Duncan Ward conducts his final concert as Principal Conductor of Sinfonia Viva

Tonight, Duncan Ward will conduct his final concert as Principal Conductor of Sinfonia Viva, a position he took up in January 2015. He will finish the post when his three-year contract comes to an end.

On the occasion, Duncan said, “I would like to thank all at Viva for the great musical experiences we have shared in these last three years across an incredibly wide range of repertoire and contexts. It has been a joy to personally get to know the musicians at the heart of this Ensemble, and I wish them all the very best for the future.”

Ben Holland, Leader and Artistic Advisor said, “On behalf of the players at Viva I would like to offer immense thanks to Duncan for his work with us as Principal Conductor. His versatility as composer, pianist, educator and of course conductor has inspired us on so many occasions and I personally will hold very fond memories of happy, relaxed yet intense experiences on the concert platform with Duncan at the helm. We wish him all the best with his further career.”

Duncan is also Associate Conductor of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. Plans for the 2017/18 season include debuts with Dresden Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Belgique and Trondheim Symphony, and at Dutch National Opera for a double bill of Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti and Macmillan’s Clemency. Duncan is currently conducting Brett’s Dean Hamlet with Glyndebourne on Tour, with the final performance at Plymouth’s Theatre Royal on Friday 1 December.

Tonight’s programme

PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 1 ‘Classical’
HUMMEL Piano Concerto No. 2 Op. 85 (soloist: Clare Hammond)
SIBELIUS Kuolema – Scene with Cranes
MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 4 ‘Italian’

Tickets and more information here.

After Hours concert

Duncan and Sinfonia Viva will also perform an ‘After Hours’ concert, following their first performance, presenting a vibrant mix of dance and jazz-infused pieces:

GARY CARPENTER Bermuda Suite and Dolphin
MARTINŮ La Revue de Cuisine

Tickets and more information here.

From the archives

Duncan spoke about working with Sinfonia Viva in a 2015 interview with Nina Large, saying:

“Viva are a phenomenally flexible bunch of musicians who bring the same passion, curiosity and flair to accompanying a new student song alongside five teenage drummers and a primary school brass band, as they do to tackling a Beethoven symphony. I love this open-minded and eclectic approach to music making, and the fact that after a sparkling performance of Mendelssohn and Britten, I can take some of the jazzers from the ensemble to a hotel bar and invite the audience to join us for a jam. Perhaps most special, however, is that with Sinfonia Viva ‘education work’ is not just important but truly at the heart of the ensemble and organisation. The scope of the projects is huge from creative work with students in special needs schools, to toddlers, to multi-media extravaganzas like the recent award-winning Dark Clouds marking the 100th anniversary of the First World War.”

Read the full interview here.

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