The second Music@Malling Festival took place between 27th and 30th September, attracting a huge crowd to the beautiful venues in an around West Malling.

This year, the festival showcased some of Charles Dickens’ favourite composers – Mozart, Mendelssohn and Chopin as well as works by Huw Watkins and Judith Bingham.

Dickens, who celebrates his 200th birthday this year, lived locally and was inspired by West Malling – the cricket match in A Pickwick Papers took place on what was formerly the country ground for Kent, a scene which used to be depicted on the reverse of a ten pound note.

Performers at this years festival included the Sacconi Quartet, Yeree Suh, Jonathan McGovern, Matthew Sharp and Chamber Domaine.

Leading up to the festival, over 1,000 local school children took part in a Safari education project, composing their own tunes inspired by The Carnival of the Animals.

More information about the festival is available at A candle-lit Christmas concert will be taking place on December 15th, 7pm at St Mary’s Church, West Malling where tenor Nicky Spence will perform works by Britten and Mozart.

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