Six-figure boost for Sinfonia Viva

Arts Council England is investing almost £160,000 in Bondholder Sinfonia Viva's plans to take its mobile venue on tour to places where there are few traditional concert halls.

Inspired by its recent performances as part of The Grand Tour, the money will be used to transform Sinfonia Viva's mobile stage and auditorium into a modern day musical cabinet of curiosity.

Peter Knott, Area Director at Arts Council England, said: "Sinfonia Viva's inflatable concert venue gives the company the flexibility to perform anywhere, which is why we're delighted to be supporting their latest tour."

Peter Helps, Chief Executive of Sinfonia Viva, said: "This project will enable us to bring high quality cultural activity to areas we wouldn't normally be able to reach, whilst at the same time celebrating local talent and showcasing each area's valuable artistic output."

This project will enable us to bring high quality cultural activity to areas we wouldn’t normally be able to reach
— Peter Helps, Chief Executive of Sinfonia Viva

Throughout June 2017, the tour will see Sinfonia Viva pitch up and perform in East Lindsey, Mansfield, north Norfolk, Scunthorpe and the orchestra's home city of Derby. Viva will present a mix of classical concerts, events and workshops for people of all ages to enjoy.