Viva to return for a celebratory concert

Sinfonia Viva’s annual New Year’s Eve gala concert at Nottingham’S Royal Concert Hall will be a fitting climax to a year of celebrations. and tickets are on sale now.

In tribute to The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, Her Majesty’s visit to Nottingham, the Olympics, Paralympics and Cultural Olympiad, Sinfonia Viva will perform a rousing programme of Majestic Melodies on Monday, December 31.

Conductor Timothy Redmond, who returns to the Royal Concert Hall this year alongside the orchestra and solo pianist Alexandra Dariescu, said: “2012 has been a memorable year with so many different celebrations locally and nationally, so we are set for an extra special New Year’s Eve Gala Concert this year.

“Returning to Nottingham on the last evening of the year is always special for all the players and none more so as the orchestra is half way through its 30th anniversary celebrations.

“I am sure that there will be many reminiscences of years gone by in the dressing room before and after the concert as we look back and, of course, forward in anticipation of many more years to come playing and making glorious music together.”

The scene will be set at the Gala Concert with Nottinghamshire composer Eric Coates’s optimistically rousing 1940 homage to Princess Elizabeth, The Youth of Britain March, part of The Three Elizabeths suite.

Other highlights include Purcell’s elegant Chaconne from The Fairy Queen; the sweeping beauty of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.26, Coronation; Handel’s instantly-recognisable work commissioned by King George II, La Réjouissance from Music for the Royal Fireworks; and Elgar’s patriotic Pomp and Circumstance March No.4, performed at the 1953 coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

New Year’s Eve would not be the same without aristocratic contributions from Johann Strauss junior and senior respectively, and the audience will be treated to the vivacious energy of the Emperor Waltz and the stately waltzing beauty of the Homage to the Queen of Great Britain, composed in honour of Queen Victoria’s assent to the throne, plus a fabulously memorable selection of tunes from Rodgers’s timeless The King and I.

The Gala Concert has been a popular calendar date for Sinfonia Viva for more than 20 years.

The Orchestra started life as the East of England Orchestra, based in Nottingham, and held its first concert at St Mary’s Church in Nottingham’s Lace Market on June 26 1982.

Thirty years later and the orchestra is one of the UK’s leading regional orchestras, earning a national reputation for high quality concert performances and particularly for its ground-breaking education work across the region.

Early booking is advised for this hugely popular concert, which has been sold out for the past few years.

Call the box office on 0115 989 5555.