A message from Mark

Dear SSO Supporter,

Music is such a central part of our lives and we are sure you are missing attending concerts as much as we are missing performing them for you! Our Musical Director, Mark Andrew-James, has a message for you all:

Hello everyone.

I thought I would drop you a note to say that I hope you and yours are looking after yourselves, are well and staying safe in these uncertain and deeply troubling times. Every time the news is on there seems to be gloom and doom right across the world, but also tales and stories of the triumphs of human endurance, ingenuity and really importantly, humour. Indeed today I saw a Spanish chap was fined for taking his goldfish for a walk, well, it is his pet, but maybe pushing that envelope a tad far!!

The additional time we now all have on our hands is a huge adjustment for us and so I personally have found that a routine is invaluable, especially to get the day started.

Suffice to say that the management committee of the SSO and I are working hard to plan for the future and have some great programmes planned that we hope will be hugely attractive and appealing to you, our loyal supporters. Our orchestra has, in the past, weathered some enormously challenging times, but we are still here and plan to be for a very long time yet, knowing that we have your support and enthusiasm for the performances we give and the rewards we, as an orchestra, gain from your applause and appreciation.

Might I suggest some moments for your listening pleasure, maybe in a quiet room, eyes closed and deep breathing whilst the glorious music washes over you:

Nimrod from Enigma Variations (SSO performance available on you tube)
Slow movement of the Clarinet concerto by Paul Carr and the same of Mozart
The aria, E Lucevan le Stelle from the opera ‘Tosca’,
Puccini The final trio,’
Hab mir’s gelobt’ from ‘Der Rosenkavalier’, Richard Strauss.

Until soon
‘Bye for now
Mark Andrew James