ViVA was founded in 1982 and, as a national Orchestra based in the East Midlands, provides classical concerts and outreach activities that make live orchestral music accessible to all.
ViVA has gained national recognition for its integrated approach to concert giving, outreach and audience development, performing in a wide range of venues, from established concert halls to leisure centres. The Orchestra participates regularly in the main concert series of the region and has a busy schedule of outdoor summer concerts. Smaller chamber groups from within the
Orchestra provide access to classical music for many communities in more rural areas. ViVA runs an innovative and diverse education and outreach programme, with new works often being ‘devised’ by local people working with specialist composers and ViVA musicians.
ViVA is first and foremost a classical chamber orchestra that has evolved into a music-making company of quality, diversity and energy with four distinct strands of activity:
sinfonia ViVA: performing music from over four hundred years as well as newly commissioned works for chamber orchestra.
chamber ViVA: music-making in combinations from duos to octets.
education ViVA: working in, with and for the community.
work ViVA: addressing management and training issues in the workplace through music.
ViVA has toured to Dublin and Ireland (including performing as part of the Cork 2005: European Capital of Culture programme), broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and been part of a project for Granada
Television. André de Ridder was appointed Principal Conductor in 2007 and led the Orchestra in its major Beethoven in New York season in autumn 2008 which included many world and UK premieres. In 2009 André de Ridder and ViVA are embarking on a major Mendelssohn project to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the composer’s birth. In addition, ViVA will make its London debut as part of an Indian music festival in London’s Kings Place, building on its partnership with top Indian classical violinist Kala Ramnath.