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Festival Events

All the Festival's weekend events are listed below. Other weekend and weekday activities are listed on the exhibitions page.

Events weekend Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th September.
Events weekend Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd October.
Events weekend Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th October.
Events weekend Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th October.
Events weekend Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd October.
Events weekend Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th October.


Events Weekend Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th September

THE COURTYARD
BELLE VUE TERRACE GREAT MALVERN
Saturday 24th September 10.30 for 11 am
IMAGES OF MALVERN
A cultural walk around central Malvern with the Festival's Artistic Director. Duration 2.5hours maximum.
Ticket £6 on the day includes coffee at 10.30am at Robson Ward, The Courtyard WR14 4P2.
Supported by Robson Ward of Malvern & Bristol.

 


Events Weekend Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd October

PRIORY GATEWAY ABBEY ROAD GREAT MALVERN
Saturday 1st October 9.30am - 5pm
ARTS & CRAFTS STREET MARKET
High quality, original work by local jewellers, ceramicists, woodworkers, painters, glassmakers and photographers.
In association with Boffy Arts Events & Malvern Hills District Council.
 
COLWALL VILLAGE HALL
Saturday 1st October
THREE LITERARY TALKS
11.30am - TIMOTHY BREWIS
Head of English & Drama, Cheltenham College
EDWARD THOMAS - LOVED or LOATHED
Tim Brewis considers attitudes of young people today regarding Edward Thomas, Georgian poetry and poetry in general. Tickets £8 unreserved.
2pm - DR PETER HOWARTH
University of London
EDWARD MARSH & THE MODERN EDITOR
Peter investigates Edie Marsh’s role as editor and confidant to the Dymock Poets, including unpublished papers in New York Public Library. Tickets £8 unreserved.
3.15pm - PROFESSOR JON STALLWORTHY
Emeritus Professor, Wolfson College, Oxford
THE POETS GO TO WAR
discusses the work of IVOR GURNEY, WILFRED OWEN, ISAAC ROSENBERG & EDWARD THOMAS. Tickets £8 unreserved.
In association with the Friends of the Dymock Poets.
From Malvern follow B4218 over the hills, through Colwall Village, turn right before the railway bridge, into Mill Lane. The hall is 50 yards on the right.
 
BOSBURY CHURCH, HEREFORDSHIRE
OS Map Reference 696434
Sunday 2nd October - 10am
THE LEADON VALLEY- BOSBURY
LITERARY WALK with PAT & ROY PALMER
References to novelists, John Moore and Emily Lyall, local poet Jack Parry, Bosbury's Green Man, Devil's Stone and Staplow Court's ghost. 4 miles circular on footpaths and lanes. Some rough ground (2.5 hours). Tickets £6 in advance from Box Office only. No Dogs owing to farm animals. Organisers cannot be responsible for accident injury or loss. Follow B4214 North from Ledbury for approx. 3 miles, turn right onto B4220 for Bosbury.
 
MALVERN COLLEGE - GREAT HALL
Sunday 2nd October - 3pm
SEVERN MEADOWS
The life, poetry and song of the Gloucestershire poet and songwriter IVOR GURNEY.
PETER FLORENCE - Narrator
Actor & Director of the Hay Literary Festival
MARCUS FARNSWORTH - Baritone
JAMES BAILLIEU - Piano
First Prize, Wigmore Hall International Song Competition.
Tickets £12 front section, £10 rear section all unreserved. Location WR14 3DF, College Road, Great Malvern. Free entry for 8-16 year olds, when accompanied by a ticket purchasing adult. Sponsored by The Ivor Gurney Society & The Friends of the Dymock Poets.

 


Events Weekend Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th October

SOUTH WORCESTERSHIRE COLLEGE
Saturday 8th October 10-12am
Albert Road North, Great Malvern.
THE BIG DRAW
Free professional tuition, all ages. National event promoting drawing as a tool for creativity and cultural engagement. Sponsored by Malvern Hills District Council.
 
ST. LEONARD’S CHURCH, NEWLAND, MALVERN
The Chapel of the Beauchamp Community
Saturday 8th October - 2.30pm
PROFESSOR GAVIN STAMP
presents an illustrated talk on
LOST VICTORIAN BRITAIN
In the Victorian splendour of P.C. Hardwick’s famous church, Gavin Stamp shows how the 20th century destroyed many 19th century architectural masterpieces. Ticket £7 unreserved. On left of A449 shortly before entering Malvern Link from Worcester WR13 5AX, OS map reference SO 7948. Sponsored by Malvern Civic Society.
 
ELGAR STATUE - BELLE VUE TERRACE, MALVERN
Sunday 9th October - 10am
IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ELGAR
Artistic Director, Peter Smith, leads a walk around locations connected with the composer, Edward Elgar. Duration approx. 2.5 hrs, 3.5 miles on common and pavements. Please wear appropriate walking shoes. Ticket £6 - Fundraiser for the 2011 festival. Only from Tourist Information, Church Street, Malvern 01684 892289. Supported by The English Speaking Union.
 
THE COACH HOUSE THEATRE - GREAT MALVERN
Sunday 9th October - 3pm
EARLY ADVENTURES IN ELGAR LAND
DR. JERROLD NORTHROP MOORE
Dr Moore is considered by many to be the foremost authority on the composer, Edward Elgar. He talks here, for the first time, about his earliest researches in the England of 1954, with recollections of Elgar's daughter and Sir Steuart Wilson, among others.Ticket £7 unreserved. The Coach House Theatre is on the left of Malvern Theatres in Grange Rd. On the left of the Car Park by The Grange. Sponsored by Hilary Elgar and Ernie Kay.

 


Events Weekend Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th October

COLWALL VILLAGE HALL
Saturday 15th October - 11am
11am - DAME LAURA KNIGHT - A CIRCUS PAINTER
an illustrated talk by
DR.ALICE STRICKLAND
Ticket £6 unreserved
12.30pm - DAME LAURA KNIGHT ON FILM
Rare footage of Laura Knight painting, and speaking about her life in a documentary film.
2pm - BINARY STARS
The Knight’s, their contemporaries & the Edwardian Summer
An illustrated talk by
PROFESSOR KENNETH MCCONKEY
Ticket £6 unreserved.
From Malvern follow B4218 over the hills, through Colwall Village, turn right before the railway bridge, into Mill Lane. The hall is 50 yards on the right. Sponsored by Christies. In association with the Dame Laura Knight Society.
 
THE ELGAR BIRTHPLACE MUSEUM - BROADHEATH
Saturday 15th October - 2.30pm
CONFESSIONS OF A MUSIC CRITIC
CHRISTOPHER MORLEY
Chief Music Critic of the Birmingham Post.
This talk, with musical extracts, includes the fascinating and often humorous reminiscences of a music critic on a major regional newspaper. Ticket £6 unreserved. Elgar Birthplace Museum 3 miles North of Worcester, Crown East Lane, Lower Broadheath, WR12 6RH. In association with The Elgar Society West Midlands.
 

 


Events Weekend Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd October

THE COURTYARD - 10, BELLE VUE TERRACE, GREAT MALVERN
Saturday 22nd October 10.30am - 4pm
FESTIVAL OPEN DAY
FLATWORLD - music from Eastern Europe and beyond
New shops with fine choices, music & wine. 01684 563577 www.robsonward.co.uk WR14 4P2, www.flat-world.org.uk.
 
GREAT MALVERN PRIORY
Saturday 22nd October - 3pm
ALDWYN VOICES
Allan Walker - Conductor Carleton Etherington - Organ
Louise Vale - Violin Malcolm Forbes-Peckham - Piano
Peter Sutton - Reader
MUSIC & LITERATURE OF THE MALVERN HILLS COUNTRYSIDE
Rhapsody on Bredon Hill for Violin & Piano - Julius Harrison
Three Songs for Voices & Violin - Gustav Holst
Choral music by Thomas Tomkins, Edward Elgar, Gerald Finzi, John Ireland & Herbert Howells
Tickets £8 unreserved. Free entry for 8-16 year olds, when accompanied by a ticket purchasing adult. Sponsored by Malvern Town Council & Dr. Peter Mayner.
 
ST. LEONARDS CHURCH NEWLAND MALVERN
Sunday 23rd October - 7pm
COMPLINE
The men from ALDWYN VOICES
The final plainsong office of the monastic day sung by men of ALDWYN VOICES. Includes Salve Sancta Parens & Salve Regina.
 

 


Events Weekend Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th October

THE GREAT HALL - MALVERN COLLEGE
Saturday 29th October - 7.30pm
RAZUMOVSKY ENSEMBLE
Oleg Kogan - Director
Alexander Sitkovetsky - Violin
'quality & precision rarely heard this side of paradise' - The Times
BRITTEN - Three Divertimenti
MENDELSSOHN - Concerto for Violin & Strings in D minor
SHOSTAKOVICH - Two Pieces for String Octet
BRUCH - Octet in B flat major
Tickets £17.50 front, £12 rear, all unreserved; includes interval glass of wine or juice. Free entry for 8-16 year olds, when accompanied by a ticket purchasing adult. Supported by The Elmley Foundation & Worcestershire County Council.
 
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