SÓN – Southampton’s professional orchestra – are 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 .

The orchestra’s debut season as Orchestra in Association begins on October 6th, where they explore Vaughan Williams in The  Lark Ascending Unwrapped, uniting SÓN with Turner Sims’ other new associate artist: violist Lawrence Power. Power performs one of the nation’s favourite pieces of classical music – The Lark Ascending – as a violinist, alongside the lesser-known Flos Campi on viola. Priority booking opens on 29th May via the Turner Sims website.

SÓN also welcome back their honorary patron, John Lill, following the recent sell-out triumph of their Beethoven 3rd concerto, as they perform the 4th concerto together early next year with Lill on the hall’s renowned Steinway grand piano. The concert marks a continuation of their Beethoven 20:20 cycle, with further details announced soon.

Conductor Robin Browning, SÓN Founder and Artistic Director, spoke about the new association: “I’m both humbled and excited about our association with Turner Sims. It’s especially gratifying – knowing how hard SÓN has worked in recent seasons to establish itself as a serious force in the UK professional orchestral scene – to now receive such recognition of our quality, style of performance and impact. Through this fabulous new partnership we’re looking forward to reaching new audiences across the region, expanding our education and outreach programmes, and sharing music with more people than ever.”

Before they officially begin their association with Turner Sims, this summer the orchestra brings a series of musical explorations to the city centre’s brand new John Hansard Gallery – each one in response to the current ARTIST ROOMS: Gerhard Richter exhibition. The four SÓNic Interventions include newly commissioned works, performances from singers to solo violinists to troupes of MacBooks, all combining a fascinating use of space with sound, in direct reaction to Richter’s artwork. Events are fortnightly from June 29th.