The Grammy-nominated East Midlands-based orchestra, Sinfonia Viva, returns to Derby Cathedral next month under the baton of principal conductor Frank Zielhorst for ‘A Little Night Music’ on Wednesday 25th March.

The programme starts with the programme’s inspiration – Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik.

The serenade is one of Mozart’s most enduringly-popular works. Completed in 1787, it was not published until 1827 – long after Mozart’s death – and is now an instantly recognisable piece used widely in television and film scores.

The programme then takes a more contemporary turn with Green by celebrated female composer Thea Musgrave – regarded as ‘a modern master of the orchestra.’

Born in 1928 the Scottish-American composer, has been the recipient of many notable awards including two Guggenheim Fellowships, the Ivors Classical Music Award 2018, and The Queen’s Medal for Music. She was awarded a CBE on the Queen’s New Year’s Honour List in 2002.

‘Green’ is a short work about conflict – expressed through a clashing of opposing musical forces – and simmers with tension and energy.

Finally, the Orchestra will be joined by soprano Fflur Wyn and counter-tenor William Towers for the passionately dramatic Stabat Mater.

The piece will be introduced by the Acting Dean of Derby Cathedral Canon Elizabeth Thomson who will explain its relevance in the approach to Easter as it commemorates the sorrows of the Virgin Mary at the crucifixion.

This is composer Pergolesi’s most celebrated sacred works which he completed in 1736 just before his death from tuberculosis.

Frank Zielhorst said:

“As with all of our programmes, we like to give the audience a menu of delicious courses.

“These three pieces are very different, ranging from the timeless majesty of Mozart to the contemporary genius of Thea Musgrave.

“They all however share the common theme of being passionate and powerful scores and are therefore perfect for the wonderful acoustics of Derby Cathedral.”

Tickets start from £16 and are available online or by telephone from Derby Live on 01332 255800.