Nicholas Owen at Darley Park concert

Classic_Nicholas_hi_res_cutDerby LIVE in association with Sinfonia Viva and Classic FM present the traditional end-of-summer celebration concert at Darley Park, this year taking place on Sunday August 31, from 6pm onwards.

East Midlands Orchestra Sinfonia Viva will perform a programme that takes its theme from the 175th anniversary of the railway coming to Derby and so is full of all things train related.

With that in mind, Derby LIVE are pleased to welcome East Midlands Trains back on board as a supporter of the concert.

Derby LIVE are delighted to announce that Classic FM, the UK’s most popular classical music radio station, is once again the media sponsor for the event.

Classic FM’s Saturday lunchtime presenter, Nicholas Owen, will be introducing an audience of more than 30,000 people to the concert which features classics old and new from concert hall, stage and screen.

The concert will take the audience on a musical journey across British and foreign railways, from Denmark with Hans Christian Lumbye’s Copenhagen Steam Railway Galop, to New York City for George Bernstein’s Subway Ride and Imaginary Coney Island.

Steam mixes with more modern trains through the magnificent Coronation Scot by Ellis and several tributes from Strauss including Bahn Frei (‘clear the track’) and Mit Dampf, which translates to ‘at full steam’.

Other works within the programme include Lionel Bart’s atmospheric From Russia With Love, the jolly Runaway Train by Warren, Murder on the Orient Express from Rodney Bennett, and, bringing us back to the present, The Day We Caught The Train from Ocean Colour Scene. James Holmes is back to conduct the orchestra once again and the award winning baritone Grant Doyle also returns to lead the vocal numbers.

These include Strayhorn’s swinging jazz-standard Take The A Train, Denza’s Funiculi, Funicula (which celebrated the first cablecar service on Mount Versuvius – since destroyed by a volcanic eruption) and two numbers with music penned by Andrew Lloyd-Webber for which Doyle will be joined by members of Big Adventures Youth Theatre Company who will form the chorus for Skimbleshanks. Joe Perry, from within the chorus, will take on the part of Rusty in the Starlight Sequence.

The evening will be rounded off with the classic 1812 Overture from Tchaikovsky and the traditional audience sing-along.

Councillor Alison Martin, cabinet member for leisure and culture, Derby City Council, said: “This year marks 175 years of train building in Derby, and I think it’s very fitting that the Darley Park Concert will be recognising that great achievement.

“People from all over Derby attend the event and I would encourage everyone to go along to Darley Park to enjoy the music and the fireworks and to celebrate an industry that is important for their city and country.”

Peter Helps, chief executive of Sinfonia Viva, said: “The Darley Park concert is such an important occasion in the Orchestra’s diary and everyone at Viva is really looking forward to this year’s performance.

“We have been given a gift of a theme this year – 175 years of the rail industry in Derby.

“It has been great fun putting together the programme of music which has involved some real lateral thinking.

“James Holmes returns as conductor  and Grant Doyle is also back following a storming performance last year which included a fantastic rendition Summer of 69.

“We’re also very excited to welcome Classic FM’s Nicholas Owen as host, continuing Classic FM’s great partnerships with both Sinfonia Viva and Derby LIVE.”

Further entertainment will be provided by the Rolls-Royce Ladies Choir who will perform at 6.20pm and the Male Voice Choir, who will perform at 7.55pm.

Featured songs will include, Soldiers’ Chorus from Faust, Ching-a-Ring Chaw, Chattanooga Choo Choo, Gilbert and Sullivan Medley and Orpheus in the Underground.

The natural amphitheatre of Darley Park provides the perfect surroundings for one of the UK’s biggest free outdoor classical concerts, which will be rounded off by a fantastic firework display.

More information on the concert can be found on the Derby LIVE website or by calling the Derby LIVE Box Office on 01332 255800.