The Project

Participation and Learning are central to Music@Malling with satellite events held across the year that engage people in the arts and live performance. Each September, Music@Malling has a series of workshops which culminate in concerts. In 2014 the focus for this was on HK Gruber – Frankenstein!! in conjunction with Chamber Domaine and English National Ballet.

In 2015, Music@Malling will have a multidisciplinary project based around the Brother’s Grimm Fairy Tales. The festival have commissioned a new work from leading contemporary composer, David Horne. Grimm Tales will be the culmination of a series of dance and music workshops held in schools across Kent. The commission is generously supported by the Britten Pears Foundation.

Music@Malling hold masterclasses with visiting artists, informative events tied to concerts and have an ongoing project that promotes ensemble playing in local schools supported by Soundhub, Kent.

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Young instrumentalists in six primary schools will work with outstanding professional musicians learning to play their instruments in mixed ensemble groups.

A two-year programme, the first project in 2014, involved 150 children in six schools playing in ensembles drawn from years 4-6. Based around Britten - Sinfonietta Op.1 - a piece Britten wrote when he was a teenager, the project culminated in a packed performance at St.George’s Church, Wrotham with instrumental groups performing alongside the musicians from Chamber Domaine.

In 2015, the project was based around John Adams - Shaker Loops.

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Calling all budding musicians young and old!

As part of the festival, there are a series of masterclasses with Music@Malling artists. The masterclasses are supported Kent Music and Soundhub Kent and are free to attend and participate in. Please click on the link to register.

Go Compose!
19th September 10am-5pm The Clout Institute, High Street, West Malling, Kent, ME19 6QH

Held in conjunction with Sound and Music, students have the opportunity of working with leading contemporary composer David Horne and the musicians from Chamber Domaine. The day will culminate in a concert which will be recorded. A brilliant chance to have a recording of your music and work with an inspiring composer and professional instrumentalists.

James Pearson - Artistic Director Ronnie Scotts - Jazz
26th September 2pm-4pm St.Mary’s Church, West Malling, Kent, ME19 6NE

This class will be led by leading Jazz pianist, James Pearson. The participating musicians will perform in the evening concert which features legendary singer, Claire Martin OBE alongside James Pearson and the Ronnie Scotts All Stars.

The Sacconi Quartet
26th September 3-5pm All Saint’s Church, Birling, Kent, ME19 5JF

The Sacconi Quartet will coach chamber ensembles following their concert of Sibelius and Nielsen as part of the festival.

27th September 10-1pm The Clout Institute, High Street, West Malling, Kent, ME19 6QH

Thomas Kemp - Violin/Viola
Richard Harwood - Cello


Building on the great success of the last five years, Music@Malling has commissioned a new work by leading contemporary composer David Horne.

Based on the Brother’s Grimm Fairy Tales, the work comprises a series of short movements depicting a different tale or character. These will be interspersed with music composed by whole classes and orchestrated to be performed alongside professional musicians.

Several of the movements will be choreographed and performed by children alongside dancers from English National Ballet.

The project is designed to inspire creativity and imagination and is multi disciplinary, involving art, literature, music and dance.

The world premiere of Grimm Tales will be on 22nd September at St.Mary’s Church, West Malling with subsequent performances at Revelation St.Mary’s in Ashford.

Grimm Tales is supported by Soundhub, Kent, The Britten Pears Foundation, Cleary Foundation, Malling Memorial Fund, Princes Charities and Arts Council England

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English National Ballet

English National Ballet embraces a holistic approach to public engagement that interfaces artistic, creative learning and outreach, marketing and development activities that strengthen our cultural offer. English National Ballet’s forward-thinking Be Engaged programme promotes engagement, access and participation, crossing all sectors of the local community. High quality, inspirational dance interventions take place in theatres, schools, galleries, parks, community centres and unusual spaces throughout the country.

English National ballet are the Big Dance Hub for west London which incorporates nine Local Authorities. Their extensive learning, engagement and participation programmes reach approximately 48,000 people per year. They have a proven track record of producing flagship composition and choreographic performance projects and collaborative pop-ups in unusual spaces.

Their Schools Link programme brings the experience of ballet into schools and young people into theatres and their youth dance company ENBYouthCo develops the potential of young dancers giving them an insight into life as a professional dancer. They work extensively with older people through our Dance for Health and Arts for Older People provision and are a leader for Dance for Parkinson’s in the UK, exemplifying good practice and ground-breaking research.

Programme aims:

  1. Promote public engagement with dance
  2. Widen opportunity for all and develop the potential of each individual
  3. Create meaningful experiences / journeys
  4. Raise aspirations and develop imagination
  5. Facilitate skills and knowledge exchange
  6. Nurture emerging artists
  7. Contribute to the dance sector