Free concert in the park returns

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THE UK’s biggest free outdoor classical concert returns for another year when the Darley Park Concert takes place in Derby on Sunday, September 4, from 5.30pm.

With an amazing firework finale, Derby Live and Sinfonia Viva are inviting people from across the county – and beyond – to be part of the 30,000-strong crowd at this popular annual event, held in the impressive natural amphitheatre that is Darley Park.

Join Sinfonia Viva and regular Darley Park Concert conductor James Holmes, plus soloist Mary Carewe, for a spectacular programme of music including pieces from Copland, Waldteufel, Joplin, Gershwin, Bernstein, Strauss, Sibelius, Dietrich and Offenbach.

These pieces include Fanfare for the Common Man, The Entertainer, Radetsky March, The Blue Danube, Over the Rainbow, the overture to Orpheus in the Underworld and much more.

Mary Carewe is one of the most accomplished and versatile concert and recording artists in the UK. She is as comfortable performing musical theatre, film music and cabaret songs as she is contemporary music and her ability to interpret the wishes of a composer while adding her own unique stamp also makes her highly sought-after.

The programme for the evening will be a tour-de-force of great popular songs and famous orchestral pieces chosen to entertain and delight, a real mixture of high-energy tunes that will have your feet tapping (and very possibly some invited audience participation in the singing department) plus a selection of superb orchestral classics to savour, played by the region’s only professional orchestra, Sinfonia Viva.

Also appearing and performing at the concert will be Luke Roberts (from Channel 5’s Hi-5), who will star as Dick Whittington in this year’s pantomime at the Assembly Rooms. You can also expect appearances in the park from The BFG (Big Friendly Giant) and the blue ‘number 4’ from children’s TV favourite, Numberjacks. Hosting the concert will be Mark Forrest, Classic FM’s Brighter Breakfast presenter.

Parking is available at nearby St. Benedict School and costs £5 per car. In the interest of safety please do not bring barbecues, sparklers, animals, tents or gazebos to the park. Do bring a torch.

Cycle Derby will provide and staff a free cycle park which will be situated stage right next to the disabled car park, near to the Darley Street entrance to the park

Young children are welcome, but please be aware that the fireworks can be very loud. You can bring your own picnic and there will also be food and drink stands. Chairs are not provided but you can bring your own.