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WildKat PR is delighted to welcome back Music@Malling for the fourth time. Music@Malling brings world-class artists to historic local venues in West Malling, Kent, combining a hugely successful outreach programme with a firm commitment to new music. This year sees the seventh iteration of the festival, in which 24 events will take place over 10 days, featuring music of leading contemporary composers, alongside classical, jazz and folk music. The festival aims to engage with the local community through education and outreach work and to provide events that both enrich and entertain audiences. Music@Malling aspires to develop innovative and creative projects that are of high quality and that raise the profile of music. The artists are involved in mentoring and supporting young musicians and composers across Kent.

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This year, outreach work includes 1400 primary school children from 16 schools partaking in a project focusing on Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes as well as 480 children performing in four concerts alongside the festivals resident ensemble, Chamber Domaine, and narrator Matthew Sharp. Furthermore, in conjunction with Sound and Music, Go compose!, gives 10 young composers from Kent the opportunity to compose a piece of music that is performed and recorded in one day under the expert guidance of Simon Pearce (Royal College of Music and Purcell School) and Chamber Domaine. The festival also offers Meet the Composer events with composers such as Alexander Goehr and Paul Patterson, and mentoring workshops with the Artistic Director of Ronnie Scott’s, James Pearson.

Concerts will include Chamber Domaine performing Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis and Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time. Artists range from harpsichord player Steven Devine, violinist Thomas Bowes to guitarist Craig Ogden performing Bach, Dowland, Britten, and Albeniz. Flute player Sami Junnonen will perform music by Bach, Sciarrino, Debussy, Berio, Takemitsu, as well as the premiere of a new work by Tomi Räisänen.

Thomas Kemp, Artistic Director, says: ‘Our seventh festival promises to be our best yet with a wide range of music and lots of interesting programmes and opportunities for music lovers young and old. Contemporary music by Alexander Goehr and Paul Patterson rubs shoulders with works by Bach, Mozart, Elgar, Vaughan Williams and Gershwin as well as jazz, world, folk and vocal music across 24 events. I am particularly proud of our work with local schools –engaging young people in creative activities – many for the first time.’

(Written on July 17, 2017 )

Tomorrow, the second annual Music@Malling festival opens, bringing together musicians to perform at historic venues around West Malling, Kent. Showcasing the work of contemporary composers, this year the festival includes works from Huw Watkins and Judith Bingham, alongside composers’ most admired by Charles Dickens, such as Mendelssohn, Mozart, and Chopin, in celebration of what would have been his 200th birthday.

Music@Malling also features a Meet the Composers event, as well as  education and outreach programmes, enabling local school children to get involved. Opening the festival this Thursday, are performances of Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals by Chamber Domaine, narrated by cellist Matthew Sharp, who will be performing throughout the festival. Children from local primary schools have contributed to the project through art and compositional tasks.

Ahead of the festival, conductor and festival founder Thomas Kemp featured on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune, with pianist Ben Dawson to perform Judith Bingham’s Shelley Dream, which will be performed at the festival. Cellist Richard Harwood also appeared on the show, with baritone Jonathan McGovern, and Matthew Sharp to discuss Music@Malling, and the connections West Malling shares with Charles Dickens. Contrasting with the music of Judith Bingham, In Tune opened with Mendelssohn’s Song Without Words,,which will be performed at the festival on Saturday 29th.

For more information and tickets for Music@Malling, visit their website: http://musicatmalling.com/index.php

Photo credit Eric Richmond, Gramophone

 

 

(Written on September 26, 2012 )

Now in its second year, the Music@Malling Festival, founded and directed by conductor Thomas Kemp, celebrates the work of living composers alongside the classical greats who inspired them. This year’s Festival will mark the 200th anniversary of Dickens’ birth, evoking the recitals which Dickens himself would often host, with a performance by Jonathan McGovern, Matthew Sharp and Chamber Domaine.

This year sees the world-premiere of Judith Bingham’s Waning Moon as well as a selection of the composer’s other works and music by Huw Watkins. Alongside this will be music by some of Dickens’ favourite composers: Mendelssohn, Mozart and Chopin.

For further details, the full programme and to buy tickets, please visit the Music@Malling Festival website.

(Written on September 7, 2012 )

To read this weekend’s Financial Times review of A Constant Obsession with Thomas Kemp and Chamber Domaine, click here.

The paper praised the recordings for highlighting Turnage at “his most lyrical and accessible”.

(Written on March 19, 2012 )

In the current issue of Classical Music Magazine, conductor Thomas Kemp discusses the pros and occasional cons of working with living composers, and about his recent recording of chamber works by Mark-Anthony Turnage with Chamber Domaine and Nicky Spence.

You can read Thomas’ interview in the current issue of Classical Music Magazine and buy the recording, A Constant Obsession, from Resonus Classics.

Stepping away from contemporary repertoire, Thomas makes his Opera Holland Park debut this summer, conducting their new production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte.

(Written on February 2, 2012 )

The Times

Mark-Anthony Turnage: A Constant Obsession.

Geoff Brown finds ‘these Turnage premiere recordings of recent works bouncing along in superb sound; superb artistry too, with pungent playing from Chamber Domaine, conducted by Thomas Kemp’.

The Independent

Anthony Hopkins: Hannibal Hits The High Notes With A Classic Performance.

The Oscar-winning actor Anthony Hopkins has composed a collection of classical works. Many of the pieces are inspired by memories of his childhood in south Wales, he tells Jessica Duchen.

New York Times

Ringing Finally Ended, But There’s No Button To Stop Shame.

They were baying for blood in the usually polite precincts of Avery Fisher Hall after an iPhone marimba ring tone interrupted a performance of Mahler’s 9th Symphony.

LA Times

Composer Andrew Norman Joins Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

Composer Andrew Norman will be joining the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra as its new composer-in-residence.

BBC News

BBC Radio 3 To Premiere Unheard Brahms Work.

A recently discovered piano work by the composer Johannes Brahms is to be given its world premiere by Radio 3.

The Guardian

Birmingham’s Symphony Hall Celebrates 21 Years.

The country’s best hall for orchestral music? No contest: Birmingham’s Symphony Hall. And it’s celebrating its 21 years in style writes Tom Service.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/global/tomserviceblog/2012/jan/12/birmingham-symphony-hall-simon-rattle

 

(Written on January 13, 2012 )

Thomas Kemp is featured in this month’s Gramophone magazine as their monthly ‘one to watch’. In it he is described as ‘a musician for the modern age’ and talks about his upcoming engagements such as Così fan tutte at Opera Holland Park and his new CD with Chamber Domaine; A Constant Obsession.

It also features a tribute from Judith Bingham, with whom he has an ongoing working relationship. In the piece, Bingham describes Thomas as ‘an incredibly dynamic person – like a shot in the arm’.

To read the full interview see the January issue of Gramophone magazine – available now.

(Written on December 22, 2011 )

Thomas Kemp was on In Tune on Tuesday talking about his Christmas concert, Music@Malling. This is also a first chance to hear world-premier recordings of music by Mark Anthony Turnage, from the CD recorded by Thomas Kemp and Chamber Domaine; A Constant Obsession.

You can also see Thomas Kemp featured in the January Issue of Gramophone magazine, out now.

If you missed In Tune on Tuesday, you can still listen here.

For more information on A Constant Obsession, go to the Resonus website here.

(Written on December 19, 2011 )

Following the huge success of the 2011 Music@Malling Festival, Thomas will conduct a one-off Christmas concert on 17th December 2011 conducting the highly-acclaimed ensemble, Chamber Domaine. Featuring music by Mozart and Sibelius in a candle-lit venue, this concert promises to be the perfect occasion to enjoy some festive music in an exquisite setting.

Programme:

Sibelius – Romance

Mozart – Divertimento in D K. 136

Sibelius – Rakastava

Interval 

Sibelius – Valse Triste

Mozart – Divertimento in B K137

Sibelius – Andante Festivo

Mozart – Divertimento in F K 138

Tickets are £15 for adults and free for children. For booking more information please call 01732 770 929.

Next year Music@Malling Festival will feature the work of Huw Watkins and Judith Bingham alongside MendelssohnMozart and Haydn.

(Written on December 7, 2011 )

In a new release on Resonus Classics, conductor Thomas Kemp is leading the exquisite Chamber Domaine in world-premiere recordings of chamber works by Mark-Anthony Turnage.

Famed for his often controversial compositions, Turnage is regarded as one of the greatest 21st century composers, fusing contemporary classical with jazz and popular influences.

The new recording features some of Turnage’s most evocative chamber works performed by members of Chamber Domaine, with a guest performance from the outstanding tenor Nicky Spence on the central work of the album, the song cycle about love – A Constant Obsession.

For more information about this release, please visit Resonus Classics’ website, or Thomas Kemp’s. A Constant Obsession will be available for download from January 2nd 2012.

(Written on November 2, 2011 )