Sonore! is made up of the very best professional and non-professional musicians from Surrey and the surrounding boroughs.
On Sunday 22nd September 2019 we held our second concert and performed
– Schubert Symphony No 4
– Mozart Piano Concerto No 24 in C minor with soloist Viv McLean
– Kodaly Dances of Galanta
Our conductor was Philip Hesketh and soloist Viv McLean
“What a splendid concert last night. And what a fine conductor and soloist. Thank you.” E.C. audience member
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.