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Sinfonia Viva, an orchestra based in Derby, England, has received a grant from Arts Council England to buy an inflatable mobile stage and auditorium that can seat up to 250 people.
The inflatable venue can easily be transported from one location to another and set up by two or three people. The orchestra also plans to purchase lighting and sound equipment, a van to transport the equipment to concert locations, and an industrial storage space in Derby.
Sinfonia Viva currently does not operate its own venue. The orchestra performs at a variety of locations throughout the East Midlands and other areas, which range from large concert halls to community venues.
The orchestra will be able to have its own venue for the first time and take its performances to more communities, including those in rural areas. The new venue will allow the orchestra to perform and to showcase its work with schools and communities. Sinfonia Viva will be able to expand its educational efforts and give more young people the opportunity to work and perform with professional musicians in their communities. The inflatable stage and auditorium will create chances for people who would ordinarily not have an opportunity to experience musical performances.
A local radio presenter is leading a campaign to raise match funding of 30,000 pounds to cover the remainder of the money needed to purchase the inflatable stage and auditorium. The orchestra is seeking grants, business and advertising sponsorships, and donations. The group hopes to have the inflatable venue, van, and storage facility in place by early summer.