Joined once again by David Owen Norris in the Turner Sims Concert Hall, University of Southampton, són – the professional orchestra founded by Robin Browning – take the listener on a journey through one of music’s most touching and inspiring landscapes: Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations. During the first half of this concert at 3.00pm on Sunday 4 June David Owen Norris presents excerpts at the keyboard and with full orchestra, immersing the listener in all 14 of Elgar’s musical portraits – ‘unwrapping’ the music, its stories, its meaning and presenting all the signposts needed to enjoy the work’s complete performance in the second half.
The concert also features complete performances of Elgar Pomp and Circumstance March No 4 and the premiere of a new version of Pomp and Circumstance for chamber orchestra by George Morton, commissioned by són.
Praised as an “expert musician & conductor” by Sir Charles Mackerras, Robin Browning is an established performer and music-educator who is a passionate advocate for music and for the arts in general. Since making his debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at London’s Barbican, Robin has conducted the Hallé, English Northern Philharmonia, Northern Sinfonia, Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Intercontemporain, St Petersburg Festival Orchestra, and Estonian National Youth Orchestra.
Robin and pianist David Owen Norris teamed up originally for són’s inaugural concert – ‘Sibelius Unwrapped’ – which took place at Turner Sims Concert Hall in November 2015. The orchestra’s subsequent concerts have included their highly successful ‘Eroica Unwrapped’ with Classic FM presenter and author John Suchet.
Photograph by Chris Christodoulou