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Duncan Ward Sinfonia Viva Premiere

Resounding Vaults WP on 10.01.2014, Derby Cathedral
Duncan Ward begins 2015 by initiating his new relationship with Sinfonia Viva as their Principal Conductor on 10 January in Derby Cathedral. The orchestra has added to the sense of occasion by commissioning Ward to compose a new piece for the orchestra.

‘Resounding Vaults’ has been inspired by the decision to move the Orchestra’s Derby performance home to the Cathedral following the closure of the nearby fire-damaged Assembly Rooms.

Ward says: “Derby Cathedral is a majestic, resonant space with great potential for the antiphonal placement of instrumental groups.

“Ever since playing Gabrieli as a young horn player, I have been enchanted by the musical possibilities such a setting can create. In Gabrieli’s case, brass choirs calling to each other from the opposing balconies of St Mark’s, Venice.

“I therefore leaped at the chance to compose a work showcasing the wind, brass and percussion sections of the Orchestra.

“In ‘Resounding Vaults’ bell-like circling harmonic sonorities are juxtaposed with wilder contrapuntal fantasy for duos and trios within the ensemble. Distant choral-like windows in the texture pave the way for soaring melody echoing around the space.”

For further information and tickets, visit Sinfonia Viva's website.

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