Derby set to host world premiere of exciting new work
AN exciting new work co-commissioned by Sinfonia Viva will have its world premiere in Derby in March
The East Midlands orchestra has joined forces with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in Australia, the Borletti-Buitoni Trust and the Fidelio Trust to co-commission Breaking Silence.
Composed by Fraser Trainer, it is a new concerto for orchestra and O Duo percussionists Oliver Cox and Owen Gunnell, and is O Duo's second major work created with funds from a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Special Commissioning Award.
The world premiere at the Assembly Rooms on March 19 will be conducted by dynamic young Hungarian Gergely Madaras.
The audience will also get chance to hear from the conductor and O Duo in a special "talking music" audience session before the concert at 6.30pm.
The commission will then also be performed in Australia on May 30 by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at Melbourne Town Hall.
Trainer cites ritual, dance and song as the three key elements within the sounds, textures and rhythms of this unusual combination.
The four movements – Earshot, At the Double, Breaking Silence (Secret Song) and Hook – harness the brilliant technique and animated physicality of Cox and Gunnell, from the opening reveille, through wisps of melodic and lyrical percussion calls in the third movement, to virtuoso drumming and dance-like loops, drops and grooves in the finale.
The second movement is a showcase for O Duo alone, playing on instruments that range from marimba and vibraphone to reception bells, African thumb piano and biscuit tin.
The evening will also include Haydn's Symphony No 3, Drumroll, and Beethoven's Symphony number three, Eroica.
Sinfonia Viva chief executive Peter Helps said: "We were delighted to been involved in co-commissioning this exciting work by Fraser Trainer and to work again with O Duo, who are certainly making their mark both home and abroad.
"We are particularly excited that the world premiere of Breaking Silence will be in Derby and that this will be the second world premiere for us in a matter of days.
"Work commissioned by Anna Meredith being performed at the Assembly Rooms on March 21 as part of the orchestra's spring education residency Moon.
"The orchestra has a long-standing commitment to commissioning new work but to perform two premieres in one week has to be a first for us.
"These occasions will be made even more special by having the composers join us in Derby.
"And the international collaboration as well as the opportunity for the audience to meet O Duo to learn more about this piece will make the premiere an evening to remember."
WHAT: Sinfonia Viva
WHERE: Assembly Rooms Derby.
WHEN: March 19, 7.30pm.
TICKETS: Call 01332 255800 or visit www.derbylive.co.uk