Music@Malling promotes outstanding artists in concerts, workshops and participatory events in historic venues in and around West Malling, Kent. Music@Malling has a festival each September featuring the music of contemporary composers alongside jazz, classical, world, vocal and film music. A number of satellite events are held throughout the year. Its dynamic and exhilarating programmes inspire and engage audiences from the local area, region and beyond brining new people into an area with a rich heritage and outstanding natural environment.
Founded in 2011, Music@Malling has engaged thousands of young people from across Kent in creative activities, providing direct access to leading arts practitioners and the opportunity to perform alongside outstanding professionals. Music@Malling collaborates with leading organisations in its outreach work including Chamber Domaine, Tenebrae, English National Ballet, Opera Holland Park, Classical Kicks, Stile Antico and Kent Music. Music@Malling has built its audiences from scratch and has a growing regional and national profile.
Since 2011, Music@Malling has featured the music of contemporary composers. These have included Mark-Anthony Turnage, Judith Bingham, Huw Watkins, Mark Simpson, Arvo Part, HK Gruber, David Horne, Nico Muhly and Barrington Pheloung. In 2016, Music@Malling saw the UK premieres of works by John Williams, Frank Ilfman, Ernst Toch, Alex Heffes, Dario Marianelli, Paul Patterson, Alexander Goehr, Salvatore Sciarrino and Judith Bingham. In 2018, the music of Judith Weir, CBE was programmed alongside jazz, world, classical and vocal music across 30 events. 2019 features music by Alexander Goehr and Robin Holloway and includes premieres by leading film composers including Danny Elfmann. Music@Malling runs from 15th -29th September 2019 with a number of satellite outreach events running across the year.
Music@Malling was recently featured in the international roundup of top musical events in The Artsdesk and has featured on BBC Radio 3 In Tune and on BBC and ITV.
The festival is supported by Arts Council England, Britten-Pears Foundation, RVW Trust, Princes’ Trust, Malling Memorial Trust, Kent Community Foundation, Cleary Foundation, Liberty Property Trust, Whithead Monckton Foundation, Kent Arts Development Fund, Foyle Foundation, D’Oyly Carte Foundation, Ernest Cooke Trust, Godinton Trust and The Mousetrap Foundation.