Sir Malcolm Arnold, born in Northamptonshire in 1921, played the trumpet beginning at 12 and later attended the Royal College of Music. He joined the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 1941, became principal trumpet in 1943, was principal trumpet at BBC Symphony Orchestra for a season, and returned to LPO until 1948. However, Sir Arnold is likely best known for his work as a composer.
Sir Malcolm Arnold composed well over one hundred film scores, including Hobson’s Choice and The Sound Barrier, and he won an Oscar for his score of The Bridge on the River Kwai. Additionally, he composed five ballets for the Royal Ballet, two operas, nine symphonies, and a musical. Mahler and Berlioz were among his influences. Until his death in 2006, Sir Arnold was Rochdale Youth Orchestra’s president.
However, current issues with regards to his correspondence are that his papers from 1979 to 1986, when he was in the Court of Protection’s care, might be lost. There are not current plans for destroying the papers. However, a petition for instead the placement of the papers into The National Archives has almost 1700 signatures.