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The Hannells Darley Park Concert

The Hannells Darley Park Concert

One of the UK’s biggest outdoor classical concerts, the much-loved Darley Park Concert will be returning on Sunday 3 September in the stunning natural amphitheatre of Darley Park. The event is supported by Hannells Estates Agents, Flint Bishop Solicitors, HUUB, Mortgage Advice Bureau, PKF Cooper Parry, Specsavers and Stratstone BMW Derby.

We are delighted to announce that this year’s concert will be run in partnership with Classic FM and as in previous years Derby favourites, Sinfonia Viva, the Orchestra of the East Midlands, who are supported by Rolls Royce will be performing at the concert. This year’s programme is guaranteed to delight with an eclectic mix of returning favourites, popular pieces to celebrate Derby’s 40th year as a City and a selection of classics chosen by the public.

Peter Helps, Chief Executive of Sinfonia Viva said “We’re delighted to be returning home to Darley Park and are looking forward to working with all of our partners on this newly invigorated event.”

This year's programme theme has links to Derby's 40th year celebration as a City such as Funiculi Funicula, Runaway Train, Come Fly with Me and Steve Bloomer celebrating Derby's industrial strengths and Derby County Football Club. It also features popular pieces from past concerts that will send a shiver up your spine such as Thunderbirds, the Star Wars theme and the fantastic Bohemian Rhapsody. The programme also features three selections made by a public vote: Goodwin: 633 Squadron (2006), Prokofiev: Montagues and Capulets from Romeo and Juliet (2015) and Steiner: Lara’s Theme - Gone with the Wind (2008).


Sinfonia Viva have confirmed the concert Conductor will be James Holmes along with baritone, Grant Doyle as Soloist, both of whom are regulars at the concert. James has conducted a wide-ranging repertoire and is equally at home in the worlds of opera and musical theatre. He was Head of Music at Opera North 1996-2008, having previously worked for over twenty years as principal coach and conductor with English National Opera. Now a freelance conductor, accompanist and arranger, he is especially well known for his work in music theatre and has frequently broadcast on both radio and TV along with his contributions to many commercial recordings. Born in Adelaide, Grant has appeared in several concerts with Sinfonia Viva, including previous Darley Park outdoor concerts to audiences of over 30,000. As a busy concert soloist he has performed for the Royal Opera along with solo performances with the Birmingham Royal Ballet and the Australian Ballet.

We look forward to welcoming Derbyshire Carers Choir, who will be providing the pre-show entertainment at the concert. Set up as part of Sinfonia Viva’s 35th anniversary programme, the Carers Choir is open to everyone from Derbyshire and beyond, priding itself on being accessible and fun for all. The choir are a Bupa Foundation UK and Arts Council England funded project led by award-winning choral Conductor David Lawrence. Started in March 2017, the group is made up of full time, part time and former carers, as well as people who are looking to try something new. With a ‘no experience required’ ethos, the choir has developed in both confidence and repertoire incredibly quickly, which led to their debut performance on the stage at Darley Park. Brought together by a love of music and performance the choir will perform dynamic and stirring pieces of music including songs from the shows, choral favourites and pop classics, that are guaranteed to stir your senses and win your hearts. 

Formed in 1987, the Dalesmen Male Voice Choir will be performing during the concert interval. With their aims of bringing the enjoyment of choral music to the wider public and of supporting charitable institutions, The Dalesmen have grown from a few like-minded friends to a near 70 strong choir. They have always believed that everyone should be given the chance and encouragement to sing and will no doubt receive a warm welcome at Darley Park concert this year.

TV and radio presenter Nicholas Owen, will be returning as the evening’s host for his third time at the concert. Nicholas has a regular Saturday afternoon show on Classic FM, and contributes to other radio and TV programmes.