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Sinfonia Viva

Sinfonia Viva was founded in 1982 and is a national orchestra based in the East Midlands. It has an integrated approach to concert giving, outreach and audience development work, performing in a wide range of venues in urban and rural areas.

Sinfonia Viva logoSinfonia Viva is a creative music organisation offering relevant and enriching experiences for all.

  • We embrace new opportunities and ways of working whilst nurturing the best of existing practice, making music accessible to the widest audience.
  • We connect participants, communities and professional musicians through shared creative activities and performances.
  • We provide an exciting and imaginative performance experience for audiences and participants.
  • We collaborate with partners to devise, develop and deliver original musical opportunities.
  • We act as an ambassador for music-making in the East Midlands and beyond.

The orchestra has toured to Ireland and Berlin, has broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and has been part of a project for Granada Television.

In addition, Sinfonia Viva 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.

It took part in the BBC Radio 3 co-ordinated Music Nation weekend which was a countdown event to the London 2012 Festival and the performance was also broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

The Orchestra was the local content producer for the Olympic Torch Evening Celebration event in June 2012 in Derby.

Sinfonia Viva prides itself on its project development activity and partnership working, often bringing together musicians from other musical styles, genres and traditions. It also has extensive experience in event management activity and delivery.

Sinfonia Viva's national reputation for its work with children and young people is publicly recognised, with many projects having been shortlisted for awards including the British Composer Awards. It has been involved in an education project for the Department for Education run in Northamptonshire.

Currently Viva has an ongoing working relationship with music hubs across the region including Nottingham City's In Harmony programme.

Sinfonia Viva is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and receives funding from Derby City Council.


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