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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John Lill

Robin Browning and SÓN are honoured to welcome one of the world’s most celebrated pianists, John Lill, to perform Beethoven’s 3rd Piano Concerto on Sunday 28th Jan 2018 at 7:30 pm.

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S Ó N p r e s e n t s ‘Tchaikovsky Unwrapped’ on Saturday 30th September at Turner Sims in Southampton

Robin Browning

Join conductor and founder of the professional orchestra són, Robin Browning and David Owen Norris – the presenter of són’s highly successful Sibelius Unwrapped concert last year – for Elgar Unwrapped on the 4th June at Turner Sims and be taken on a journey through Edward Elgar’s touching and inspiring Enigma Variations.

Joined once again by David Owen Norris in the Turner Sims Concert Hall, University of Southampton, són – the professional orchestra founded by Robin Browning – take the listener on a journey through one of music’s most touching and inspiring landscapes: Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations. During the first half of this concert at 3.00pm on Sunday 4 June David Owen Norris presents excerpts at the keyboard and 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.

Praised as an “expert musician & conductor” by Sir Charles Mackerras, Robin Browning is a passionate advocate for music and for the arts in general. Here he looks a little further forward, to the range of repertoire he will be conducting with three contrasting orchestras in the months that follow “són at Romsey Abbey” with Lucy Knight on 18th March, the de Havilland Philharmonic’s Spring Celebrations” with Timothy Orpen on 19th March, “Max Richter: 4 Seasons Recomposed” with Thomas Gould on 28th April

Robin Browning is looking forward to a diverse set of concerts in the Spring, and is enjoying the results of his repertoire planning, an integral part of his work as a conductor.

Robin Browning

As reported in The Oxford Student by James Chater recently:

On Saturday 21st May 2016, Robin Browning will conduct the Oxford University Orchestra (OUO) in Debussy’s masterpiece La Mer and Bruckner’s  Symphony no.7 in E Major at the Sheldonian Theatre. Robin is an established conductor, performer and music-educator. Praised as an “expert musician and conductor” by Sir Charles Mackerras, he is a passionate advocate for music and for the arts in general.

In the interview, Robin speaks to OxStu about working with OUO, the repertoire they will perform, and his admiration of Bruckner.

This the first time that you’ve conducted OUO; are you excited about the prospect of working with the orchestra and in Oxford?

On Saturday 21st May 2016, at 8pm, Robin Browning conducts the outstanding Oxford University Orchestra (OUO) in Debussy’s symphonic masterpiece La Mer and Bruckner’s best known and loved Symphony no.7 in E Major.

Following the orchestra’s sell-out and rapturously received launch, són’s next adventure features Classic FM presenter and author John Suchet, who will “unwrap” Beethoven’s most important symphony, the Eroica.

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

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.

són, Browning’s new professional orchestra which launches at Turner Sims in Southampton this Sunday with ‘Sibelius Unwrapped’, has been granted permission by the family of Jean Sibelius to give the UK premiere of an early Sibelius work.

As part of their introduction to Sibelius’ music, són will perform the still-unpublished first version of the Impromptu for Strings, Sibelius’ orchestration of the Piano Impromptu Op. 5.

Robin Browning is the Artistic Director of són – a brand new professional chamber orchestra, based in the City of Southampton in the south of the UK. Here, in conversation with broadcaster Piers Burton-Page, he talks about “Sibelius Unwrapped”, són’s celebratory launch concert at Turner Sims on 29th November at 3pm.

Robin Browning
On Sunday 4 October, the de Havilland Philharmonic Orchestra opens the new season with performances of magnificent German nineteenth century repertoire. They welcome back Guy Johnston, to perform Schumann’s virtuosic Cello Concerto, and the full programme will be:

Southampton is to have its first fully professional orchestra: són.

At the beginning of next month Robin is delighted to be heading to St Peter’s School in Dorset for a day to celebrate music education.

Robin is currently regularly involved with five different orchestras across the country, his latest appointment being Musical Director of the Havant Chamber Orchestra. Over the weekend he travelled to Saffron Walden to continue in his capacity as conductor and musical director of the Essex Youth Orchestra, this time performing in the incredible new Saffron Hall.

Robin is absolutely delighted to have been named Music Director of the Havant Chamber Orchestra. An orchestra combining professionals and highly trained amateurs

Over the weekend Robin had the immense pleasure of conducting the Southampton University Symphony Orchestra in two performances. He was joined by Assistant Conductor Joe Beckhelling, who opened each evening with the Overture to Hansel & Gretel by Humperdinck. Robin followed with a programme that included Bruch’s first Violin Concerto and Mahler’s 6th Symphony.

Each season, the de Havilland Philharmonic, James Mayhew and Robin Browning present a sell-out Family Concert, with a new theme each year.

Robin Browning

No… not yet another wonderful compliment on Robin’s conducting, but this time on his new website!

Messrs Mayhew and Browning in action with the de Havilland Phil!

Robin and the de Havilland Philharmonic recently presented “Heroes and Villains” with illustrator and writer James Mayhew in two sell-out family concerts.

We are delighted to be able to announce that the acclaimed conductor Robin Browning will be represented worldwide by Tashmina Artists.