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 show 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 The Venue on Friday 20 December 2013, when we hope that as many of these local musicians as possible 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.