Sinfonia Viva

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Sinfonia Viva is a British orchestra based in Derby, United Kingdom. The orchestra is administratively based at the Robinson Industrial Estate, Shaftesbury Street, Derby. It gives concerts in a number of cities and venues, including the following:


Malcolm Nabarro founded the orchestra in 1982 as the East of England Orchestra in Nottingham, and served as its first artistic director through 1995. Peter Helps then became chief executive of the orchestra in 1995. In that year, the orchestra moved its residence from Nottingham to Derby, specifically to the Beaufort Business Centre. In 1996, Nicholas Kok became principal conductor of the orchestra.

The orchestra changed its name to Sinfonia Viva in 2000.[1] Kok stood down as Sinfonia Viva's principal conductor in 2006, and then became the orchestra's principal guest conductor. André de Ridder became principal conductor of sinfonia Viva in 2007, with an initial contract of 3 years. In September 2010, the orchestra extended his contract through 2012.[2][3] de Ridder concluded his tenure with sinfonia Viva after the 2011–2012 season.[4] In September 2014, Sinfonia Viva announced the appointment of Duncan Ward as its next principal conductor, effective in January 2015, for an initial contract of 2 years.[5] Ward concluded his tenure on 29 November 2017.[6] In January 2018, the orchestra announced the appointment of Frank Zielhorst as its new principal conductor, with immediate effect.[7]

The orchestra appointed its first resident composer, Anna Meredith, as part of the Royal Philharmonic Society's 'Composer in the House' scheme, in December 2009.[8] She formally began her work with Sinfonia Viva in January 2010, and continued in the post through 2012.[9]

Peter Helps retired as chief executive in 2021.[10] In October 2021, the orchestra announced the appointment of Lucy Galliard as its next chief executive, effective January 2022.[11]

Outside of conventional classical music, Sinfonia Viva made its first London appearance in May 2009 at King's Place, as part of the "East Meets West Festival", in collaboration with the Indian violinist Kala Ramnath.[12] The orchestra has also worked with the group Gorillaz on their 2010 album Plastic Beach.[13]

Principal conductors[edit]

  • Malcolm Nabarro (1982–1995) (Artistic Director, East of England Orchestra)
  • Nicholas Kok (1996–2006)
  • André de Ridder (2007–2012)
  • Duncan Ward (2015–2017)
  • Frank Zielhorst (2018–present)


  1. ^ "World premiere performance helps put Derby orchestra firmly in the spotlight". Derby Telegraph. 10 February 2011. Retrieved 6 March 2011.
  2. ^ "Principal Conductor reaffirms commitment to sinfonia Viva" (Press release). sinfonia Viva. 13 September 2010. Retrieved 6 March 2011.
  3. ^ Nigel Powlson (11 February 2011). "Conductor extends contract at 'impressive' orchestra to 2012". Derby Telegraph. Retrieved 6 March 2011.
  4. ^ "Conductor André set to say goodbye to Viva with typically classic performance". Derby Telegraph. 23 January 2012. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  5. ^ "Rising Star Takes Up the Baton With Sinfonia Viva" (Press release). Sinfonia Viva. 17 September 2014. Retrieved 5 November 2014.
  6. ^ "Duncan Ward conducts his final concert as Principal Conductor of Sinfonia Viva" (Press release). Askonas Holt. 29 November 2017. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
  7. ^ "Meet the new Principal Conductor of Sinfonia Viva, Frank Zielhorst" (Press release). Sinfonia Viva. 11 January 2018. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  8. ^ Helen Meynell (24 December 2009). "Composer Anna to spend two years with Viva". Derby Telegraph. Retrieved 6 March 2011.
  9. ^ "Anna Meredith appointed RPS/PRS for Music Foundation Composer in the House at Sinfonia Viva 2010-2012" (Press release). Sinfonia Viva. December 2009. Retrieved 6 March 2011.
  10. ^ "Sinfonia Viva Chief Executive Announces Retirement" (Press release). Sinfonia Viva. 18 February 2021. Retrieved 4 February 2022.
  11. ^ "Sinfonia Viva Announces Lucy Galliard As New Chief Executive". Arts Derbyshire. 18 October 2021. Retrieved 4 February 2022.
  12. ^ Nigel Powlson (22 May 2009). "Orchestra ready for classic as it makes bow in capital". Derby Telegraph. Retrieved 6 March 2011.
  13. ^ "André helps Viva to reach new heights". Derby Telegraph. 11 February 2011. Retrieved 6 March 2011.

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