After a stunning debut year – with consistent sell-out concerts at Southampton’s Turner Sims, collaborations with David Owen Norris, John Suchet and James Mayhew, and a new partnership with the city’s music education hub – són have just embarked on their second season together. Under founder-conductor and artistic director Robin Browning, the UK’s newest professional orchestra continue their passion for quality performances, eclectic programming, breaking down audience barriers and presenting the best music, no matter what genre, in an inspiring way.
Under the banner Reimagined, Recomposed – a central theme for their 2016-17 season – són present concerts in both Turner Sims concert hall as well as making their debut in the breathtaking acoustics of Romsey Abbey, one of Hampshire’s architectural treasures. Their Reimagined, Recomposed mini-series brings together, across three concerts, all manner of works which have been reworked by composers and arrangers long after the original composition.
8 Seasons – the fascinating juxtaposition of 4 Seasons by Vivaldi with the lesser-known 4 Seasons of Buenos Aires by Piazzolla – opens the són second season in Turner Sims on Sat 22nd October, featuring charismatic soloist Daniel Rowland, harpsichordist Jane Chapman and Robin Browning as conductor. They connect these reimaginings with a more modern take on Vivaldi in their second Turner Sims performance on 27th April 2017, where they give the Southampton premiere of Max Richter’s Four Seasons Recomposed with soloist Thomas Gould.
Their Romsey Abbey concert in March 2017 also maintains the mini-series theme, with Vaughan Williams’ evergreen Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis a centre-piece, taking true advantage of the building’s acoustic space.
Full details of the són 2016-17 season are available on the són project website.