Sussex Symphony Orchestra - orchestra

The Sussex Symphony Orchestra, (SSO) based in Brighton, was formed in 1993 and is now rated as one of the best of its kind in the country.

Performing primarily at premier venues across the south of England, the SSO attracts critical acclaim for its programming and quality of performance under its inspirational and charismatic founder, conductor, Mark Andrew James.

The SSO has received recognition of its work from the National Lottery, Foundation for Sport and the Arts and many 'household name' corporations, including American Express, EMI, Tate & Lyle and Lloyds TSB, to assist in purchasing vital equipment and to mount its ambitious concert programmes, which attract distinguished artists to the concert platform.

The orchestra has also received funding from local companies, including The French Group, Deliotte & Touche and Seeboard who wish to promote their work and become involved with the most exciting orchestra in the South (The Times).

The SSO provides its audiences with opportunities to experience 'big' works not normally heard outside major centres, including Symphonies 2 & 5 by Mahler, Stravinsky's Rites of Spring, Ravel's ballet suite, Daphnis et Chlo and also some more unfamiliar, such as Macmillan's Percussion Concerto, and Gliere's Harp Concerto.

The SSO also works with established and emerging composers, many of whom are local to the region, including Peter Copley, Paul Carr and Paul Lewis, regularly giving world premier performances of their work.

The orchestra also works with local choirs and choral societies, including Brighton Festival Chorus, Sussex Chorus and Worthing Philharmonic Choir, often combining them to provide enormous choirs for monumental works that have included Verdi's Requiem, Elgar's Dream of Gerontius and Carmina Burana by Carl Orff. Choirs outside the region, like The Hertfordshire Chorus, have also chosen to perform with the orchestra.

As well as regular concert programmes, the orchestra has embarked upon a series of gala performances at Brighton Dome, where a selected composer's life story unfolds on stage in a semi-dramatised dialogue between the composer, played by an actor, and an interlocutor, played by a television presenter. On June 17th 2006 the concert will be slightly different where we will celebrating Music from the Movies from silent to present day, offering the audience a real insight into the importance and effect music has in the cinema.

See www.ssomusic.co.uk for more information