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Sinfonia Viva to take performances online thanks to Culture Recovery Fund grant

Grammy nominated Sinfonia Viva has secured support as part of the Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund. The only professional orchestra in the East Midlands has received a £72,123 grant.

It helps it secure its future and the livelihoods of freelance artists that it works with by developing two key areas of its work on to digital platforms ­— concerts and creative outreach programmes.

The orchestra is now planning to produce videos of three ensemble performances in local historical settings over the coming months as well as a concert programme of Viennese music.

A performance by Sinfonia Viva at Derby Theatre. (42814453)
A performance by Sinfonia Viva at Derby Theatre. (42814453)

This will replace Viva’s annual gala concert that is usually performed in front of a sell-out audience at Nottingham Royal Centre on New Year’s Eve.

All recordings will be BSL interpreted and available online, with audiences asked to donate to orchestra funds.

Sinfonia Viva chief executive Peter Helps said: “We have worked hard as a lean and flexible organisation to ensure our resilience to the restrictions placed on us until such times that we can return to concert giving in venues and engaging with local communities to create and perform music.

“Our biggest concern has been the lack of opportunities to work with and, of course, pay the freelance musicians, composers and workshop leaders who are such an important part of our organisation.

“In the short term, the funding will enable us to support our creative family by delivering high quality classical music and continuing the choirs that have been a lifeline to everyone involved in these turbulent times.

“It also gives us the means to up-skill and explore different ways to address the challenges we all face in the orchestral world, both now and in the future.”

The grant will also enable two choirs run by the orchestra to continue online ­— Sing Viva, Derbyshire carers’ choir, and SOfa choir in rural parts of Lincolnshire as well as people from Sweden and Denmark as part of an international partnership.

Since lockdown Sinfonia Viva’s activity has included short online performances by solo musicians, new music performed as part of Darley Park At Home and a performance by Sing Viva of Lean On Me on Youtube https://youtu.be/K6-eY25cLlE

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