A swift return to RCH for Viva

Sinfonia Viva
Sinfonia Viva

The members of the Derby-based professional orchestra Sinfonia Viva make their latest appearance at Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall on Wednesday, February 12.

Their last visit to the venue was for the annual New Year’s Eve gala concert which saw them perform to great acclaim in front of a large and appreciative audience.

This latest concert will be conducted by Andrew Gourlay and gets under way at 7.30pm on the day.

The concert features performances of two pieces: Sibelius’s Pelleas Et Melisande, and Mendelssohn’s Second Symphony, ‘Hymn of Praise’.

Sibelius wrote some incidental music for a production of Maurice Maeterlinck’s tragic tale, a story that also, at one time or another, provided the inspiration for works by Debussy and Faure, among others.

This concert suite includes the familiar At The Castle Gate, which has been used as the theme music to the BBC’s long-running The Sky At Night programme.

Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang (Hymn Of Praise) was the composer’s great choral symphony, commissioned for the Leipzig Festival.

It celebrated the 400th anniversary of the invention of the Gutenburg press.

The symphony ends with a final choral movement on a great scale, and the music is both melodious and dramatic throughout.

The soloists in the symphony will be Katherine Broderick (soprano), Lydia Teuscher (soprano) and Andrew Staples (tenor).

The orchestra will also be joined by the Nottingham Harmonic Choir.

Tickets to see the concert are £10-£32.50 and are available by calling the box office on 0115 9895555.