Sir Malcolm Arnold Collection to go under the hammer in Norwich

Sir Malcolm Arnold items to be auctioned. Sir Malcolm Arnold's trumpet. Pictures: Keys auctioneers

Sir Malcolm Arnold items to be auctioned. Sir Malcolm Arnold's trumpet. Pictures: Keys auctioneers - Credit: Archant

A large part of the collection of one of the 20th century's greatest composers is set to go under the hammer in a 'sale of world importance'.

Sir Malcolm Arnold items to be auctioned. Sir Malcolm Arnold by June Mendoza. Pictures: Keys auction

Sir Malcolm Arnold items to be auctioned. Sir Malcolm Arnold by June Mendoza. Pictures: Keys auctioneers - Credit: Archant

About 120 lots from the estate of Sir Malcolm Arnold will be auctioned at the Assembly House in Norwich, from 11am on Thursday, April 6.

The special sale includes a number of important original manuscripts, such as his Symphony No 1 Opus 22, Grand Fantasia Opus 973.

Kevin Lines, director and general manager at Keys Fine Art Auctioneers, based in Aylsham, said: 'For anyone interested in music, this is a sale of world importance, a unique opportunity to acquire significant items from the personal collection of one of Britain's greatest composers.

'We are expecting considerable interest from musicologists, museums and institutions, as well as ordinary musicians from around the world.'


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Other items for sale include several film scores including Great St Trinian's Train Robbery and David Copperfield, and a one-off copy of Peterloo from Manchester Library.

Musical instruments on sale include the trumpet he played as Principal Trumpet with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

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The auction also features his two Ivor Novello Awards, for the score of the film The Inn Of The Sixth Happiness, and for Outstanding Services To British Music, his knighthood, and his freedom of the city of Northampton.

The many artworks on sale include portraits of the artist by June Mendoza and Marialuissa Merino, and a picture signed by Benny Goodman.

The composer spent the last 22 years of his life in Norfolk, and is widely regarded as one of the most prominent British composers of the 20th century. He was described by the BBC as 'a towering figure in the history of British music'.

He composed nine symphonies alongside numerous concertos, concert works, chamber music, choral music and music for brass band and wind band. He was commissioned to write five ballets by the Royal Ballet, and composed two operas and a musical.

He also write the scores for more than 100 films, winning an Oscar in 1958 for The Bridge on The River Kwai.

Full details of the items on sale, and of viewing, are available at www.keysauctions.co.uk

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