A rare opportunity to experience the world première of a brand new piece of choral and orchestral music. The newly commissioned Thy flight be fleet: Trainsongs! is written for full choir with a children’s chorus and orchestral accompaniment. The piece is themed on a railway journey, so where better to perform the première than Derby’s prestigious Roundhouse.
The work combines conventional musical styles with more contemporary techniques such as spoken effects, orchestral glissandi and an array of percussion instruments. A variety of texts about rail travel are used from Robert Louis Stevenson, James Joyce, Emily Dickenson, James Thompson and Edna St Vincent Millay.
The concert is a celebration of English music and completes our celebratory 150th season. The Music Makers is one of Elgar’s most popular works, full of memorable tunes and harmonies. Parry’s I was Glad is a familiar piece made all the more impressive with a full symphony orchestra. We include Britten’s Psalm 150 not only for its coincidental name but also the fact it is a celebration of music.
Finally we are delighted to be joined by William Gilbert Primary School for a selection of choral works for children.
Accompanied children under 16 permitted free entry in the £15 seating area. Half price for students after 7:15pm in the £15 seating area.
Tickets available online, by calling our ticket line on 01332 702 162, from Foulds or at the door. Due to anticipated demand we highly recommend buying your ticket in advance to avoid disappointment.
Limited free parking is available for ticket holders on-site at the front car park (Car Park 1, next to the train station drop-off point). You must produce your pre-purchased ticket to access free parking. Other parking is available on Pride Park or nearby. The bridge over the train station may be used by concert-goers on the night.
Doors open at 6:45pm for a 7:30pm start. A bar serving cold soft drinks, beer and wine will be available before the concert, during the interval and after the concert, with last orders at 10:40pm. The concert itself is due to finish between 9:30pm and 9:45pm.