On Friday 11 October, we welcomed Sinfonia Viva back to Norfolk, in a performance at Ludham Church.

The 20-piece chamber orchestra performed a beautiful and inspiring programme of music from a diverse range of composers, from Haydn to Fanny Mendelssohn. They wer also joined by local musicians, ‘The Occasional Ceilidh Band’, in a one-off collaboration, performing with the orchestra for the opening of Bartok’s Romanian Folk Dances.

This concert was brought about through a partnership between Norfolk Music Hub, Orchestras Live and North Norfolk District Council, creating opportunities for young people and communities to engage in musical experiences. 60 children from Ludham Primary School attended the orchestra’s stage rehearsal in the afternoon, which followed a music appreciation workshop about the composer Saint-Georges, having explored his music on BBC Ten Pieces.

Both North Norfolk District Council and Norfolk Music Hub have longstanding relationships with Orchestras Live. By collaborating we are extending the Orchestras Live North Norfolk concert programme to include opportunities for young players and audiences. Through this and other similar projects we aim to engender a passion for orchestral music, creating audiences and players for the future.

Ceilidh Band at Ludham Church