Classical treats for the new year

Andre De Ridder, conductor of Sinfonia Viva.
Andre De Ridder, conductor of Sinfonia Viva.

THE remainder of the Classical Musical Season 2011-2012 at Derby’s Assembly Rooms features all manner of musical treats for potential audience members.

On Tuesday, January 24, Sinfonia Viva will be the visitors.

The Derby-based professional orchestra will be conducted by Andre De Ridder in a concert featuring a newly-commissioned short orchestral work by James Redwood, Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto, with soloist Tanja Tetzlaff, Mozart’s Symphony No 38, and David Blake’s arrangement of Janacek’s piano work On An Overgrown Path.

The next visitors, on February 16, will be the Russian State Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of conductor Valery Poliansky.

The all-Russian programme features the Polonaise from Tchaikovsky’s opera Eugene Onegin, Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No 1 and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No 4.

The European Union Chamber Orchestra pays a visit on April 12 with a concert featuring star soloist Julian Lloyd Webber, playing Haydn’s Cello Concerto No 1 in C. Also on the programme will be Handel’s Water Music Suite, Delius’s Two Aquarelles, arranged by his assistant Eric Fenby, and Mozart’s Symphony No 29.

Sinfonia Viva are back on April 23 for a St George’s Day special featuring a selection of fine English music. These works, conducted by Nicholas Collon, are Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, Walton’s Two Pieces For Strings from his film score for Henry V and Vaughan Williams’s multi-faceted but ultimately peaceful Fifth Symphony.

Also on the programme will be Berlioz’s Love Scene from Romeo And Juliet and the soloists in the Britten work will be Allan Clayton (tenor) and Richard Watkins (horn).

Finally, old favourites the Halle put in appearance on May 30 with Andrew Gourlay as the conductor.

The programme will feature Shostakovich’s Concerto No 1 for piano, trumpet and strings, Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite and Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.

The soloists in the Shostakovich concerto will be Gareth Small (trumpet) and Martin Roscoe.

Tickets for all of these performances are available by calling the box office on 01332 255800.