Sir Malcolm Arnold


Born in Northampton, Sir Malcolm Arnold studied Trumpet and Composition at the Royal College of Music (RCM) before joining London Philharmonic Orchestra as Second, then Principal, Trumpet (1941 – 1948). In 1948 RCM awarded him a Mendelssohn Scholarship and Sir Malcolm left professional playing for a career in composing

Widely regarded as one of the greatest composers of the 20th century, Sir Malcolm created an impressive number of celebrated works during his lifetime which earnt him many accolades including a CBE (1970) and a knighthood in the 1993 New Year’s Honours List.

Works include: Cornish Dances (1966); Sixth Symphony (1967); Concerto for Two Pianos (Three Hands) (1969); The Padstow Lifeboat and Viola Concerto (1971); Seventh Symphony (1973); Clarinet Concerto No 2 (1974); Fantasy on a Theme of John Field (1975); Symphony for Brass (1978); Eighth Symphony (1978); Trumpet Concerto (1982); Irish Dances (1986); Ninth Symphony (1987); Recorder Concerto for Michaela Petri (1988); Fantasy for Cello (1987) and Cello Concerto (1988), both for Julian Lloyd Webber.

In 1983 Sir Malcolm was made a Fellow of RCM and in 1985 an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music. He also received Honorary Doctorates from Exeter, Durham, Leicester, Northampton and Miami (Ohio) universities.

In 1985 he received the Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Services to British Music and the Freedom of Northampton in 1989. In 2004, Sir Malcolm was honoured with the Incorporated Society of Musicians Distinguished Musician Award for his lifetime achievements.

Sir Malcolm passed away in September 2006.