Viva’s Derby concert to mark anniversary

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The East Midlands’ professional orchestra, Sinfonia Viva, will start 2016 with a concert at the recently refurbished Derby Cathedral on January 22.

The concert marks the first anniversary of principal conductor Duncan Ward’s appointment with the orchestra.

It will also feature soloists and Viva players Adam Mackenzie (bassoon), and Emily Pailthorpe (oboe).

Duncan Ward, pictured, said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my first year as Sinfonia Viva’s principal conductor. Over the past 12 months we have brought a diverse range of exciting music to venues across the region and engaged with thousands of people through our education and community outreach work.

“We have also launched our mobile venue which will be a fantastic resource to take classical music right into the heart of local communities.

“I am delighted that we are returning to Derby Cathedral which will be an even more splendid venue for classical music since the refurbishment. It has been a real joy over the past year to get to know the talented group of musicians who make up Sinfonia Viva.

“It is always an especially intimate and rewarding musical experience when a soloist from within an orchestra performs a concerto and I am particularly pleased that we will be showcasing the talents of two of our star players – Adam and Emily.”

The programme on January 22 will start with Haydn’s Symphony No.59 ‘Fire’ and then the Bassoon Concerto in B Flat major by Mozart with Adam Mackenzie as soloist.

This will be followed by Patterson’s Phoenix Concerto, commissioned and composed for soloist Emily Pailthorpe, plus Mozart’s Symphony No 29.

Tickets for the concert, starting at 7.30pm, are available on 01332 255800.

Photo by Maurice Foxall