Sinfonia Viva to play at cathedral

Leonard Elsenbroich''Photo by Felix Broede
Leonard Elsenbroich''Photo by Felix Broede

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, 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.”

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

The programme 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.

Tickets for the July 22 concert are available from the Derby LIVE box office in the Market Place, online at and by telephone on 01332 255800. 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 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.