Southern Sinfonia is an active Chamber Orchestra working across the South of England and the Midlands. Its unique ability to play 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. Many of the orchestra’s musicians are equally at home on baroque instruments as on modern – this versatility informing all the work that they undertake.
The orchestra was established in 1990 and is based in Newbury, holding a residency at the Corn Exchange where it plays a regular Subscription Series. With David Hill as its Musical Director the group also strives to bring concerts and recitals to a wide area of the South of England – including Winchester, Wells, Canterbury, Cambridge and Windsor. As well as these regular orchestral concerts, the organisation runs biennial Young Musician of the Year and Older Musician of the Year competitions, provides a performance platform for the Hampshire Singing Competition winner and runs regular and extensive educational programmes – the highly experienced Education Team is well known, working in Junior, Secondary and Special Needs Schools. The orchestra also presents popular lunchtime concerts and groups of musicians go into Residential Homes.
Southern Sinfonia’s released CDs of the Monteverdi Vespers, on the Signum label, followed by Carl Rutti’s Requiem, on Naxos, have been very well received and reviewed. The most recent CD of the B Minor Mass with The Rodolfus Choir was released on Signum.