The Hannells Darley Park Concert is the highlight of an amazing 2021 August Bank Holiday weekend of events
After a year of disruption to live events, Derby’s famous Hannells Darley Park Concert returns on Sun 29 Aug and for the first time, it will be the highlight of a Bank Holiday weekend of outdoor family entertainment.
Kickstarting the weekend on Fri 27 Aug is Classic Ibiza, a celebration of the sounds of the Balearics for all the family. Then on Sat 28 Aug Darley Park’s natural amphitheater becomes an outdoor cinema for screenings of Frozen 2 and Sing-a-long-a The Greatest Showman. All events will be run in line with the guidelines in place for live outdoor entertainment following the COVID pandemic.
Classical music and fireworks return on Sun 29 Aug as this year’s Hannells Darley Park Concert celebrates 300 years of Derby’s Silk Mill – the world’s first factory – as it prepares to re-open as the Museum of Making. There will also be a special tribute to the NHS & Key workers as part of the programme. The event is sponsored by Hannells Estate Agents, Flint Bishop Solicitors, HUUB, Mortgage Advice Bureau, Stratstone BMW and MINI Derby and WDS.
The Hannells Darley Park Concert is one of the UK’s biggest outdoor classical concerts, and one of Derby’s favourite summer events. Presented by Derby LIVE, Grammy-nominated and RPS award-winning orchestra Sinfonia Viva, supported by Rolls-Royce will perform innovative and historically important music inspired by the theme of engineering, science and technology, ending with a spectacular firework finale.
Marianne Barraclough - Deputy Chief Executive, said: “Sinfonia Viva are very excited to be returning to Darley Park for another show stopping year at this celebrated event. We will be performing well known classics, beautiful stirring numbers and quirky pieces that might take you by surprise. 2021’s theme is built around the exciting reopening of Derby Silk Mill and the celebration of Derby’s 300-year history of technological innovation. Expect fireworks both musical and literal this year, as the orchestra returns in inspired form.”
After a very successful collaboration over the last two years the concert has once again joined forces with BBC Radio Derby. This year some of Derby’s favourite radio presenters will be taking to the stage, hosting the Concert and entertaining the crowds.
Once again, The Hannells Darley Park Concert is supported by local businesses which have the city at their heart. These are: Hannells, the family-run, award-winning estate agents; UK top 200 law firm Flint Bishop Solicitors; HUUB, specialists in performance wetsuits and apparel as worn by Olympic medallists; Stratstone BMW and MINI, Derby, part of the UK’s leading luxury automotive retailer; and WDS, suppliers of managed print services and document management solutions to businesses for 16 years.
Tickets are on sale now for just £4 for adults and £1 for under 16s when you book before 31 July. After this, tickets will cost £6 for adults and £3.50 for under 16s when booked in advance. On the day, tickets will cost from £8.50 for adults and £3.50 for under 16s. So a family of 2 adults and 2 children under 16 can make huge savings by booking early. For more details, see derbylive.co.uk.
Join the Classic Ibiza party on Fri 27 Aug as the Urban Soul Orchestra, DJ Goldierocks and a host of critically acclaimed vocalists bring a heady blend of Balearic beats to life in the beautiful grounds of Darley Park. All the family are guaranteed a night to remember. Gates open at 4pm with a warm-up DJ at 6pm, the first Sundowner set at 7.45pm, and a second Dance set with lasers at 9.15pm. Tickets are priced from £41 to £52 with under 16s tickets priced £22 to £27 and under 5s going free.
The heady sounds of Ibiza give way to fun family films on Sat 28 Aug. In Frozen 2 (U), follow the continuing adventures of sisters Anna and Elsa, and their friends Kristoff, Olaf and Sven, as Elsa faces a dangerous but remarkable journey. Gates open at 12 noon with the film starting at 1.45pm. Tickets are £14, and free for the under 2s with customers able to save up to £12 on a family ticket.
Look out ‘cause here it comes… from the producers of Sing-a-long-a Sound of Music and Sing-a-long-a GREASE, comes the smash hit film The Greatest Showman (PG), with lyrics on screen that everyone can’t stop singing. Cheer on Hugh Jackman, lust after Zac Efron, and sing your heart out with our live host who will teach you some dance moves and show you how to use your free props bag. Please note this is a screening of the film, not a live stage show. Gates open at 4pm with a pre-show warm up at 5pm. The film starts at 5.30pm. Tickets cost £18 for adults and £16 for under 16s with under 2s going free.
Book tickets for all events online at derbylive.co.uk or call the Sales and Information Centre on 01332 255800. You can also book and save with the Derby LIVE LIVEsaver ticket deal – book all 4 and save £20%, book 3 and save 15% or 2 and save 10%.This great offer can also be booked alongside your tickets for Pantomime Sleeping Beauty.
Derby Libraries’ Rhymetimes are back in a new format. The popular nursery rhyme sessions for pre-school children and their parents and carers are back as a series of online videos, created by Derby Theatre, to watch and follow at home.
Until the pandemic, Rhymetimes were popular events in Derby’s libraries, but have been unable to continue while restrictions remain in place. Because reading to children and sharing rhymes is so important to children’s language development, Derby Libraries approached the theatre to create professional and engaging online Rhymetimes.
Seven videos, each featuring three rhymes and songs, have been filmed against the stunning backdrop of The Little Mermaid, the theatre’s recent Christmas show which was shown online.
They can be viewed on the Rhymetimes page on the Derby Libraries website, and on the InDerby YouTube channel.
From Wind the Bobbin Up to A Sailor Went to Sea Sea Sea, and Twinkle Twinkle to Old Macdonald, babies and toddlers will love joining in with infectious rhymes, fun sounds and lively actions, performed by Ivan Stott and April Nerissa Hudson.
Each of the seven videos feature three engaging and well-known rhymes, complete with open captions. They also include an inspirational quote from a renowned author, to encourage parents and carers to help their children enjoy stories and reading from an early age, and a snippet of information about library services and what’s on offer for families.
As well as being a fun activity for young children to share with their parents or carers, reading to children and singing rhymes with them immediately improves their life chances. The Book Trust, provider of the national Bookstart Scheme, says: “Repetition of rhymes and singing supports language and literacy development. Children will take comfort from rhymes when they are repeated and become familiar. Through rhymes, children naturally learn essential skills for communicating, such as turn-taking and joining in.”
Derby Libraries now plans to seek funding, in partnership with Derby Theatre, to create more online content for children.
Quote: “Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” - Emilie Buchwald
Hickory Dickory Dock
Little Miss Muffet
Wind the Bobbin Up
Quote: “There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates loot on Treasure Island.” - Walt Disney
My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean
Row Row Row your Boat
A Sailor Went to Sea Sea Sea
Quote: “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.” - Dr Seuss: I Can Read with my Eyes Shut!
These are Grandma’s Glasses
Quote: “When I say to a parent, ‘read to a child,’ I don’t want it to sound like medicine. I want it to sound like chocolate.” - Mem Fox
Five Currant Buns
Pat a Cake
The Queen of Hearts
Jelly on the Plate
Quote: “If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.’’- J K Rowling
Five Little Monkeys
Ring a Ring o’ Roses
Teddy Teddy Bear
Quote: “A book is a dream that you hold in your hand.” - Neil Gaiman
See the Little Rabbit Sleeping
Quote: “Books and doors are the same thing. You open them, and you go through into another world.” – Jeanette Winterson
Dingle Dangle Scarecrow
Grand Old Duke of York
If You’re Happy and You Know It