dictionary of 20th Century Music under scrutiny
An American Essay Part 1 from Robet R Reilly
9th Symphony to receive American Premiere
CD offer

Issue 33 Summer 1999

The Slaithwaite Philharmonic announce their concert Season (incl. Arnold: Clarinet Concerto No. 2 & Symphony No. 4
John Huntley talks about Arnold's Film Music
Paul Serotsky's view of the John Field Fantasy
Arnold's David Copperfield and new CDs

Issue 32 Spring1999

Little Suite - Large Orchestra :Simon Rattle beats world record for  largest orchestra
Portrait of Diana Hirst
American correspondence on new Conifer CD
Massachusett's member seeks contact with other members

Issue 31 Winter 1998

Christmas at Craigmore
Diana Hirst - New representative for Sir Malcolm
A Floral Garland in Northamptonshire
The Arethusa Ensemble performances
A look at Tam O'Shanter on CD

Issue 30 Autumn 1998

A Festival of British Music: proposals from Richard Hickox
Nulli Secundus: Kneller Hall revisited
The Arnold- Lean Trilogy Part 3: The Bridge on the River Kwai by Christopher Richie
CD special offers to members
Naxos sales figures (Sept 98)
     Arnold Dances         16,665
     Symphonies 1 & 2    17,048
     Symphony 9             22,077
     Symphonies 3&4 it is a bit early for sales figures but 2,500 had gone at the end of August.
     This represents a total of 58,290 in two and a half years

Issue 29 Summer1998

The Slaithwaite Tales (or The Night is ended but the melody lingers on)
notes on the concert given by the Slaithwaite Philharmonic Orchestra
Andrew Penny (conductor) joins the Society
Recording notes including Andrew Penny's  recording of the fourth symphony

Issue 28 Spring 1997

Conferment Day at the Royal Northern College of Music
Julian Bliss (aged 8)
The Arnold- Lean Trilogy Part 2: Hobson's Choice by Christopher Richie
Concerto for Pop Group and Orchestra - Postscript by Vincent Budd

Issue 27 Winter 1997

Modulation: John Kehow takes over from Stan Hibbert
The 'Arnold Awards'
The Arnold-Lean Trilogy Part 1 by Christopher Richie
Malcolm Arnold and Jon Lord Part 2 Enter Malcolm Arnold by Vincent Budd

Issue 26 Autumn 1997

Surf with Arnold Arnold on the World Wide Web

Malcolm Arnold and Jon Lord: "Concerto for Group and Orchestra "and "Gemini Suite" by Vincent Budd

BBC Proms snub Arnold Again  Editorial Comment

Recorded Music by Philip Goodall

STOP PRESS: Stan Hibbert has retired as Sir Malcolm's personal representative. His place is taken by John Kehoe

Issue 25 Summer 1997

The Rehearsal Orchestra and Sir Malcolm's Fifth symphony

Children's Suite Opus 36 by Denis Bloodworth

A portrait of obsessive revenge: The concluding part of Paul Jackson's look at Arnold's ballet music

Philip Goodall - the Society's new recording consultant

Issue 24 Spring 1997

An Arnold Premiere - almost! by Piers Burton-Page

Arnold's happiest collaboration: the third part of Paul Jackson's look at Arnold's ballet music

Stan's Master of the Queen's Gala Music - Peterloo at the opening of Bridgewater Hall

Arnold Celebration '96 some reflections by Stan Hibbert

Issue 23 Winter 1996

Thanks Stan - the Society shows its gratitude to Stan Hibbert

A Grand Grand Celebration  - Phil's view

This Christmas Night - an reprint of Mary Wilson's carol set by Malcolm Arnold

A serious Error: the second part of Paul Jackson's look at Arnold's ballet music

Press reviews of the Sir Malcolm Arnold 75th birthday concert RFH London

Issue 22 Autumn 1996

Commemorative Issue for Sir Malcolm Arnold's 75th Birthday

Birthday Greetings including those from H.R.H. The Duchess of Kent, Julian Lloyd Webber (Patron), Lady Hilary Grove and Norman Lebrecht

An Original Voice Uncompromised: The First part of an in-depth study of the ballet music of Malcolm Arnold by Paul Jackson

An Offbeat Story: Arnold as Composer of the Weeks at the BBC by Piers Burton-Page

Memories of Sir Malcolm by Philip Trowell

Issue 21 Summer 1996

Dear Mr Kenyon: An open letter to the Controller of BBC Radio 3 by Paul Brooks

Were you there? Arnold Celebration '96

Sir Malcolm Arnold and the Recorder by Denis Bloodworth of Recorder Magazine

What the Papers say . . .

Lost and Found The Society's founder, Paul Jackson, considers some Arnold gains and losses

Issue 20 Spring 1996

Stan's Soirée launches Arnold Celebration '96. The combined efforts of the Barbican Music Library, Novello & Co., Marialuisa Marino and others under the direction of Stan Hibbert, gave the "Arnold Celebration '96" a magnificent send-off.

Vive Arnold  record review by Michel Fleury

Arnold for Band record review by Keith Llewellyn

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