SÓN is Southampton’s professional orchestra, bringing top quality orchestral music, life-changing education projects and an inspiring outreach programme to everyone. Scroll down to read about our concerts, hear us live on stage, watch our films and learn more about how you can support our activities.
The 2018–19 Season brings some musical legends to Turner Sims to share the stage with our wonderful musicians, including Honorary Patron John Lill – continuing our Beethoven 20:20 cycle together on 2nd Feb – and another Turner Sims Associate, violist Lawrence Power, with whom we launch our season this autumn.
We’re also dramatically expanding our outreach and education programme, forming new partnerships with organisations across the south, developing new musical projects with children in special needs settings, and collaborating with physicists and marine biologists who’ll work alongside our musicians and workshop leaders to inspire youngsters everywhere with live music.
2018 brought our first series of SÓNic Interventions – four summer performance events at John Hansard Gallery in their brand-new city-centre space. As the current season unfolds, we’ll announce details of the next four performances, running throughout the season until summer 2019 – each in response to a particular artist, exhibition or installation – and sure to offer an eclectic mix of old and new in a breathtaking new setting.
Watch this space and subscribe to our eNews to be the first to know. These are exciting times for SÓN!
We believe that great music and inspiring musicians really can change lives. It’s our mission to show the world how incredible great music can be, no matter where it’s from. The breathtaking dedication of our musicians and team of educators can have a deep impact on anyone’s life, regardless of age, outlook or experience. Music has the power to move and to bring change, and at SÓN we want to help make that happen.
Find out more about the great music we’re performing near you. Click below for more about our vibrant concert series at Turner Sims – including the Beethoven 20:20 cycle with John Lill and our ever-popular Unwrapped series presented by David Owen Norris.
You can also find out about SÓNic Interventions – a brand new series specially curated in response to some of the world’s greatest contemporary art, part of this summer’s ARTIST ROOMS: Gerhard Richter exhibition at John Hansard Gallery – and explore our inspiring education and outreach programmes.
SÓN – Your Orchestra for your city
SÓN is a versatile & virtuosic chamber orchestra, based in the city of Southampton, UK. Born in 2015, we have quickly established ourselves on the UK concert scene, as well as contributing to the city’s much-heralded cultural renewal. We’ve successfully captured the public’s imagination with sell-out concerts, collaborations with world-class soloists, and a flair for innovative programming.
SÓN Education – Changing young lives one note at a time
In only 3 years, SÓN has impacted the lives of hundred of youngsters across the city through education projects. Whether as part of Supersónic (our early-grades youth orchestra), the iPad Concerto – in collaboration with our partners, Southampton Music Hub, or during our workshop events at Cedar Special School, we believe no child should be denied a musical experience and education, whatever their circumstances.
Support our work and help us bring music to all
Are you a supporter of the arts? Would you like to contribute to one of the UK’s newest professional arts organisations, one that works intensively with audiences and young musicians in areas local to you? Help us grow our following, get our message out there, develop extraordinary talent and bring music to more people than ever before. Whatever your circumstances, SÓN have a support package for you.
What a stunning orchestra SÓN are – they play with passion and commitment
John Suchet, Classic FM
Fresh, vital playing from such fine players
With quality in presentation and performance, SÓN bring a new energy to music in the city and beyond
Kevin Appleby, Manager –Turner Sims