The SSO was founded in 1992 by a number of forward-thinking musicians. Given the city of Portsmouth’s rich cultural heritage, the need for a first-class symphony orchestra was recognised and accordingly the SSO was established.
Since its inception, the orchestra has provided a forum for local musicians to perform in historic venues as part of a regular concert series. Our current musicians range in profession, from teachers to students, marines to computer programmers.
The Solent Symphony Orchestra has recognised its important and unique musical role within the city of Portsmouth. The orchestra is constantly seeking new ways to broaden the experience of both its players and the audience.
A link has been forged with the Portsmouth Music Festival, thus enabling, each year, an outstanding young local musician the opportunity to perform a concerto with a symphony orchestra.
Many new works by local composers have been premiered by the orchestra alongside classics of the symphony orchestra repertoire.
Whilst our concerts have traditionally been held in the two cathedrals of Portsmouth, the orchestra is also keen to play in a wide variety of local venues and has performed at St Mary’s Church, Fratton; the Royal Marines Museum; St Agatha’s Church; Romsey Abbey and St Mary’s Church, Southampton.
Please read a review of the D-Day 75th-anniversary concert on 20 June 2019.
Noticeboard posts:Review: Solent Symphony Orchestra at Portsmouth Cathedral, October 2nd 06/10/2021
Profile: Valentina Seferinova, pianist 19/05/2020
The Solent Symphony Orchestra plays Beethoven, Canteloube and Brahms 12/03/2020
Singing Sensation with the Solent Symphony Orchestra on 7 March 03/03/2020
Solent Symphony Orchestra – change of programme due to a rising star! 24/02/2020
Review: “French Connection” by the Solent Symphony Orchestra – Sensational Soloist 02/10/2019
Review: The Solent Chamber Orchestra’s concert at St Peter’s 25/07/2019
“Recorder Delight” at St Peter’s Church, Petersfield on July 20th 11/07/2019
Preview: Chamber musicians’ inaugural concert at St Peter’s Church 06/07/2018