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Sinfonia Viva to play virtual New Year's Eve gala concert

The usual New Year’s Eve gala performance by Sinfonia Viva will not be taking place at Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall, but the orchestra has lined up an alternative.

Instead, the Grammy-nominated orchestra has taken the gala online.

Thanks to support from the government’s Culture Recovery Fund, a Chamber Orchestra of 13 players could pre-record an hour-long performance from the rehearsal room at Nottingham’s Lakeside Arts.

Sinfonia Viva concert (43608657)
Sinfonia Viva concert (43608657)

The intimate performance will premiere online at 6pm on December 31for every household who has bought a £10 ticket and will then be available to watch for the next seven days.

The orchestra has performed a gala concert at the Royal Concert Hall on December 31 for more than 25 years.

In time-honoured gala concert tradition, well-known dance tunes by the world-renowned Waltz King J. Strauss II will take centre stage, including Blue Danube, Roses From The South, and Champagne Polka.

Conducted by Benjamin Pope, the programme will also include Monti’s Czardas, a well-known folkloric piece based on a Hungarian csárdás featuring soloist Sophie Rosa and the beautiful Waltz No.3 Valse de la Reine by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.

It will finish with the orchestra’s traditional New Year Eve piece­— Radetzky by J. Strauss I.

Benjamin Pope said: “After such a traumatic year for everyone, we were keen to bring some familiarity back to this time of year ­— particularly for our loyal New Year’s Eve audiences.

“Although we would have all loved to have been playing in front of a packed auditorium at the Royal Concert Hall, I am delighted that we have been able to pre-record this intimate performance for people to enjoy from the comfort of their own homes.

“We thoroughly enjoyed coming together ­— socially distanced of course ­— in our best gowns and tails to record this programme of wonderful music.

“This has been expertly filmed to offer a unique look of the orchestra away from the concert hall and in the more personal environment of the Lakeside Arts rehearsal space.

“I hope that our New Year’s Eve stalwarts and newcomers alike will support the Orchestra by buying tickets for the online performance to either enjoy on New Year’s Eve itself, over the following days ­— or indeed on several occasions.

“I am sure we will all be glad to see the back of 2020 and I think that enjoying a lovely hour of classical music is the perfect way to bring beauty and positivity into our lives.

“Sinfonia Viva look forward to returning to the stage on New Year’s Eve 2021 when all of this will hopefully be a distant memory.”

To book, go to https://www.sinfoniaviva.co.uk/Event/viennese-concert-new-year-concert-2020-online

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