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Autumn in Malvern

23 September 2019 to 31 October 2019

All available dates: 23 September 2019 to 31 October 2019

From world-class performers, to poetry, talks, art and guided walks, the Autumn in Malvern Festival celebrates its 30th year with a wealth of cultural events.

Taking place during September and October, it takes in venues as diverse as Malvern College, Elmslie House, St Leonard’s Church in Newland and The Theatre of Small Convenience, a tiny performance and activity space on Edith Walk.

Among the many highlights are a piano recital by Sofya Gulyak, a winner of the Leeds International Piano Competition. She will be performing in the intimate setting of Elmslie House, on a new Steinway piano.

There will be matinee performances, including one by the European Union Chamber Orchestra, in the Great Hall at Malvern College. At St Leonard’s Church in Newland, Paul Vaughan will narrate the life and works of the poet John Betjeman, with organ music played by Roy Massey. There’s also an illustrated talk at the church, which will tell the story of the church’s incredible decorative scheme, together with organ music played by Iain Simcock, the former Sub-Organist at Westminster Cathedral.

Stephen Cockayne will give a talk on his new book about Waldo and Muriel Lanchester and their marionettes, which has a local connection. There’s a talk on the artist Dame Laura Knight, as well as a talk by the distinguished American scholar Dr Jerrold Northrop Moore, who will explore the influence of Arthur Sullivan’s orchestral music on Elgar.  

Exhibitions of Art take place at venues around Malvern, and there will be a Festival Walk, In the Steps of Edward Elgar, taking in houses and locations associated with the composer’s years in Malvern. Recent research has revealed new information and musical extracts will be played at the locations.

For a full programme of events, days and times, pick up a brochure around Malvern or visit

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