New 2015/16 Programme Highlights Breadth of Work

Derby-based Sinfonia Viva’s new 2015/16 programme has been confirmed -  demonstrating the breadth and diversity of the regional Orchestra’s work in the city and county.


Viva’s 2015/16 season starts with a concert specially designed for children aged under five and their families on Sunday October 25 at the Rolls-Royce Heritage Centre as part of the national Family Arts Festival.


Viva composer Jack Ross and artist Eleanor Meredith have come together again to create The Boat & The Blue - a story, music and songs about the adventures of Rowan’s boat - following the success of last year’s performance, accompanying book and CD about the little girl’s paper aeroplane’s adventures.


The Orchestra will start 2016 with a concert at the newly-refurbished Derby Cathedral on January 22.


The concert will feature soloists and Viva players Adam Mackenzie (Bassoon) and Emily Pailthorpe (Oboe) as part of Viva’s commitment to develop and showcase the talents of its own musicians.


This will be closely followed by the culmination performance of Viva’s spring education residency at Derby Theatre on January 26. 


The residency will involve more than 100 young people from local schools and colleges and will gain inspiration from the work of Derby historian and poet William Hutton who, aged seven years was employed in Derby’s Silk Mill on a seven-year apprenticeship.


Then, on March 3, 2016 Viva will return to Derby Cathedral for a concert featuring a broad repertoire including arrangements by one of its longest-serving musicians Graham Hall, an accomplished composer and percussionist.


Sinfonia Viva Chief Executive explained: “We are delighted to be performing several very different concerts in our home city over the coming months.


“This will give both regular and new audiences the opportunity to enjoy classical music in a wide variety of settings.


“The diversity of the performances and projects illustrates our breadth of expertise both here in Derby and indeed across the East Midlands and nationally.


“As a virtuoso ensemble we are committed to delivering original and extraordinary creative musical experiences – whether that is on stage or by working in local communities.


“Our education work has won national acclaim and our involvement in the Family Arts Festival both locally and nationally as well as our ground-breaking education residencies have been held up as good practice within the orchestral world.”


Sinfonia Viva is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. For more information about all of Viva’s performances in Derby and across the East Midlands, visit the website,

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