Theme announced for Hannells Darley Park Concert as Classic FM come on board

Tue 5 Jun 2018

The hugely successful Hannells Darley Park Concert will once again be staged in the picturesque setting of Darley Park. It is one the UK's biggest outdoor classical concerts and takes place on Sunday 2 September. This year's event will be supported by HannellsFlint BishopHUUBInvictus CommunicationsMortgage Advice BureauPKF Cooper ParryRedrow Homes and Stratstone BMW Derby.

We are delighted to announce that Classic FM, the UK's most popular classical music station with 5.6 million weekly listeners, will be the media partner for this year's concert. Crowd favourites, Sinfonia Viva, the Orchestra of the East Midlands, who are supported by Rolls-Royce, will be the lead performers and at the concert.

Peter Helps, Chief Executive of Sinfonia Viva said: "Sinfonia Viva is thrilled to be back at Darley Park. Every year we look for a theme on which to hang the various programme ideas. With the centenary of the end of the First World War coming up in November it seemed right to find a way to mark this. We have gone for a programme to reflect hope, peace and reconciliation. There are lots of tunes and songs people will recognise in the programme. As ever we have had to whittle the list down from a large number of items. We hope everyone enjoys the selection!"

Sinfonia Viva will begin with the first movement from Beethoven's fifth symphony, which was used for the opening credits of some broadcasts during WWII. The theme will continue with Lili Marlene by German composer Norbet Schultze, this famous German piece about the anguish of war based on a WWI poem was originally banned in Nazi Germany but became popular with troops on both sides of the Second World War. Along with the classical pieces the programme will feature popular cultural music synonymous with peace including Imagine, All You Need Is Love and I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing. Themes of peace, hope and reconciliation run throughout concert which will include the final section of Beethoven's ninth Symphony which has been used in major events, including a concert to mark the fall of the Berlin Wall.

You can find out more information about the event and tickets here.