Sir Malcolm Arnold


Born: Northampton, England.

Trained/Educated: Royal College of Music, studying trumpet with Ernest Hall and composition with Gordon Jacob.

Companies/Organisations: London Philharmonic Orchestra, second trumpet (1941 – 1944), principal trumpet (1946 – 1948).

Previous Work: As Composer: Three Shanties for Wind Quintet Op 4 (1942), Larch Trees Op 3 (1943), Beckus the Dandipratt Op 5 (1943), Variations on a Ukranian Folk Song for Piano Op 9 (1944), Concerto No 1 for Horn and Orchestra (1945), Symphony for Strings Op 13 (1946), Concerto for Clarinet and Strings (1948) and The Smoke (1948).  Other works including: Cornish Dances, Sixth Symphony, The Padstow Lifeboat, Viola Concerto and the Concerto for Two Pianos (3 hands), were composed while he was in Cornwall.  After moving to Dublin, he composed: the Seventh Symphony, Clarinet Concerto No 2, and the Fantasy on a Theme of John Field. On his return to England in 1977 he completed: the Symphony for Brass, Trumpet Concerto and the Eighth Symphony.  In late 1985 he was inspired by Michela Petri to write a Fantasy for Recorder, which was followed by the Irish Dances, Ninth Symphony, Fantasy for Cello and Cello Concerto, written for Julian Lloyd Webber.

Personal: In 1948 he was awarded a Mendelssohn Scholarship by the Royal College of Music.  In 1969 he was made a Bard of the Cornish Gorseth and was awarded the CBE in 1970. He holds Honorary Doctorates of Music from the Universities of Exeter, Durham and Leicester – and in America from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio; he was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Music in 1983 and is an Hon. R.A.M. and an Hon. F.T.C.L. In 1985 Malcolm Arnold received an Ivor Novello Award for “Outstanding Services to British Music”, the Wavendon Award in 1985, and a knighthood in the 1993 New Years Honours List for his services to music. In 1994 the Victoria College of Music appointed Malcolm Arnold as their president. In 2001 he was made a Fellow of the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters. In 2004 he was also honoured with the Incorporated Society of Musician’s Distinguished Musician Award “for his lifetime’s achievements as one of the greatest composers of the 20th century.” In 1989 he received the Freedom of Northampton. On 29th June, 2006, the University of Northampton conferred on Malcolm Arnold an Honorary Doctorate.

Sir Malcolm died in Norwich on 23 September 2006.