The much-loved Darley Park Concert is all set to return tomorrow (Sunday 3 September 2017) for an evening of classical music, picnicking and fireworks, following a year’s break.
Now officially titled the Hannells Darley Park Concert this is the first year the event has been charged for after the city council dropped it from their calendar last year to make budget savings. One of the biggest outdoor classical concerts in the UK the event makes use of the natural amphitheatre setting of Darley Park and this year will link its programme of music to the 40th anniversary of Derby gaining city status.
The programme includes takes on music from film and TV as well as well-known classical pieces too. This year those attending can expect to hear the theme from Thunderbirds, music from Star Wars and three pieces chosen by public vote: Goodwin: 633 Squadron, Prokofiev: Montagues and Capulets from Romeo and Juliet and Steiner: Lara’s Theme – Gone with the Wind. Classical pieces Nimrod by Elgar and Ride Of The Valkyries by Wagner will also be played.
Sinfonia Viva will play from 7pm, following a performance from Viva Carers Choir, and have confirmed the concert conductor will be James Holmes along with baritone, Grant Doyle as soloist, both of whom are regulars at the concert.
Free in previous years tickets for this year’s event are priced at £5 on the day between noon and 8.30pm from the box offices on site, with queues expected for ticket purchase and collection at the park. Concert goers are allowed to bring their own food and drink and will be able to enter the arena area from 2pm, with two entrances at the Rowing Club end of the park and one at Darley Abbey village. People are being asked to arrive in plenty of time to allow for bag searches and extra security.
Items not allowed into the concert are: fireworks and sparklers, smoke or gas canisters (including aerosols and nitrous oxide), Chinese lanterns, megaphones and air horns, sound systems, naked flames, flares, weapons, dangerous or hazardous items, laser devices, unauthorised items for trading, anything that may be used as a weapon or compromise safety, flagpoles measuring more than 1 metre, drones, illegal drugs including “former legal highs”, unauthorised professional photography or recording equipment, zoom lenses, audio/visual or cinematographic devices, barbecues including disposable barbecues, camping stoves, flaming torches, and any tents, gazebos or shelters.
Limited car parking is available at £5 per car at nearby St Benedict Catholic Academy and Derby Rugby Club on the other side of the river. Parking for Blue Badge holders is on a first come, first served basis at the Darley Abbey cricket club in the village. Bicycle parking is available near the two entrances, and a travel offer gets concert goers £1 an unlimited day travel ticket with a Trent Barton and Kinchbus ticket.
Find more information on the Darley Park concert:
- on the Derby LIVE website