CLASSIC FM presenter returns to host the HANNELLS Darley Park Concert

Hannells Darley Park Concert

Thu 16 Aug 2018

The much-loved Hannells Darley Park Concert, one of the UK’s biggest outdoor classical concerts, will be returning on Sunday 2 September in the stunning natural amphitheatre of Darley Park. This year’s event will be sponsored by HannellsFlint BishopHUUBInvictus CommunicationsMortgage Advice BureauPKF Cooper ParryRedrow Homes and Stratstone BMW Derby

This year’s concert will once again be run in partnership with Classic FM, the UK’s most popular classical music station, with 5.2 million weekly listeners.The East Midlands Grammy-nominated and RPS Awards winning orchestra Sinfonia Viva will return, with a performance supported by Rolls-Royce.

Cllr Alan Grimadell, Cabinet member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, said: “It’s fantastic to have such a great host in Classic FM’s Tim Lihoreau. We are all looking forward to another successful concert this year and I’m sure that everyone will have a brilliant time!”

Derby LIVE is delighted to announce that Tim Lihoreau, presenter of Classic FM’s More Music Breakfast, will be returning to host the event and will also broadcast his breakfast show from Classic FM’s East Midlands studio the following morning. Tim presents the biggest single breakfast show on UK commercial radio, with 1.7 million people tuning in every week.


This year’s programme is guaranteed to delight with an eclectic mix of returning favourites, along with a selection of music representing the theme of hope, peace and reconciliation to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.

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, who are supported by Rolls-Royce, have confirmed the concert conductor will again be James Holmes. A former staff conductor for English National Opera and Head of Music for Opera North, James Holmes is now a freelance conductor, accompanist and arranger. Alongside an operatic repertoire that encompasses everything from Mozart to contemporary world premières, he has maintained a lifelong interest in musical theatre and has played a significant part in its adoption by opera houses in the UK. The music of Kurt Weill is a particular long-time interest and enthusiasm: he serves on the Board of Trustees of the Kurt Weill Foundation, New York, has sat six times on the jury for the prestigious Lotte Lenya competition, is a member of the Advisory Board for the Kurt Weill Edition and has conducted as wide a range of Weill’s music as anyone in the world; this year he became only the seventh-ever recipient of the Foundation's Lifetime Achievement award for his services to the composer. Recent work includes Judith Weir’s TheVanishing Bridegroom for British Youth Opera, Weill’s Love Life in a new production in Freiburg, and a revival of Kiss Me, Kate for Opera North; in the autumn he makes his debut in Vienna, conducting Bernstein's Wonderful Town. Jim has been appearing with Viva for more than a decade, and is always pleased to find Darley Park in the diary!

Talented soloists Mary Carewe and Derbyshire’s Andy Quinn will lead the vocal numbers. Mary is an English singer and vocal coach, best known as one of the lead vocalists in Karl Jenkins' musical project Adiemus, often singing harmonies with Miriam Stockley. She was born in England and trained as a singer in London. Andy was discovered when he appeared as the ‘Unexpected Star’ on Michael McIntyre’s Big Show on BBC1 in 2016, he is also a part time firefighter on call for Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service in Heanor. Andy has just completed recording his debut album of musical theatre songs released on 5th May, including an exclusive track - 'Unexpected Star'.

The Darley Abbey Choir will be providing the pre-Viva entertainment, and its performance will include The Darley Abbey Anthem written for the joint choir by local musician Anne de Waal who also rehearses the group. The choir is made up of 36 primary school children aged six to 12 from two neighbouring schools - the Old Vicarage School and Walter Evans Church of England Aided Primary School. During the interval there will be a musical performance from the Saxophonix Ensemble, an international award-winning youth saxophone ensemble, which has recently toured New York and New Orleans. They will be performing at the London Saxophone Festival and embarking upon a coast to coast tour of the USA at the end of October. The musicians are aged between 14-18 and are all highly skilled young musicians, with members of the ensemble attending a number of the “London" Junior Music Academies.

Sinfonia Viva’s carers’ choir Sing Viva, will join the orchestra on stage at Darley Park to perform I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing.  The choir, which is made up of carers, their friends and family, is hugely excited to perform with Sinfonia Viva for the first time and on stage at Darley Park.

The Hannells Darley Park Concert, supported by Hannells, Flint Bishop Solicitors, HUUB, Invictus Communications, Mortgage Advice Bureau, PKF Cooper Parry, Redrow Homes and Stratstone BMW Derby, will take place at Darley Park on Sunday 2 September from 6pm, with gates open from 2pm. Tickets bought before 1 September are priced, Standard £5, Under 16s £2.50. Tickets bought on the day of the concert are priced, Standard £7.50 and Under 16s £2.50.

With tickets now on sale it is never too early to book for this fantastic evening of classical music and fireworks. Tickets can be purchased from 01332 255800, online at, or be booked in person at the Sales and Information Centre, Assembly Rooms, Market Place, Derby.