Funding boost for orchestra

Sinfonia Viva project Dark Clouds Smouldering into Red showing composer James Redwood with pupils from Becket primary, Arboretum junior, Derby Moor Community Sports College and Derby College
Sinfonia Viva project Dark Clouds Smouldering into Red showing composer James Redwood with pupils from Becket primary, Arboretum junior, Derby Moor Community Sports College and Derby College
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Sinfonia Viva, the Derby-based professional orchestra, has secured funding from Arts Council England (ACE) under its National Portfolio Organisation programme.

This enables it to continue with exciting plans to develop its concert giving and community and education programmes throughout the region.

Sinfonia Viva will receive £192,107 a year for the next three years from March 2015, a total of £576,320.

Sinfonia Viva chief executive Peter Helps said: “I am obviously delighted with the news that we have continued to be a National Portfolio Organisation. This gives us a firm footing on which to plan the future programming for the Orchestra.

“We have a national reputation as a regional orchestra that produces a high quality artistic programme..”

The news coincides with the launch of the orchestra’s next stage of its acclaimed Dark Clouds are Smouldering into Red education residency which has so far brought together school and college students in Derby and Lincoln.

More than 200 young people have worked with award-winning composer James Redwood, Viva musicians and Tom Dale Company to create new music and dance pieces that they performed at Derby Assembly Rooms and at Lincoln Drill Hall this spring.

James Redwood’s haunting composition, interpreting the tensions which led to the outbreak of war, the emotions on the battlefield and back at home and the hope for the future will also be performed by Sinfonia Viva in a concert on October 9 at Djanogly Theatre in Nottingham.

The project has been backed by a wide range of sponsors and supporters, including Rolls-Royce plc, Heritage Lottery Fund, The Foyle Foundation, Lincolnshire Armed Forces Community Covenant and Orchestras Live, and the extended tour has been made possible by a £89,118 grant from Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Fund.

Peter Helps concluded: “Dark Clouds Smouldering into Red perfectly illustrates the diversity of Viva as a regional orchestra of national repute.

“We continue to attract additional support from a wide range of organisations and businesses and, with the Arts Council announcement today I am sure that this will give other funders the confidence to further support the orchestra.”