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The Hannells Darley Park Concert 2018

Darley Park

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Sun 2 Sep

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About the event

An evening of classical music and fireworks – don’t forget your picnic!

Derby's much-loved concert returns to Darley Park.

Come along and be part of one of the UK’s biggest outdoor classical concerts, in the stunning natural amphitheatre that is Darley Park. James Holmes is back to conduct Sinfonia Viva, who are supported by Rolls-Royce. Soloists Mary Carewe and Andy Quinn will lead the vocal numbers.

Blue star Duncan James will be performing Somewhere Over the Rainbow with Sinfonia Viva.

British Sign Language interpretation will be provided by Sarah Gatford.

Customer information and FAQs

For all sorts of useful information about access, parking, what you can and can't bring to the event and so on, be sure to check out the event information and FAQs page before you head down to the park! You can also download this here

Tickets can be collected/purchased from the Sales and Information Centre on Derby Market Place up until 8pm on Saturday 1 September. On the day of the concert you will be able to collect and purchase tickets from two Box Office points at Darley Park.

Programme - Hope, peace and reconcilliation

6.15pm Darley Abbey Choir

7pm – 8pm Sinfonia Viva

First movement from 5th Symphony – Ludwig van Beethoven                             

The famous opening rhythm pattern is the same as morse code for V. This was used by the BBC during the Second World War as an opening credit in some broadcasts - V for Victory.

Jupiter from The Planets – Gustav Holst                                             

Contains the theme to the hymn I Vow To Thee My Country. That same tune was also used for the Rugby World Cup anthem World in Union.

ImagineJohn Lennon                                                                                       

You’ve Got a Friend James Taylor and Carole King                                                                       

Emperor Waltz – Richard Strauss                                  

This piece was originally titled Hand in Hand as a tribute from Strauss to a toast made by the Austrian Emperor when he visited the German Kaiser Wilhelm II.  Strauss’ Berlin publisher re-titled the work Emperor Waltz to appeal to the vanity of both the Austrian Emperor and the German Kaiser so they could both think it had been created especially for them.

Lili Marlene Norbet Schultze                                                                                        

A First World War poem turned into a song that was sung by both sides during the Second World War.

Somewhere from West Side Story – Leonard Bernstein                  

To mark the centenary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth.   

Finlandia – Jean Sibelius                         

This became the unofficial national anthem for a Russian occupied Finland and evokes the national struggle of the Finnish people.

8.05pm Saxophonix Ensemble

8.30pm – 9.30pm Sinfonia Viva (with fireworks starting just after 9.15pm)

Prelude from Te Deum Marc-Antoine Charpentier  

This was used as the anthem for the European Broadcasting Union.

I’d Like To Teach the World To Sing – Cook, Greenaway, Backer and Davis

Somewhere Over The Rainbow – Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg - (Duncan James)

Overture to The Gondoliers – Arthur Sullivan

After the production of The Gondoliers in 1889, the partnership of Gilbert and Sullivan famously, and acrimoniously, broke apart!

Hebrew Slaves Chorus – Giuseppe Verdi                               

From the opera Nabucco this piece is often thought to be an anthem for Italian patriots who were seeking to unify their country and free it from foreign control.

Bring Him Home from Les Miserables – Claude-Michel Schönberg, Alain Boublil

What the World Needs Now Burt Bacharach                                                                       

All You Need is Love John Lennon, Paul McCartney                                            

Friendship – Cole Porter                                                                                                  

Final Section from 9th Symphony – Ludwig van Beethoven                                              

This piece contains the famous Ode to Joy which has been used at many major events including in a concert to mark the fall of the Berlin Wall.

*Programme timings are subject to change.

Supported by

HannellsFlint BishopHUUBInvictus CommunicationsMortgage Advice BureauPKF Cooper ParryRedrow Homes and Stratstone BMW Derby.


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Concessions: £2.50

Concessions are typically available to over 60s, under 16s, students, unemployed and disabled people. Click through to Buy Tickets for individual prices and availability. Please note that proof may be required on collection of tickets or on entry to the auditorium.



Tickets bought from 1 Aug - day before the concert

Standard £5

Under 16s £2.50

Tickets bought on the day of the concert

Standard £7.50

Under 16s £2.50

Please note Under 16s is the only concession available for this event - under 16s must have proof of age with them on the day. In line with our standard terms and conditions, under 14s must be accompanied by a paying adult over the age of 18.


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