20th December 2013, 8:00pm
Ebrington Pavillion, Derry
The Relief of Derry Symphony was commissioned by Derry City Council to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the Siege
of Derry in 1689. It received its first performance in Derry’s Guildhall in 1990, with many local musicians taking part. These included Gerard McChrystal (saxophone), William West (organ), Colmcille Pipe Band led by Brian Hasson, St
Mary’s Concert Band led by Paul McCann and offstage trumpets from Brittania Band led by Robert Goodman.
The reaction of the local media of the time showed what an impact the piece had – “The most important musical occasion
of the year happened last night with the premiere of Shaun Davey’s Relief of Derry Symphony… which fully merited the
spontaneous standing ovation from the capacity audience.”
This excitement will be recreated in the Ebrington Pavillion on Friday 20 December 2013, when many of these local musicians will once again combine with the Ulster Orchestra to give what is guaranteed to be one of the outstanding performances of the year in a piece that has come to be known as The Symphony of Peace.
‘The last performance was in Chicago Symphony Hall. It will be good to hear the music in its home city again.’ Shaun Daveyback