Busy time in store for Sinfonia Viva

Sinfonia Viva in action at Derby Cathedral
Sinfonia Viva in action at Derby Cathedral
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Derby-based professional orchestra 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.

The season has started with a concert specially designed for children aged under five and their families at the Rolls-Royce Heritage Centre as part of the national Family Arts Festival.

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.”

For more information about all of Viva’s performances in Derby and across the East Midlands, visit the website, www.vivaorch.co.uk

n Derby Theatre will host a touring production of Jeeves And Wooster in Perfect Nonsense, from November 16-21.

Adapted for the stage by the Goodale Brothers from PG Wodehouse’s story, you can enjoy an evening of raucous comedy in the company of Gussie Fink-Nottle, Madeline Bassett, Sir Watkin Bassett, Dahlia Travers, Roderick Spode, Constable Oates, plus Wodehouse’s iconic double act of Jeeves and Bertie Wooster.

When a country house weekend takes a turn for the worse, Bertie Wooster is unwittingly called on to play matchmaker but also to steal a silver cow creamer from Totleigh Towers,

Naturally, the ever-dependable Jeeves is there to prevent Bertie from making a fool of himself in front of a cast of Wodehouse’s finest characters.

For more details and ticket information, contact the box office on 01332 593939.

or see www.derbytheatre.co.uk