“Thomas Kemp makes an exceptional debut as an opera conductor and coaxes a ravishing blend of colours and expression.”

Classical Source


Music@Malling promotes outstanding artists in concerts and outreach – live and online – from 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 and film music. 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 and works in partnership with Sound and Music and Kent Music.  Music@Malling has built its audiences from scratch and has a growing regional and national profile. Classic FM recently described Music@Malling as “a wonderful music festival.”

Since 2011, Music@Malling has featured the music of contemporary composers.  These have included Mark-Anthony Turnage CBE, Judith Bingham OBE, Huw Watkins, Judith Weir CBE, Brian Elias, Mark Simpson, Arvo Part, HK Gruber, David Horne, Huw Watkins, Eleanor Alberga, Alexander Goehr, Paul Patterson, Ilan Eshkeri, Danny Elfman and Barrington Pheloung.

Music@Malling artists include James Pearson, Lizzie Ball, Tippett Quartet, Sacconi Quartet, Chamber Domaine, Charles Dance, Claire Martin OBE, Matt Ford, Tenebrae, Stile Antico, Nicky Spence, Jeree Suh, Sholto Kynoch, Alessandro Fischer, Craig Ogden, Tom Bowes, Richard Harwood, Huw Webb, Steven Devine, Classical Kicks, Callum Au, David Juritz, Milos Milivojevic, Morgan Szymanski, Daniel Grimwood, Huw Watkins, Mark Simpson, Matthew Sharp and many others.

In 2020, Music@Malling was held online for the first time and reached a global audience with its concerts and outreach.  In 2021, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Brian Elias and Eleanor Alberga will be featured composers.

Music@Malling has commissioned six new works by Deborah Pritchard, Stevie Wishart, Brain Elias, Daniel Kidane, Joe Phibbs and Michael Price to be performed alongside the Brandenburg Concertos.  These will be premiered by Chamber Domaine in Malling Abbey directed by Thomas Kemp.

Music@Malling was recently featured in the international roundup of top musical events in The Artsdesk and is regularly featured on BBC Radio 3 In Tune and on BBC TV and ITV.

The festival is supported by Arts Council England, Britten-Pears Foundation, RVW Trust, The Garfield Weston 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, Wavendon Foundation and The Godinton Trust.