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Two Gala Concerts at the Wigmore Hall to celebrate the 80th Birthday of
Sir Malcolm Arnold CBE
In the presence of the composer

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2001 at 7.30pm

Second Violin Sonata Op43 (1953)
Songs from the song cycle Kensington Gardens (1938) World Premiere
Night, Tulip, Noon, The Rose
The Good-morrow (Donne) Op114 (1973)
Two Songs Op8 (1947)

Sonata for Viola Op17 (1947)
Piano Trio Op54 (1956)
Divertimento for Wind Trio Op37 (1952)
Sonata for Flute and Piano Op121 (1977)
Duo for Two Cellos Op85 (1965)
Music from the film Hobson’s Choice (1953, arr. Leslie Hogan) London Premiere

Madeleine Mitchell (violin), Ian Partridge (tenor), Roger Chase (viola), Paul Watkins (cello), Richard Shaw (piano), Ensemble Lumière, Emma Williams (flute), Melinda Maxwell (oboe), Fiona Cross (clarinet), Louisa Tuck (cello), The Purcell School, and Karen Jones (flute).

Piers Burton-Page, author of Philharmonic Concerto (the authorised biography of Sir Malcolm Arnold), presents "A Portrait of Sir Malcolm Arnold", a birthday portrait of the composer (born 21 October 1921) in the Bechstein Room at 6pm.

Thursday, October 25th, 2001 at 7.30pm

Three Shanties for Wind Quintet Op4 (1943)
Sonatina for Oboe and Piano Op28 (1951)
Waltz from Suite Bourgeoise (1940) London Premiere
Fantasy for Oboe Op90 (1966)
Second String Quartet Op118 (1975), Fanfare for Louis (1970)
Sonatina for Clarinet and Piano Op29 (1951)
Fantasy for Clarinet Op87 (1966)
Grand Fantasia Op973 (c1940) London Premiere
Fantasy for Flute Op89 (1966)
Quintet for Brass Op73 (1961)

Nicholas Daniel (oboe), Sebastian Bell (flute), the Maggini String Quartet (Laurence Jackson, David Angel, Martin Outram, Michal Kaznowski), Mark Law (trumpet), London City Brass Quintet, Mark van de Wiel (clarinet), Richard Shaw (piano), and the Galliard Ensemble [Kathryn Thomas (flute), Owen Dennis (oboe), Katherine Spencer (clarinet), Richard Bayliss (horn), Helen Simons (bassoon)].

Wigmore Hall Study Afternoon presents "Sir Malcolm Arnold – A Celebration of his Achievements" (with special focus on some of the works heard in the evening’s concert) in the Bechstein Room (3.30pm - 6pm).

The British Academy of Composers & Songwriters (amalgamating the former Association of Professional Composers, British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, and the Composers’ Guild of Great Britain) awards Sir Malcolm with a Fellowship, presented by Sir Tim Rice, at the second of the two Wigmore concerts (Thursday, October 25th, 2001). This is a significant honour, for it is the British Academy’s first such award to a classical composer.

Tickets for each concert: £18, £16, £12, £10 all bookable in advance from the Wigmore Hall Box Office 020 7935 2141. Online: www.wigmore-hall.org.uk. Box Office Hours: Mon - Sat: 10am - 8.30pm. Sun: 10.30am - 8pm. Days without concerts Mon - Fri: 10am - 5pm. No advance booking during the half hour prior to performance. Telephone Bookings: Mon - Sat: 10am - 7pm. Sun: 10.30am - 6.30pm. There is a £1 administration charge for each telephone transaction which includes the return of your tickets by first class post if time permits. Credit Cards: MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Diners, JCB, Switch & Solo (minimum £6). Postal Bookings: Please make cheques payable to "Wigmore Hall" and add a handling charge of 50p. Tickets will then be sent out by first class post.

For further information, contact Richard Shaw by e-mail or telephone: 07976 614429