Who we are

són is a professional chamber orchestra – a versatile newcomer to the UK stage: passionate, virtuosic and flexible. Made up of some of the country’s finest orchestral, chamber and solo players, són is generating a real buzz amongst concert-goers and the UK’s orchestral community. són have established themselves in only a few short months, and are selling out concert halls and developing a dedicated following across the South.

Over two-thirds of the players come from Hampshire and neighbouring counties, with many performing regularly in London, on the continent and across the globe. The orchestra is managed by an artistic team dedicated to musical excellence, coupled with daring innovation and ambitions to further the orchestra’s future on the wider stage. Aided by a select team of advisors, són consistently strive for artistic excellence underpinned by management stringency and attention to detail.

Read on to find out more about the whole team – whether those you see and hear on stage, or those behind the scenes, building the orchestra’s educational projects and developing our vital support and sponsorship network.

són artistic management

Robin Browning
Artistic Director

Robin is an established conductor, music-educator and performer. Praised as an “expert musician & conductor” by Sir Charles Mackerras, Robin is a passionate advocate for music and for the arts in general. He has conducted, amongst others, the Hallé, Northern Sinfonia and Royal Philharmonic, whilst his conducting work abroad has taken him from the St Petersburg Festival Orchestra to the Boise Philharmonic.

He recently assisted Sakari Oramo for the UK premiere of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Violin Concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and has collaborated with soloists including John Lill, Craig Ogden and Jack Liebeck. Robin has released four studio recordings, including many first performances. Also an inspirational teacher, he has nurtured the careers of many successful conductors, and runs the highly-regarded conducting course at the University of Southampton.

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Anca Campanie
Associate Director

Anca is a classical violinist with considerable experience on the concert stage – as a concerto soloist, in recital halls and orchestra alike. She is an experienced leader, ensemble coach and workshop tutor. Anca runs a busy teaching studio, with students of all ages and abilities, in addition to directing a youth string ensemble. She trained at the Yehudi Menuhin Academy in Switzerland, the Salzburg Mozarteum, and completed a Master’s degree in performance at the Royal College of Music.

Victoria Sayles
Orchestra leader

Victoria’s biography will be available to read here soon. In the meantime, please click on the button below to learn more about her international performances and career in greater detail

Tess Kullander (left) in conversation with conductor Robin Browning and leader Victoria Sayles

Tess Kullander
Orchestral Manager & Administrator

Formally trained as a musician and graduating with a first-class degree in Music, Commercial Composition & Technology in 2008, Tess has since pursued a career as a composer, author and arts administrator. She is passionately dedicated to the advancement of musical expression and education, as well as the development of cross-culture collaboration between artists from around the globe.

són orchestral personnel

són on stage at Turner Sims during their launch concert “Sibelius Unwrapped”
29 November 2015

són orchestral musicians

The list below is current as on 29 November 2015, laid out in seating order, including section principals as standard.

Violin 1

Victoria Sayles *
Charlotte Edwards §

John Dickinson **
Kirstie Robertson

Cathy Mathews
Tom Horn

Kanon Mayashita ¶
Avril Freemantle

Violin 2

Helen Purchase §§
Anca Campanie

Vicky Berry
Elizabeth Peller

Brian Howells
Christa Porter

Viola

Sophie Renshaw
Francis Gallagher

Diana Mathews
Malcolm Porter

Cello

Lionel Handy
Austen Scully

Rachel Sanders-Hewett
Nicola Heinrich

Double Bass

Mark Frampton
Adrian Osman

Flute

Pasha Mansurov

Oboe & Cor Anglais

Andrew Knights

Clarinet

Dani Broncano
Rob Blanken

Bassoon

Emma Selby
Rebecca Carey ¶

Horn

Richard Berry
Simon de Souza

Timpani & Percussion

Stephen Burke

* chair sponsored by Barrie Browning
** chair sponsored by Kathy Lambert
§ chair sponsored by Peter Stone
§§ chair sponsored by Bernard Wawman

¶ denotes a member of the són masterclass scheme – shaping the young professionals of tomorrow

Subsequent orchestra list and personnel subject to change

són advisory team

són benefit from the guidance of a team of artistic and business leaders as advisors and consultants. We are indebted to each of them for their time, wisdom, bountiful advice and meticulous attention to detail during all stages of our work.

As we become more established, our team will grow too. són is an ambitious arts organisation striving for the highest quality, both on stage and in our associated work – from education projects and workshops to fundraising, media, web design and print media. If you think you could contribute to our work, please get in touch here – we would love to hear from you. Thank you!

James Mayhew
Artistic Advisor

James is a well-known artist, author and presenter. Passionate about art and classical music, he has been performing on stage with symphony orchestras for over a decade, in addition to running workshops and events with youngsters all over the UK and abroad involving a dynamic tie-up of music, art, literature, and story-telling.

The són team following the launch concert  “Sibelius Unwrapped”
(L to R) Paul Ingram, Anca Campanie, Tess Kullander, Robin Browning , Paul Fitzpatrick

Paul Ingram
Business & Sponsorship Consultant

Paul Ingram exhibits an ideal combination of skills to advise and support the són project: in addition to conducting two established orchestras, Paul is a successful businessman with a proven track-record in personnel, training and development. He is deeply committed to the arts and culture in Hampshire, and the UK as a whole.

Paul Fitzpatrick
Design & Media Consultant

Co-owner of an established Events-management and signage company, Paul initially studied for a music degree, followed by a period in management consultancy for Accenture. Being an experienced orchestral manager, business leader and advisor, Paul is ideally positioned to guide the són team towards, and beyond, their season of launch events.

són internship scheme

We are actively building close connections with schools and universities across the region. As a pivotal part of this, són offer an internship scheme, providing crucial experience in professional arts management, administration and organisation. Since our launch, the scheme has established itself with interns from the University of Southampton and various schools in Hampshire.

The són Internship Scheme offers a serious taste of the world of professional arts management to those with quick wits and a passion for music and hard work. If you’d like to develop your skills on the classical stage, and are interested in interning with one of the most exciting new ensembles in the country, please email us here – telling us why you’re drawn to són and why you’d like to work alongside us. We look forward to hearing from you!

Associate Director Anca Campanie (left) with intern Daisy Stephens

Harry Matthews
Digital Media Intern

Fiona Butterworth
Marketing Intern

Emily Sefton-Smith
Orchestral Intern

Daisy Stephens
General Intern