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On Saturday 2nd February 2019 a concert was given by the newly formed orchestra, Sonore! which chose St Christopher’s Church for its debut.

Sonore! is made up of the very best professional and non-professional musicians from Surrey and the surrounding boroughs.

Our next concert on Sunday 22nd September 2019 will take place at St Andrew’s Church, Maple Road, Surbiton. KT6 4DS

– Schubert Symphony No 4

– Mozart Piano Concerto No 24 in C minor with soloist Viv McLean

– Kodaly Dances of Galanta

Our conductor will be Philip Hesketh.

The Symphony No. 4 was subtitled “Tragic” by Schubert himself but it is really a joyful work with just a little pathos, written by a 19-year-old composer with so much to say. We will follow this with Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24 K491 in C minor and to perform it we welcome our soloist, Viv McLean. Viv has played with all the major UK symphony orchestras, appeared at many Festivals around the world and broadcast for Radio 3.

“Viv McLean revealed extraordinary originality, superb simplicity, and muscles of steel hidden by fingers of velvet. He plays with the genius one finds in those who know how to forget themselves, naturally placing themselves at the right point to meet the music, the mystery of the moment.” Le Monde (Paris)

Our programme will conclude with Kodaly’s virtuosic Dances of Galanta and we welcome Philip Hesketh to our roster of guest conductors. Philip holds directorships with Opéra de Baugé, Opera Vera, London Children’s Ballet, West London Sinfonia and Norfolk Symphony Orchestra, and is in demand as a guest conductor for many orchestras in London.

Previous concerts

The conductor for our inaugural concert, Rupert Bond, brought a wealth of experience to the post. He enjoys creating compelling and lively performances of musical integrity with groups ranging from small chamber ensembles to 100-player symphony orchestras. The exciting programme was Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony, Bruch’s 1st Violin Concerto and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3 nicknamed the Scottish.

We  were delighted to have engaged Jack Liebeck, a soloist with an international reputation, to play the Bruch with us. Possessing a flawless technical mastery and a “beguiling silvery tone” (BBC Music Magazine), British violinist Jack Liebeck is one of the most respected musicians of his generation. A professional photographer, his fascination with all things scientific is the focal point of his music festival, Oxford May Music, and his collaborations with Professor Brian Cox. Jack is a professor of Violin at the Royal Academy of Music.

Sonore! triumphant in debut concert

Sonore!, the new orchestra on the block in Elmbridge, dazzled us all with their first concert at St Christopher’s, Hinchley Wood last month. They chose a popular programme and played to a capacity audience of music lovers from the North of Surrey.

Under the baton of Rupert Bond, the orchestra gave a lively rendition of Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony and demonstrated moods ranging from plangency to wild Scottish dance in Mendelssohn’s 3rd Symphony.

Undoubtedly the highlight of the evening was the Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 performed by Jack Liebeck. I felt so lucky to hear a world-class soloist perform locally and not have to pay London ticket prices for the pleasure of hearing him. His mellifluous tone held the audience spellbound and he was totally engaged, not only with the music and the audience, but with the orchestra too.

It was hard to believe that this orchestra is not made up entirely of professionals, such was the high quality of the playing. I would urge anyone to join the Sonore! mailing list so that they don’t miss out on future concerts.

Audience member