An explosive end to 2013

New Year's Eve Gala Concert by Sinfonia Viva
New Year's Eve Gala Concert by Sinfonia Viva

Derby-based professional orchestra Sinfonia Viva has lined up an explosive celebration of popular classics for its annual New Year’s Eve Gala concert at Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall.

The orchestra, which has been performing in Nottingham on December 31 for more than 20 years, has teamed up with special effects experts Event FX to create a show-stopping climax to the concert, bringing Tchaikovsky’s celebrated classic, the 1812 Overture to life with pyrotechnics, lights and flames.

Event FX founder Edwin Samkin is no stranger to big occasions having worked as part of the pyro, flame and special effects team for the opening and closing ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The 1812 Overture is joined in the programme – appropriately entitled Heat and Fire - by such classics as Thunder and Lightning Polka by Johann Strauss II, Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries from Die Walküre and Stravinsky’s Berceuse and finale from The Firebird.

Viva’s principal guest conductor Nicholas Kok returns to take the baton for the Gala concert, which has been brought forward – starting at 6pm and finishing at 8.15pm to give the audience more time for their celebrations.

Nicholas, who is fondly known by regular concert goers as ‘Mr New Year’s Eve’, said: “We have put together an evening that we think is a perfect blend of much loved classics providing a programme which really can be described as music for everyone.

“The players and I are particularly looking forward to the 1812 Overture, which will be a spectacular and rousing climax to the programme – putting people in the celebration mood on this very special night of the year.”

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The concert is supported by Handelsbanken in Nottingham and recommended by Classic FM.

Popular Premium Seats are again available and the booking includes a free programme available on the night. Tickets are on sale now from the Royal Centre Box Office, Tel 0115 989 5555 or online at HYPERLINK “” . Prices start from just £15.