Get ready for The Hannells Darley Park Concert at Home!

Fri 28 Aug 2020

Picnic rugs and barbecue tongs at the ready – it is nearly time to enjoy The Hannells Darley Park Concert at Home! Here is your essential guide to how to enjoy this year’s virtual event on Sunday 30 August, after the Covid-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of this year’s live concert.

Derby LIVE, Derby City Council’s arts and events arm, has teamed up with Sinfonia Viva, the orchestra of the East Midlands, and BBC Radio Derby to bring The Hannells Darley Park Concert to you at home. Derby LIVE are delighted that the sponsors who were originally involved in this year’s outdoor concert are also supporting this innovative celebration of music. They are Hannells Estate Agents, Flint Bishop Solicitors, HUUB, Mortgage Advice Bureau, Stratstone BMW and MINI Derby and WDS.

Thanks to some technical wizardry, video recordings of last year’s concert and some new, filmed footage have been blended to create a three-hour show, to be broadcast live on the BBC website and BBC iPlayer from 6pm and 9pm, while the show is broadcast simultaneously on BBC Radio Derby. The host will be BBC Radio Derby favourite Andy Twigge.

To set the mood in the lead up to the virtual event, tune in to BBC Radio Derby from 4pm for all the background chat about how the concert has been re-invented for this year, with presenter Dean Pepall.

From 6pm, watch the event live on your PC or laptop from the BBC Radio Derby website at You can also find this link on BBC Radio Derby's Facebook page.

Alternatively, watch on BBC iPlayer by going to on your PC, or choosing BBC iPlayer on your smart TV. You will need to sign in to view using your BBC username and password, which you can set up beforehand at Search for Darley Park Concert. The live broadcast will start at 6pm.

The event is known for its sense of community spirit, so to capture this in the most unusual of circumstances, you can post photos and messages with #Darley20 on your own Twitter or Instagram, or on the @DerbyLIVE Facebook page, or on BBC Radio Derby’s Facebook page, to appear on our Derby LIVE Social Media wall. We look forward to seeing your photos, comments and videos.

You can access all the links, to the BBC Radio Derby website, to iPlayer, Facebook and the Social Media wall, from the Derby LIVE website here, on the day of the concert and for seven days afterwards.

Last year’s concert celebrated 1969 and Golden Anniversaries through a programme of music put together by the Grammy-nominated Sinfonia Viva. The conductor from last year, Ben Pope, has remastered the sound for this year’s broadcast, and will also present the live introductions to each piece of music.

Further highlights are five new songs recorded by a cabaret band of seven Sinfonia Viva musicians, with conductor James Holmes, a familiar face from the Darley Park Concerts who was due to lead this year’s live event. They are joined on vocals by Derbyshire singer Andy Quinn, who wowed the crowds at the Darley Park Concert in 2018. Sinfonia Viva’s new recordings are supported by Rolls-Royce.

Derby Jazz are also contributing a set as part of their LOOSEN UP programme, set up in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. With the continuing constrictions on live performance, Derby Jazz has commissioned Dennis Rollins MBE to create and write new music, designed to be played outdoors by an eleven-piece acoustic ensemble. This recording is one of ten or more performances they are giving in Derby in September and October.

Councillor Robin Wood, Derby City Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Tourism, said:

“I had the pleasure of watching some of the recording for the new pieces of music, and it is marvellous how everyone has pulled together to create a musical experience to remember for this most unusual of years. I’m really looking forward to relaxing at home and tuning in.” 

To find out more about The Hannells Darley Park Concert at Home, click here.

The full running order is below. Timings are approximate.

6pm: Introduction by Andy Twigge, followed by the Sinfonia Viva Cabaret Band, featuring Andy Quinn, performing:

  • Oh Gee Oh Joy - George Gershwin
  • Younger than Springtime - Rodgers & Hammerstein, from the musical South Pacific.
  • Georgia on my Mind - Hoagy Carmichael, forever associated with Ray Charles.
  • My Baby Just Cares For Me - Walter Donaldson and Gus Kahn, famous for Nina Simone’s signature version.

6.30pm: The first half of The Hannells Darley Park Concert 2019, with introductions and commentary from Ben Pope and Andy Twigge. Vocal performances by Grant Doyle.

  • Opening of Also Sprach - Strauss R. Made famous by the film 2001 A Space Odyssey.
  • Blue Danube - Strauss J. Arguably the most well-known waltz.
  • None But The Lonely Heart - Tchaikovsky
  • Here Comes The Sun – Beatles
  • Liberty Bell – Sousa. Perhaps better known as the theme from Monty Python’s Flying Circus.
  • Nimrod - Elgar
  • Run Away Train - Warren
  • Music of the Spheres – Strauss J
  • Slavonic Dance 46/8 - Dvorak     

7.30pm: Derby Jazz

  • Home
  • Alright

7.55pm: Sinfonia Viva Cabaret Band, featuring Andy Quinn:

  • 20th Century Blues – Noel Coward
  • The Ballad of Mack the Knife – Kurt Weill
  • This is the Moment - Leslie Bricusse & Frank Wildhorn, from the musical Jekyll and Hyde.

8.10pm: The second half of The Hannells Darley Park Concert 2019, with introductions and commentary from Ben Pope and Andy Twigge. Vocal performances by Grant Doyle.

  • Ace’s High March - Goodwin
  • Gold and Silver Waltz - Lehar
  • Black and White Rag - Botsford
  • Come Fly with Me – Van Heusen
  • Steve Bloomer’s Watchin’ – Brady. For all the Rams fans.
  • Summer of 69 – Bryan Adams
  • Light Cavalry Overture – Suppe. Featuring fireworks.
  • Land of Hope and Glory - Elgar. Ending with last year’s spectacular fireworks.

Find out more about the performers below.

Sinfonia Viva

Founded in 1982, Sinfonia Viva is a charity and orchestra that helps those most in need and performs a wide range of orchestral music written by a variety of people. These include works by classical composers, young people, the elderly and music by today’s composers. Sinfonia Viva shines a light on talent by writing music with communities across the country and performing alongside them onstage. The orchestra want as many people as possible to have access to their music and bring their music to the widest possible audience by performing across the UK, broadcasting on radio such as Classic FM, BBC Radio 3 and digital stations and making their performances accessible through BSL interpretation, hearing loops and sensory equipment, as well as collaborating with others to create multimedia performances.

Sinfonia Viva is committed to producing high quality performances and participatory work during the current pandemic and has already produced a series or inspiring creative projects online for children with learning difficulties and disabilities, as well as a range of online performances including intimate performances from musicians and this year’s Darley Park Concert “at Home” virtual event. 

The orchestra has featured on albums and tracks by Bobby Womack, Damon Albarn, Mos Def and the Gorillaz and has been nominated for a Grammy award for their work on contemporary pop music. Other awards include The Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards in 2018 and several awards at the Family Arts Awards in London. Sinfonia Viva continues to work with BBC Children In Need, a partnership that is currently in its sixth year.

James Holmes – Conductor

James Holmes is always pleased to find Darley Park in his diary, even in this year’s different format.  A former staff conductor for English National Opera and Head of Music for Opera North, he 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 longtime interest and enthusiasm, so his version of The Ballad of Mack the Knife is eagerly awaited.

Andy Quinn

A familiar face in musical theatre around Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire for many years, firefighter Andy Quinn achieved national attention when 6.5 million viewers watched him become the ‘Unexpected Star’ of Michael McIntyre’s Big Show on prime time BBC One, with his stunning rendition of Bring Him Home from Les Misérables. He specialises in performing songs from West End shows, Swing, and Vintage.

Benjamin Pope – Conductor

In addition to Sinfonia Viva, Benjamin Pope has conducted orchestras worldwide including the Royal Philharmonic and Hallé Orchestras, Dresden Staatskapelle, Dresden Philharmonic, CBSO, RSNO, Berlin Staatskapelle, Tokyo Philharmonic & Scottish Chamber Orchestras, Osaka Symphony, Luxembourg Philharmonic, Ulster Orchestra, Trondheim Symphony, Munich Symphony, Lahti Symphony, Iceland Symphony, London Mozart Players, Orchestras of RTÉ (Ireland), ERT (Greece) and BBC, Britten Sinfonia, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Czech National Symphony, as well as many other orchestras and choirs in the USA, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Portugal, France, Japan, Turkey, South Korea, Austria, Czech Republic in venues as diverse as La Fenice, Venice and Wembley Arena.  He has toured to Jamaica and Africa with the Royal Philharmonic, and worldwide with The Royal Ballet.  

A critically-acclaimed conductor for dance, Benjamin was named Music Consultant to Hong Kong Ballet in 2016, Music Director of the Royal Ballet of Flanders in 2011, and receives return invitations to work with most of the world’s leading ballet companies.

He has conducted many of the major works for chorus and orchestra, including the Requiems of Verdi, Mozart and Fauré in New York and London, operatic highlights include works by Verdi, Bizet, Puccini, Mascagni, Mozart, Rossini.

He is strongly committed to music education, recently being named Music Director of The Classical Roadshow; he is principal conductor for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s education department, RPO Resound.

Benjamin is a highly experienced conductor of live film screenings in concert with a large repertoire of titles, including the Harry Potter Series, Amadeus, Star Wars, Titanic among others; he is authorised by John Williams to conduct and mentor other conductors seeking to work on the Star Wars movies.

Benjamin is an experienced presenter, both live in concert and for broadcast, having written and presented for BBC Radio 3.

Grant Doyle

Grant is well known to Darley Park concert goers after numerous appearances there. Born in Adelaide, he studied at the Royal College of Music in London and was a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House. Since then his roles for Covent Garden have included Ping TurandotHarlequin Ariadne auf NaxosSchaunard La bohème and Billy Wayne Smith in Anna Nicole.

Other credits include Yeletsky Queen of Spades, Robert Iolanta (Opera Holland Park); Forester The Cunning Little Vixen, Enric The Skating RinkDon Giovanni (Garsington Opera); Macbeth, Hector King Priam (English Touring Opera) and principle roles for Scottish Opera, Opera North, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, The Grange Festival, Longborough Festival Opera and at the Royal Albert Hall.

As a busy concert soloist, Grant Doyle has performed with Sinfonia Viva, the Philharmonia Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Copenhagen Philharmonic Bournemouth Symphony, and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras as well as The Bach Choir in works including Carmina Burana, Fauré Requiem, Judas Maccabeus, Glagolitic Mass, Brahms German Requiem, Britten War Requiem, A Child of Our Time, Messiah and Christus in the St John Passion and St Matthew Passion.

Derby Jazz

Derby Jazz has been a vital part of Derby’s cultural landscape since the 1980s. With funding from Arts Council England, and sometimes Derby City Council, in a normal year it promotes over twenty performances, runs workshops for adults and young people and in most years it also commissions new work from major artists with strong Derby and East Midlands connections.

This year its normal work has been massively disrupted so it’s diverted its resources into commissioning Dennis Rollins MBE to create and write new music for LOOSEN UP. An eleven-piece acoustic ensemble designed to play outdoors and made up of eight of the region’s most exciting professional jazz musicians, two outstanding amateur players and an incredibly talented schoolboy from Nottingham. Under Dennis’ leadership they’ve been working together online and have spent two days rehearsing together in the flesh. This recording is one of ten or more performances they are giving in Derby in September and October. Derby Jazz hope to be back with their regular programme in January 2021.