Artist: Sinfonia Viva

Back with the us for the third year, we’re delighted that Sinfonia Viva wanted to be involved with the festival again – bringing a different angle to the festival programme and making the links between the worlds of classical and folk music.  This year, they’ve worked some very special magic, and are bringing around 20 musicians onto the Guildhall Theatre stage, for a full orchestral concert, with plenty of folk links and hooks.

They really are fabulous, and we can’t wait to hear them in this very different setting.


Here’s a fuller biography about Sinfonia Viva:

Sinfonia Viva is a virtuoso ensemble delivering original and extraordinary creative musical experiences. Founded in 1982, Sinfonia Viva has a national reputation as a leader in creative music activity in the UK. Its work offers relevant and enriching possibilities for all. Sinfonia Viva:
* Embraces new opportunities and ways of working whilst nurturing the best of existing practice, making music
accessible to the widest audience
* Connects participants, communities and professional musicians through shared creative activities and
* Creates exciting and imaginative performance experiences for audiences and participants
* Collaborates with partners to devise, develop and deliver original musical opportunities
* Is an ambassador for music making

The Orchestra has toured to Ireland and Berlin, has broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM and has been part of a project for Granada Television. The Orchestra made its London debut as part of an Indian music festival in London’s Kings Place, building on its partnership with top Indian classical violinist Kala Ramnath. One of the Orchestra’s tracks on the Gorillaz’ album Plastic Beach was nominated for a Grammy award. The Orchestra has hosted the Association of British Orchestras’ national conference. Its project work includes a contribution to BBC Radio 3’s Music Nation week-end, producing local content for the Olympic Torch Evening Celebration event in June 2012 in Derby, work as part of the SO Festival in Skegness and events linked to broadcasts as part of BBC Big Screen relays.

On stage in concert halls and smaller venues across the region Sinfonia Viva continues to deliver high quality
performances and concerts of extraordinary range based on original programming and project development.
Partnership working, often bringing together musicians from other musical styles, genres and traditions, is central to the ethos of the organisation. This is supported by extensive experience in event management activity and delivery.

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