són circle and founding patrons scheme announced by new Southampton Orchestra


Two new support schemes were unveiled today by the country’s newest professional orchestra, són. Launching later this year in Turner Sims hall, Southampton, són are ambitious about their future – both in the short and long term.

“We have big, bold plans to bring fantastic music, brilliantly played, to new audiences across the south” says Artistic Director, Robin Browning. “And, whilst we’re certainly intent on selling every seat for our concerts, nonetheless we still depend on the kind support of individuals, as well as sponsorship from businesses, to keep up the momentum as we grow and develop.”

This investment in the arts, and in classical music in particular, is crucial to an organisation like són as they forge their way forwards. “The cost of running an outfit such as this is enormous,” Robin continues. “Not just personnel costs, but of advertising, marketing, hiring music, design and printing – it all mounts up, and ticket sales don’t cover it all. Plus there’s the need, especially in such a media-driven age as today, for high quality photos and upmarket film footage – both of which we’ve commissioned for our launch event later this year.”

With all this in mind, són have launched two supplementary support strands: the són Circle – for individual and joint benefactors; and the Founding Partner scheme – for organisations and businesses wishing to show their support for són from the very  beginning. Each strand has various levels of support available, and individuals – or companies – can choose to adapt things to their needs in consultation with the orchestra. Robin concludes:

“We’re already attracting a lot of interest in both areas. If you, or your company, wishes to support us – at any level – please get in touch. Your engagement, through us, will keep the arts in and around Southampton buoyant for the foreseeable future.”

Contact the són Support Team by emailing here