Sinfnia Viva celebrate first year of Duncan being at the helm

Duncan Ward is celebrating his first year as principal conductor of Sinfonia Viva. Picture: Maurice Foxall
Duncan Ward is celebrating his first year as principal conductor of Sinfonia Viva. Picture: Maurice Foxall

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

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 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 – particularly those in rural areas where people would usually have to travel long distances to enjoy such performances.

“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.”

Their concert at Derby Cathedral is entitled New Flames and is designed to warm up a cold winter’s evening.

The programme features Haydn’s magnificent ‘Fire’ Symphony, Mozart’s Symphony No.29, Patterson’s Phoenix Concerto – originally written for one of the night’s soloists Emily Pailthorpe - and Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto which will be brought to life by Adam Mackenzie.

The concert is on Friday, January 22 at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £21.50 (£19.50 concessions) on 01332 255800 or online at www.derbylive.co.uk