Burton-born baritone Damian Thantrey is looking forward to welcoming family and friends in the audience when he takes to the stage with Sinfonia Viva for their annual New Year’s Eve Gala Concert at Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall this December.
This will be Damian’s first performance with the orchestra and he regards it as a ‘home fixture’ with many of his family still living in Nottingham, Derby and Burton.
Damian is the guest artist for the water-themed concert – celebrating some of the finest and best-loved classical music ever written – collected from the cinema, the stage and the concert hall.
The programme includes the swinging, hit-laden fun of Porter’s Overture from Anything Goes, elegant serenity of The Blue Danube and the wistful Night in Venice Overture by Johann Strauss II, Tchaikovsky’s vibrant and infectious Waltz from Swan Lake and Mendelssohn’s dramatic Hebrides Overture.
The nautical mood continues with locally-born light music composer Ronald Binge’s Sailing By, the classic song from the musical Singing in the Rain, and the opportunity to forget about the weather and head off to warmer climes with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s dreamy and unforgettable Some Enchanted Evening from South Pacific.
And for a finale, there’s the stirringly patriotic jollity of Henry Wood’s Fantasia on British Sea Songs – a proms favourite which is sure to get the audience on their feet.
The concert on Wednesday December 31 starts at 6pm – finishing at 8.15pm.
Damian said: “I am looking forward to seeing many of my family and local friends at the concert, including members of a local choir in Swadlincote who I perform The Messiah with every other year.”
Damian was born in Burton and gained a scholarship to Repton School at 13 where he threw himself into all sorts of activities – including music and drama.
Tickets are on sale now from the Royal Centre Box Office, Tel 0115 989 5555 or online at http://www.trch.co.uk.