Participation, creativity and engagement are at the heart of Sinfonia Viva’s ethos.

Publicly recognised for its work with young people and adults, Viva works alongside a wide range of partners on bespoke creative music and performance opportunities for groups around the UK, and is dedicated to both the artistic and social impact of its education offer. We pride ourselves in our ability to work with participants from all backgrounds and abilities to create unique musical experiences, giving them the opportunity to work alongside professional musicians, composers and artists to produce work that they take genuine ownership of. Whether that’s performances by SEN schools at professional venues across the East Midlands, our ‘Sing Viva’ carers choir performing at the Darley Park concert, or one-to-one sensory room sessions, our focus is always on providing a creative opportunity for our participants.

Sinfonia Viva is committed to creating an environment within which every person can achieve and progress, developing both artistically and as individuals.

Professional and personal development is at the heart of our ethos, for all participants, teachers, musicians, composers and workshop leaders. By providing in-depth planning and training sessions before every project, teachers, facilitators and staff members are able to develop their own artistic and leadership skills, and to take these beyond the life of the project.


Sinfonia Viva can also offer a wealth of project management, development, and fundraising experience within its management team, and can provide the expertise and support to make your education and development goals a reality.

Sinfonia Viva has been an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation for the last seven years, and also enjoys long standing relationships with Orchestras Live, many local authorities and cultural partners across the country, including the East Midlands Bridge Organisation, ‘The Mighty Creatives’ and the Derby Cultural Education Partnership, ‘Cultural Campus’. Viva’s approach is truly collaborative, drawing on our expertise and networks to allow you to achieve the education project you want. 

The importance of this creative approach has been highlighted in academic studies of our work.  In 2018, our Creative Journeys project, working with care home residents in Essex, was the focus of a research paper from Anglia Ruskin University, which highlighted the positive benefit of creative music to residents’ wellbeing and social interactions.  In 2013, a report was written by Professor Anton Franks, from The University of Nottingham, who worked closely with Sinfonia Viva during our MOON project with schools across Derbyshire, led by composers Anna Meredith, Jack Ross and James Redwood. You can read and download Dr. Franks’ report here.

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