Simpson teams up with Viva for concert

Mark Simpson''Photo by Elisabeth Blanchet
Mark Simpson''Photo by Elisabeth Blanchet

Award-winning clarinettist Mark Simpson will join East Midlands orchestra Sinfonia Viva for an afternoon of delights at a special daytime classical music concert on Sunday, November 24.

The performance at the Assembly Rooms in Derby, starting at 3pm, features classics from Schubert, Mozart, Weber and Mendelssohn, all under the baton of principal guest conductor Nicholas Kok and it is being given in association with Derby LIVE and Classic FM.

Liverpool-born Mark Simpson is a leading talent among young British composer-instrumentalists.

In 2006, at the age of 17, he was the first-ever winner of both the BBC Young Musician of the Year and BBC Proms/Guardian Young Composer of the Year competitions.

Mark Simpson is also an accomplished composer, he has written commissioned works for BBC Symphony Orchestra, including the opening work for the 2012 Last Night of the Proms.

The clarinet obviously features heavily in the Viva programme on November 24 – including Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A major, K622. This is followed by Weber’s Clarinet Concertino in Eb major.

The concert opens with Schubert’s Symphony No.2 in B flat. And the finale comes courtesy of Mendelssohn’s Symphony No.4 in A major, ‘the Italian’.

Ticket prices start from £12.75 (concessions £10.75) and are available from the box office at the Assembly Rooms, on 01332 255800 or online at