New Viva adventure for youngsters

Big Adventures Theatre Company are pictured performing with Sinfonia Viva at this year's Darley Park Concert.
Big Adventures Theatre Company are pictured performing with Sinfonia Viva at this year's Darley Park Concert.

Young people from Derby-based Big Adventures Youth Theatre Company will share the stage with celebrated regional orchestra Sinfonia Viva at the annual New Year’s Eve Gala Concert at Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall.

Big Adventures have previously performed alongside Viva at the annual Darley Park concert and will join the Orchestra in Nottingham on Thursday, December 31, for a programme full of Hollywood and Broadway glamour.

A 20-strong choir made up of young people aged 12 to 18 will perform a selection of seminal vocal smash hits.

These include Harry Warren’s emblematic title song Lullaby of Broadway from the Doris Day 1951 film musical of the same name plus Cole Porter’s fabulous Another Op’nin’, Another Show - the timeless tune from the massive 1948 hit Broadway musical Kiss Me, Kate.

There is also the punchy There’s No Business Like Show Business, made popular by Ethel Merman’s defining rendition in the 1950 film version of Irving Berlin’s Annie Get Your Gun.

Big Adventure Youth Theatre Company Director David Culling said: “We are delighted to return to the stage with Sinfonia Viva and to make our debut at the Gala Concert in Nottingham.

“These are some big choral numbers and it is a feather in our cap to be invited to perform again alongside Sinfonia Viva.

“I know that the New Year’s Eve concert is very popular with audiences and the singers’ experience in front 35,000 people at Darley Park this year will hold everyone in good stead for this performance.

“Preparation is the key and we will be rehearsing hard to ensure that this is a memorable night both for the performers and the audience alike.”

The early evening concert will transport the audience to the red carpet world of box-office smash musicals, all-time favourite movie themes and classic film songs.

From iconic film classics including the Oscar-winning soundtrack title music by John Williams’s Schindler’s List to the magnificence of Richard Strauss’s Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001: A Space Odyssey) the Gala Concert will be a veritable hit parade of songs and tunes that made history on the big screen and on stage.

The rich back-catalogue of music in the programme reads like a ‘who’s who’ of stage and screen triumphs.

These include George Gershwin’s fabulous Strike Up The Band overture and music from Oliver Stone’s grittily poignant Academy Award winning 1986 movie Platoon.

Tickets start from £15 and the popular Premium Seats are again available which includes a free programme available on the night. Tickets are on sale now from the Royal Centre box office on 0115 989 5555 or online at www.trch.co.uk