Southern Sinfonia’s reputation continues to grow as the leading professional Chamber Orchestra in the South of England. With Sir Roger Norrington as its Patron and David Hill as its Music Director, the orchestra was established in 1990 and is based in Newbury, Berkshire.
Its unique ability to play modern and Baroque instruments, and therefore music from the 1600s to the present day, at the correct pitch and with informed playing style, puts it in huge demand, as does its commitment to contemporary and new music. The orchestra is Orchestra in Residence at the Corn Exchange and the University of Winchester, has an association with Reading University, and performs in venues throughout England, including London, Wells, Exeter, Canterbury, Cambridge, Nottingham and Romsey.
As well as regular orchestral concerts and performances with the South of England’s most established chamber choirs and choral societies, the organisation runs biennial Young and Older Musician of the Year competitions, provides a performance platform for the Hampshire Singing Competition winner and runs regular and extensive educational programmes, as well as a popular lunchtime series of Café Concerts. Southern Sinfonia’s most recent releases include the Monteverdi Vespers, on the Signum label, the world premiere of Carl Rütti’s Requiem (Naxos), and the Bach B Minor Mass, with Ralph Allwood and the Rodolfus Choir (Signum).