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SÓN to be Orchestra in Association at Turner Sims

SÓN – Southampton’s professional orchestra – is delighted to announce a brand new partnership with one of the UK’s leading concert halls.

Unveiled today as Orchestra in Association at the city’s Turner Sims, the partnership deepens a relationship that stretches back to the orchestra’s launch event only two and a half years ago. In that short space of time, SÓN performances in the hall have flourished, often to a capacity audience, in concerts including their acclaimed Unwrapped series featuring David Owen Norris and Classic FM’s John Suchet, and Beethoven 20:20 cycle with pianist John Lill .

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4th June – Elgar Unwrapped with presenter David Owen Norris and són

4th June – Elgar Unwrapped with presenter David Owen Norris and són

During the first half of the concert David Owen Norris presents excerpts at the keyboard with full orchestra, immersing the listener in all 14 of Elgar’s musical portraits – ‘unwrapping’ the music, its stories, its meaning and presenting all the signposts needed to enjoy the work’s complete performance in the second half.
Meanwhile…looking ahead to June, David Owen Norris and Elgar Unwrapped

Meanwhile…looking ahead to June, David Owen Norris and Elgar Unwrapped

"......són and I are therefore particularly delighted to be sharing the stage with David Owen Norris at Turner Sims, Southampton on 4 June - only 2 days after Elgar's 160th birthday - for "Elgar Unwrapped", where we pull apart both the Enigma Variations and Pomp and Circumstance No. 4, in a new orchestration by George Morton. Sharing the stage with someone as extraordinary as David Owen Norris is always a joy. His energy is contagious, and we bounce ideas off one another all the time. David is one of the UK's great Elgar-specialists, and as we work on this project together, I'm eager to delve into what makes the great composer tick - emotionally, musically, as well as searching for the source of that deep Elgarian melancholy. We're also working on a short film about the project, which includes our discussions about Elgar, the enigma we plan to unwrap, and where our musical journey might lead us."

Spring News

Spring News

A rich vein of Russian repertoire runs through Robin Browning’s concerts this spring, starting with two masterworks: Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances and Shostakovich Symphony No 5 with the de Havilland Philharmonic Orchestra:

7 February 2016 at 7.30pm – de Havilland Philharmonic Orchestra
Weston Auditorium, de Havilland Campus,  University of Hertfordshire AL10 9EU T:+44 (0) 1707 281127 Read more

Seeing is believing… film of són launch concert

Seeing is believing… film of són launch concert

Yes... a new professional orchestra for Southampton, created from scratch by Robin Browning and his team - and just listen to the quality! We hope you enjoy this short film which documents the orchestra's inaugural concert at Turner Sims at the end of 2015.