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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.

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Photo credit Eric Richmond, Gramophone



(Written on September 26, 2012 )

LA Times

Meryl Streep Explains How Opera Training Helps Her Vocal Control.

Among the many pleasures of Meryl Streep’s “Fresh Air” interview that aired Monday on NPR is the actress’ discussion of her operatic training during her youth.


Mozart Goes To Africa In A Large Lorry.

Rupert Christiansen applauds a new plan to take a flat-pack version of Die Zauberflöte through Africa.

The Opera Novice: Passion For Puccini’s Tosca.

Benjamin Britten looked down on Puccini’s Tosca. But Sameer Rahim was thrilled by his first taste of the ‘shabby little shocker’.


Nicola Luisottie To Head Teatro Di San Carlo.

Conductor named music director of the Naples theatre.

The Harpsichordist János Sebestyén Has Died.

Born March 2nd, 1931, died February 4th, 2012.

ENO Announces The Charles Mackerras Fellowship.

New conducting award for emerging talent.


Purcell And A Pint – Welcome To A New Kind Of Classical Concert.

Maggie Faultless and her fellow musicians from the OAE are on a pub crawl which is changing the way they play and audiences listen.

Pass Notes No. 3,119: Curse Of The Ninth Symphony.

Composers have a tendency to pop off after their ninth symphony.

Thelma: An Opera World Premiere.

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s opera Thelma is getting its very belated premiere this week. In 2012, the centenary of his death, will Croydon’s most famous musical son finally get the recognition that has so long been denied him?

Jessica Duchen’s Classical Music Blog

What The Dickens?

Jessica Duchen wonders why isn’t there more music inspired by the works of Dickens.

New Yorker

Number Nine.

A new symphony and classic works by Philip Glass.

The composer in New York City in 1983. Photograph by Robert Mapplethorpe (

(Written on February 8, 2012 )