Darley Park Concert 2014

Thu 4 Sep 2014

Darley Park Concert hits the right note

This year’s Darley Park Concert was a huge success with a record-breaking estimated audience of 35’000 coming along – some even arriving during rehearsals to secure their spot on the hill.

Sinfonia Viva performed a programme that took its theme from the 175th anniversary of train making in Derby. The evening included classics both old and new, from concert hall, stage and screen, including Warren’s Runaway Train, Denza’s Funiculi, Funicula, Mit Dampf by Strauss and Andrew Lloyd- Webber’s Skimbleshanks – The Railway Cat, from Cats.

Classic FM’s Saturday Lunchtime Presenter Nicholas Owen was our host for the evening and James Holmes returned to magnificently conduct the orchestra with baritone Grant Doyle also returning with his award-winning vocals with him.

We were treated to the appearance of local Commonwealth Games medalists Adam Peaty and Caroline Povey who were invited onto the stage by the Leader of the Council – Councilor Ranjit Banwait. The pair were presented with a token of appreciation from the city and gained a round of applause as they showed of their medals.

The stunning natural amphitheater of Darley Park was lit up by the fireworks that ended the night.

With all of the ‘tweets’ and ‘posts’ that you made, we chose some of our favourites;

Spectacular evening at the Darley Abbey concert - thank you @derbylive#lovederby

Fantastic evening at Darley Park Concert. Top effort to everyone behind the event @DerbyLIVE

Well done @DerbyLIVE and @sinfoniavivauk Great night at #Darley14 with fantastic firework finale! #Derbyshire

Great time at @DerbyLIVE's#DarleyParkConcert thoroughly recommended!

Great evening, loved the music and you excelled yourselves with the fireworks this year. We have never missed a year since the start.

#darley14 finale, congrats @DerbyLIVE it was fantastic and jaw-dropping #classicderby

During the concert we had cameras set-up around the park and on-stage so that we could make a time-lapse video of the building of the stage and the concert taking place. You can watch this on Derby LIVE’s YouTube channel.

Image credit: Ashley Franklin Photography