Frank Zielhorst joins Sinfonia Viva as new principal conductor

Dutch conductor Frank Zielhorst has joined Derby-based orchestra Sinfonia Viva as principal conductor, and will take over the baton at a performance on 14 March 2018 at Derby Cathedral.

Grammy-nominated Sinfonia Viva is the East Midlands’ professional orchestra and is based in Derby. Zielhorst, who has previously been with the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague and the Conservatoire of Amsterdam, spoke positively about Derby and being based with the orchestra in the city, “I love being in the UK. It is a beautiful country with lovely people and great traditions. Although I am away from home, I am very much a family person and I particularly like to be part of a community of people.

“Derby will be my second home over the coming years and the orchestra my second family. I am looking forward to being part of the fabric of the city and the regional arts community and I plan to spend the coming months meeting as many people as I can to get under the skin of the city and region.”

Founded in 1982 Sinfonia Viva and during 2017 celebrated its 35th year as the East Midlands professional orchestra. Chief Executive Peter Helps described the year as a ‘whirlwind’ and said, “We wanted to mark our 35th year by reaching more people than ever both through our concert programme and our nationally acclaimed education and community outreach programmes. As well as orchestral performances, our aim was to work with 3,500 people of all ages which we have certainly achieved.

“Highlights of our anniversary year have been the Mechanical Advantage education residency, the Twilights performances at Derby Cathedral, the launch of Sing Viva, our new carers’ choir, which performed for the first time at Darley Park and touring the region with our mobile inflatable venue.”

Zielhorst will officially debut as principal conductor of Sinfonia Viva when he conducts Twilights – Masters and Maestros at Derby Cathedral on 14 March 2018 with a programme including music from Britten, Mozart and Haydn and exploring dances from the ballroom, to the theatre, the pub and the village hall. Tickets are on sale now for the performance here.

Ahead of this – and the next chance to hear the orchestra perform in Derby – will be at Derby Theatre on 6 February 2018 with a performance of Mathematical Advantage at Derby Theatre where local schools and Derby College will perform with the orchestra, conducted by Frank Zielhorst. Tickets and further information are available here.

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