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6000 people young & old participate in sinfonia ViVA's education and outreach programme - creating and performing music with the orchestra in venues across the East Midlands and beyond.
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 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 (including performing as part of the Cork 2005: European Capital of Culture programme) 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. The Orchestra also appears on the Grammy nominated Gorillaz’ album Plastic Beach. In February 2011, the Orchestra hosted the Association of British Orchestras’ national conference in Derby. It took part in the BBC Radio 3 co-ordinated Music Nation week-end which was a countdown event to the London 2012 Festival.
Sinfonia Viva’s national reputation for its work with children and young people has been publicly recognized with many projects being shortlisted for awards including the British Composer Awards. In 2011 it participated in one of only five national Department for Education Music Partnership Projects, working in the Daventry area of Northamptonshire.
Marking its 30th Anniversary year in 2012, the Orchestra is delighted to welcome to its concert schedule a series of guest conductors – some making their debut with Sinfonia Viva, others a welcome return – to help celebrate 30 years of music making.
Anna Meredith is Sinfonia Viva’s Composer in the House - a Royal Philharmonic Society and PRS for Music Foundation initiative.