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Southern Sinfonia (Orchestra)

Founded: Newbury, Berkshire, England

Southern Sinfonia is a professional, regional orchestra based in Newbury, Berkshire, with musicians, soloists and conductors of national and international renown, performing classical music for audiences all over the south of England.

Southern Sinfonia is the leading professional musical organisation in Southern England, offering:Symphony concerts conducted by David Hill and presented by Chris de Souza:
- Cafe concerts for lunchtime breaks
- Choral concerts with well-known choirs
- An education programme to nurture young musicians
Bringing live music to the community

The Sinfonia also makes music accessible to wider audiences through its educational and community work and its concerts in informal settings.

The Sinfonia's aim is to combine excellence with accessibility so that their music appeals to audiences of all ages and from all walks of life. Whether performing a full symphonic concert or a duet at lunchtime, a string quartet or a brass masterclass, they continue to provide a wide and versatile repertoire of music from the baroque to the contemporary.

Who’s Who

Patron: Sir Roger Norrington
Artistic Advisor: Chris de Souza
Chief Conductor: David Hill


Southern Sinfonia's repertoire spans the history of Western musical composition, from Bach to Tippett, offering its audiences professional musicians performing in a variety of venues, from concert halls, cathedrals and churches to the intimate surroundings of a cafe.

Its concert performances are enhanced by Chris de Souza's lively and well-informed introductions to each piece. Chris brings to these events his many years' experience in commenting on BBC radio and television concert programmes, providing his own witty insights into the composers and their works.

The range of its musical offerings can be seen in this sample listing of its recent performances shown in reverse chronological order. Unless otherwise shown, concerts were performed at the Newbury Corn Exchange.

Source: Southern Sinfonia Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (October 2010)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Ralph Allwood


BWV 232

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Southern Sinfonia (Official Website|)


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