Derby-based Sinfonia Viva, the East Midlands’ only professional orchestra, has released a free online concert to thank the public and partners for their support during the pandemic ahead of their return to live music.
The free online concert was filmed at Wyastone Concert Hall in Monmouth last month and is led from the violin by Sophie Rosa.
The orchestra leader is also the soloist in one of the pieces – Mozart’s Violin Concerto No.4 – which was completed in 1775 and is regarded as one of the composer’s most iconic pieces.
The programme also includes Chevalier de Saint-Georges Symphony No. 1 which glides through its three movements of dynamic melodies with a beautifully lyrical quality.
Behind the music is an extraordinary story of a composer. A contemporary of Mozart’s, Saint-Georges was a champion fencer, renowned violinist and a famous composer and conductor.
The film will go live at 5pm on Friday July 16 and will then be available for several weeks.
To sign up for a link to the free concert, please click here.
The online concert coincides with confirmation that Sinfonia Viva will return to the stage at several events in late summer/early autumn.
The orchestra’s first engagement is the Hannells Darley Park Concert on Sunday August 29 starting at 6pm, followed by two evenings of classical music and two daytime family concerts in Derby Market Place in October.
Sinfonia Viva deputy chief executive Marianne Barraclough said: “Arts organisations such as us have obviously been severely impacted by the pandemic. We have been unable to perform on stage or work in person for our nationally acclaimed education and community engagement projects.
“The past 18 months have, however, enabled us all to greatly develop and hone our digital skills thanks to grants from the Culture Recovery Fund and Garfield Weston Foundation and we have produced a range of high quality performances which have been well received by online audiences.
“These have involved virtual concerts by our world-class professional musicians performing from iconic Derbyshire landmarks; compositions and online performances by members of Sing Viva our carers’ choir; and creative projects involving hundreds of workshop participants from young people with special educational needs to older people facing social isolation.
“We therefore wanted to mark the weekend before ‘Freedom Day’ (July 19) with a particularly-special online concert as a thank you for everyone’s support during these challenging times and to herald our welcome return to the stage in the coming weeks and months.”
The full programme for the Hannells Darley Park Concert will be published soon.
Then, on Wednesday October 6 at 7.30pm, Viva’s Clarinet Quintet will perform a programme of music by Maddalena Lombardini Sirmen, Mozart and Coleridge Taylor at Derby Market Place.
The Chamber Orchestra will return to the venue on Thursday October 21 at 7.30pm to perform a programme of classics: Bartok’s Romanian Folk Dances; Elegy by Philip Herbert; Piazzolla’s Four Seasons and Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings.
Viva’s award-winning ‘Flutter and Fly’ family-friendly interactive concert will be held, again in the Market Place, on Sunday October 24, 2021 at 11am and then 3pm.
For more information about the Hannells Darley Park and Derby Market Place concerts, please visit: https://www.sinfoniaviva.co.uk/Pages/Events/Category/all-events?Take=7
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