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Classical Music Saved For Derby Audiences

A new venue has been confirmed for East Midlands professional orchestra Sinfonia Viva’s Derby concert which was cancelled due to the fire and subsequent closure of the Assembly Rooms.

The concert, which was originally scheduled for April 2, will now take place at Derby Cathedral on Tuesday July 22. It will offer the same programme and customers who booked for the original concert will be offered tickets at a preferential rate.

Sinfonia Viva Chief Executive Peter Helps said: “We are all delighted that Derby Cathedral has stepped in to help us continue classical concerts in the city.

“Sinfonia Viva is based in Derby and has been performing in the city for more than 30 years. We therefore regard the Assembly Rooms as our ‘home fixture’ and shared the disappointment of our audiences who were looking forward to the concert in April.

“We have worked closely with colleagues at Derby LIVE on alternative arrangements for this event and we hope the Cathedral could host further Sinfonia Viva concerts whilst the Assembly Rooms is closed.

“The staging requirement of an orchestral concert means finding an alternative venue has not been easy and Derby LIVE and the Cathedral have been fantastic in their support to help us to re-schedule.”

Peter Ireson, Director of Derby LIVE, continued: “Sinfonia Viva is renowned for its high quality music making and creative work and audience numbers for the original concert were buoyant.

“Derby Cathedral is a wonderful music performance space and we very much look forward to seeing Viva perform in this new venue.

“Derby LIVE is delighted to be working in association with one of our key partners on this rescheduled event which will ensure there continues to be a vibrant offer in Derby supported by the City.”

Dean of Derby Cathedral the Very Revd Dr John Davies, concluded: “Derby Cathedral is a lovely space for concerts and will do its best to support Derby LIVE as a venue for events whilst the Assembly Rooms is closed.

“I am especially pleased to welcome Sinfonia Viva to the Cathedral so that the classical music offer in the city continues during this difficult period.”

Sinfonia Viva’s 50-piece orchestra will be conducted for the first time by Fawzi Haimor (pictured) who is resident conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

As a guest artist, Haimor works with such orchestras as Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Erie Chamber Orchestra and Amman Symphony in the Middle East.

He made his European debut with Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto, Portugal in 2011 and he recently made his Italian debut with the Filarmonica del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, receiving an immediate re-invitation to the orchestra in the 2014-2015 season. He returns to Europe this June to work with Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn, which will incorporate his London debut at Cadogan Hall. In the 2014-2015 season, his debuts include those with Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi and with Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra.

The programme for July 22 will be a rich variety of classical music by Haydn: Il ritorno di Tobia, Hob.XX1:1 : Overture; Schumann: Cello Concerto; Wagner: Siegfried Idyll; Sibelius: Op 44 - Valse Triste and Scene with Cranes and Beethoven: Symphony No.1.

Soloist Leonard Elschenbroich takes centre stage for Schumann’s Cello Concerto. Leonard joined the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist scheme in 2012, a prestigious award offering performances and recordings with all the BBC orchestras, recitals at Wigmore Hall and The Sage, Gateshead, with all performances broadcast on the BBC.

He has performed with orchestras throughout the world including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, the Washington National Orchestra, the Japan Philharmonic in Tokyo, Chicago Symphony and Buenos Aires Philharmonic. Leonard made his debut tour of China at the start of the 2012/2013 season with concerts in Shanghai, Guangzhou, Tianjin, and Beijing.

Sinfonia Viva Leader Benedict Holland concluded: “Derby Cathedral will be a wonderful setting for this diverse programme and we are particularly delighted to be working with this internationally renowned conductor and soloist.

“Schumann’s cello concerto will be particularly exciting. Its movements are intended to flow without pause, and in mood it encompasses both romance and excitement as well as reflecting, in its technical intricacy, Schumann's affinity for the cello.”

Tickets for the July 22 concert are available from the Derby LIVE box office in the Market Place; online at www.derbylive.co.uk and by telephone on 01332 255800. People who booked for the original concert will be contacted by Derby LIVE with information on how to obtain their preferential ticket price. Prices for all seats (unreserved seating) are £18 (£16 concessions). An additional £1.25 booking fee per ticket will apply if booked over the phone or in person.

This concert is promoted by Sinfonia Viva in association with Derby LIVE and Orchestras Live. Supported by Rolls-Royce plc, Derby City Council, Derby LIVE and Orchestras Live. Sinfonia Viva is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Published 15 May 2014

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