Sinfonia Celebrates 35 Years

“We will be bringing together people of all ages and our professional musicians to create exceptional music that stirs the emotions.
— Peter Helps, Chief Executive

Bondholder Sinfonia Viva is celebrating its 35th birthday with a packed concert programme across the region and beyond.

The East Midlands’ only professional orchestra is aiming to work directly with 3,500 people over the next 12 months through a series of education and community creative projects.

These will include young people aged one to 21, older people with dementia, carers, hospitals and hospices as well as young people and adults with learning difficulties.

Sinfonia Viva Chief Executive Peter Helps explained: “Our vision for the Orchestra is to make orchestral music accessible to all.

“We therefore want 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.

“The programme of work is broad and diverse with all sorts of exciting new projects in the pipeline which will take us across the city, county and East Midlands region."

Sinfonia Viva was established in 1982, originally as the East of England Orchestra because of the need for a professional orchestra for the East Midlands.

Peter continued: “We have come a long way in the past 35 years particularly in terms of the breadth of our artistic reputation and outreach work.

“Our size and make-up enable us to be flexible to the needs of the region and respond to new ideas and opportunities quickly while still fitting with our artistic vision.

“This flexibility is achieved through the vision and adaptability of musicians, management team and partners to explore new work and initiatives to widen participation and stretch the artistic boundaries.