Sinfonia Viva To Unveil Mobile Venue

Sinfonia Viva Orchestra will unveil its new mobile venue at a series of free concerts at Derby’s Cathedral Green on Friday July 3.

The stage and inflatable auditorium is a unique structure that can tour into places and spaces to deliver concerts, education and community projects – giving audiences who would not normally get the chance to see such work in their own community.

The day will start with a lunchtime concert (1.10pm to 1.50pm) followed by a teatime performance (3pm to 3.30pm) and then an official launch event for invited guests and fellow Marketing Derby bondholders in the late afternoon and early evening.

Sinfonia Viva Chamber Orchestra will perform a selection of well-known work from such composers as Beethoven, Mozart and Schubert at the concerts.

Sinfonia Viva has secured a £179,585 grant from Arts Council England’s National Lottery-funded Capital programme towards the £211,000 investment programme to buy the large inflatable stage and auditorium seating up to 250 people.

Having secured the Arts Council funding, the Orchestra has launched a campaign to raise match funding of just over £30,000 to raise the remaining amount, which is being headed by Classic FM radio presenter Anne-Marie Minhall.

Sinfonia Viva Chief Executive Peter Helps explained that the Orchestra did not run its own venue and currently performed its concert giving and nationally-recognised education projects throughout the East Midlands and beyond in a wide range of venues from large concert halls to community venues.

He said: “We are delighted to be unveiling the new structure in our home city of Derby where we always get a fantastic response from audiences whether that is in local schools, Derby Cathedral or at the Darley Park concert.

“Rather than people having to bring their own chairs as they do in Darley Park the mobile venue will be laid out for everyone to turn up to the lunchtime and afternoon concerts, sit back and relax - hopefully in the sunshine - and enjoy some wonderful music in a truly unique way.

“This inflatable structure effectively gives us our own venue for the first time and will enable us to take our work out of the concert hall and engage with local communities – particularly rural areas who do not have performance venues.

“The mobile venue strengthens our ability to be not only the orchestra for the East Midlands but the orchestra within the community – wherever that may be.

“It also enables us to expand our education work – giving more young people the chance to work with and perform alongside our professional musicians in their own communities.

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