​The Hannells Darley Park Concert - Derby Days Out Blog
4th May 2017

The Hannells Darley Park Concert

Derby City Council is pleased to announce that Hannells will be the headline sponsor for this year’s Darley Park Concert. The Concert will be taking place on Sunday 3 September in the stunning natural amphitheatre of Darley Park.

The new deal with Hannells Estates Agents will mean that Derby LIVE can offer a reduced early bird ticket offer of £2.50 with under 16s able to access free tickets. The much loved concert will return this year after a year’s break and, in addition to Hannells as the headline sponsor, will also be supported by Flint Bishop Solicitors, HUUB, Mortgage Advice Bureau, PKF Cooper Parry, Specsavers and Stratstone BMW Derby.

This new partnership marks a big step forward in securing the long term future of the Concert. It is a part of the Council’s 50 Pledges to take Derby forwards and a new approach to funding cultural events. So far it has seen success by delivering the Cathedral Quarter 3aaa Christmas Ice Rink on a multi-year deal.

Paul Robinson, Chief Executive of Derby City Council, said: “Last month Derby City Council pledged to deliver a programme of affordable events, including The Darley Park Concert and St George’s Day. We are very pleased that by working with Hannells Estate Agents and our other supporters that we are delivering on this pledge.”

Michael Brain, Managing Director of Hannells, said: “Hannells are delighted to be able to be involved this year, in bringing back The Hannells Darley Park Concert. The concert has been one of the most popular cultural events in the calendar for over 20 years, and all our co-sponsors, Flint Bishop Solicitors, HUUB, Mortgage Advice Bureau, PKF Cooper Parry, Specsavers and Stratstone BMW Derby all had no hesitation in coming forward and sponsoring this event alongside Hannells. We are all Derby-based companies and all share the same ethos of giving back to the communities we serve and live in. This year is the 40th anniversary of Derby becoming a city, and we are excited at being able to be bringing this event back to the people of Derby. Our involvement has meant that we are now able to offer a low entrance fee for those attending and because of the celebrations of this our 40th year as a city, I’m sure the event will be even more spectacular than ever before.

“Myself and Alison Brain from Hannells and all the other sponsors, feel it is the right time to bring this event back. We hope that we can be involved with this event for future years to come.”

Hannells is one of Derby’s most recognisable “home-grown” brands with core values of customer service and innovation. They have an extensive network of Derby branches, strategically placed throughout the Derby suburbs allowing them to provide a great level of service and local knowledge. Their mission is to get the best price possible, in the shortest time with the least amount of stress.

As in previous years Derby favourites, Sinfonia Viva, the Orchestra of the East Midlands, who are supported by Rolls-Royce will be performing at the concert. Concert-goers will have the chance to be involved in helping to choose some of the pieces that feature within the programme this year. Derby LIVE and Sinfonia Viva are running an online vote to enable the public to choose their favourite piece of music from past concerts to be performed at this year’s concert, chosen from a shortlist of 10. The top three will then form part of the programme. Members of the public can vote until 5pm on Friday 12 May at www.derbylive.co.uk/darleyvote (Listen to the choices before voting using the links below.)

Peter Helps, Chief Executive of Sinfonia Viva said “We’re delighted to be returning home to Darley Park and are looking forward to working with all of our partners on this newly invigorated event.”

The Hannells Darley Park Concert supported by Flint Bishop Solicitors, HUUB, Mortgage Advice Bureau, PKF Cooper Parry, Specsavers and Stratstone BMW Derby will take place at Darley Park on Sunday 3 September from 6pm, with gates open from 2pm. Early bird tickets are available to book before the day of the concert and are priced at £2.50. Tickets bought on Sunday 3 September will be priced at £5. Under 16s are free, but do require a ticket.

With tickets now on sale from today it is never too early to book for this fantastic evening of classical music and fireworks. Tickets can be purchased from 01332 255800, online at www.derbylive.co.uk, or be booked in person at the Sales and Information Centre, Assembly Rooms, Market Place, Derby.

The shortlist for voting is below, along with links to the music so you can listen before casting your vote.

Steiner: Lara’s theme - Gone with the Wind (2008)

In 2008 we celebrated 1908. David Lean, Director of Doctor Zhivago was born in 1908.


Glinka: Russlan and Ludmilla Overture (2015)

In 2015 we celebrated couples made famous in music.


Dvorak: Slavonic Dance Op.46 No.8 (2014)

2014 marked the 175th anniversary of the train industry in Derby. Dvorak was a great train spotter!


Coates: Knightsbridge March (In town tonight Theme) (2007)

There was an English theme threaded through the programme in 2007. Eric Coates is a local composer born in Hucknall.


Botsford: Black and White Rag (Pot Black Theme) (2010)

2010 was the year we marked several local celebrities from the years gone by. Joe Davis, World Champion snooker player many times over, was born in the mining village of Whitwell in Derbyshire on April 15th 1901.


Strauss: Thunder and Lightning Polka (1993)

To be honest we don’t think we had a theme for this year. This is just a piece we all love!


Walton: Spitfire Prelude & Fugue (2008)

Another centenary celebration link. 1908 was when Rolls-Royce opened its factory in the City. Of course the famous Merlin engine that powered the Spitfire was made here in Derby.


Gershwin: Strike Up the Band - Overture (2012)

The Olympic year saw a theme of celebration. Love conquers all in this comedy about a cheese war with Switzerland!

https://open.spotify.com/track/4mfTYV03lxepvcqPFoDIFB (sign in or create a free account to listen to this track)

Prokofiev: Montagues and Capulets from Romeo and Juliet (2015)

Another famous couple from our musical couples theme of 2015.


Goodwin: 633 Squadron (2006)

Celebrating Derby we included Rolls-Royce and the company’s famous Merlin engine.The RAF did not form a unit called "633 Squadron" during the Second World War. However, there was a 613 Squadron, equipped with Mosquito aircraft.


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