Southern Pro Musica

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06.02.24 Profile: Keir and Sheila Rowe
14.01.24 Introducing young children to the world of classical music
13.12.23 Emma Pritchard, cellist
16.08.20 Profile: Jonathan Willcocks

Southern Pro Musica evolved from the need for a professional orchestra to provide support for choirs based in Hampshire and West Sussex. The availability of increasing numbers of fine free-lance musicians choosing to base their careers in the south enabled the orchestra to enlarge its area of operations to work with choral societies further afield and also to undertake purely orchestral engagements.  The orchestra’s first concert performance was an opera gala in Portsmouth Guildhall in August 1991.

In 1992 the orchestra was invited by the Southern Orchestral Concerts Society to become the resident chamber orchestra for its annual concert series based at Petersfield Festival Hall. In this series it performed with many distinguished national and international soloists, including in recent years Alison Balsom (trumpet), Natalie Clein (cello), Michaela Petri (recorder) Nicholas Daniel (oboe) and Antje Weithaas (violin). In an exciting further development, in 2013 Southern Pro Musica was appointed by Guildford Borough Council as their ‘principal provider of Classical music’, providing a broad range of orchestral concerts and educational outreach work in Guildford. We are delighted to have the distinguished clarinettist Michael Collins as Honorary President of the orchestra.

In addition to its orchestral concerts, Southern Pro Musica undertakes an annual series of children’s concerts each year, introducing live orchestral music to many thousands of young listeners in Winchester, Petersfield, Worthing, Portsmouth, Chichester, Southampton, Guildford and Dorking – a series which has been generously supported since its inception by the John Lewis Partnership and, more recently, by the Foyle Foundation which has provided funds to enable children from state primary and junior schools to enjoy attending a concert. In its work providing first-class professional orchestral support for leading choirs in the south, the orchestra performs regularly with the Portsmouth Choral Union, Chichester Singers, Guildford Choral Society, Southampton Choral Society and the Petersfield Festival and has also worked with the Winchester Music Club, Sussex Chorus, Dorset Guild of Singers, Epworth Choir, Froxfield Choir and the Wokingham Choral Society.

Southern Pro Musica made its first commercial recording in 2001 when Priory Records issued a recording with the English Cathedral Singers, and further CDs have since appeared including a collaboration with the National Children’s Choir of Great Britain and music for narrator and orchestra with the distinguished musician and broadcaster Brian Kay. Another recent development has been the establishment of Friends of Southern Pro Musica.

Southern Pro Musica’s Artistic and Musical Director is Jonathan Willcocks (see www.jonathanwillcocks.com), whose international career as a conductor and composer has taken him to many parts of the world in addition to his extensive work in UK.

Southern Pro Musica is a registered charity no. 1148872 and details of the Trustees of the charity can be found at www.gov.uk/government/organisations/charity-commission.

Events by this performer
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May 11, 2024
Read preview notes. Jonathan Leibovitz – clarinet Southern Pro MusicaJonathan Willcocks – conductor Leopold Mozart: Sinfonia in G Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:Symphony no. 1Clarinet Concerto in ASymphony no 41 (Jupiter) Visit the Southern Pro Musica concert page for tickets – £22...
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February 10, 2024
Charlotte Bowden – sopranoSouthern Pro MusicaJonathan Willcocks – conductor J S Bach – Suite no. 1 in CHandel – Water Music Suite in FBaroque opera arias Southern Pro Musica has performed orchestral concerts in Petersfield annually for nearly 40 years,...
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June 15, 2024
With Southern Pro MusicaJonathan Wilcocks – conductor Join the Chichester Singers at the Cathedral for a wonderful summer evening of buoyant musical colour, contrasting the rhythmic energy and jazz influences of John Rutter – Birthday Madrigals and Shearing – Songs...
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January 16, 2024
Southern Pro Musica returns with a perfect introduction to live music played by a full professional orchestra. This hour-long concert features musical classics such as a colourful Rossini Overture, Tchaikovsky ballet music and much more, including audience participation compered by...
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March 23, 2024
The Chichester Singers with Southern Pro MusicaConductor: Jonathan Willcocks Haydn – Te Deum;Bernstein – Chichester Psalms;Finzi – Dies NatalisJonathan Willcocks – A Great and Glorious Victory The classical elegance of Haydn – Te Deum is contrasted by the evocative colour of Bernstein...
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Read a review. Symphony no. 40 in G minor Sofia Ticciati, sopranoClara Orif, sopranoGeorge Curnow, tenorGiles White, bass Festival chorus, with Fernhurst and Petersfield Choral SocietiesWith Southern Pro Musica. Paul Spicer, conductor When Mozart married Constanze Weber – famously in...
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December 16, 2023
Conductor: David GostickSoprano: Luci BriginshawBass: Edwin Kaye Read preview notes and a review. PCU sang The Messiah for the first time in 1896. With W.E Green as Musical Director this became an annual event for the choir until 1963, when...
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November 11, 2023
The Chichester Singers with Southern Pro MusicaConductor: Jonathan Willcocks Read a profile of Lucy Gibbs, mezzo-soprano J S Bach’s monumental Mass in B Minor is one of the supreme achievements of this greatest of baroque composers – written at the...
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June 24, 2023
Read a review. Portsmouth Choral Union with Southern Pro Musica and Castle Primary School.Conductor: David Gostick Alec Roth – The TravellerBritten – St Nicolas The Traveller by Alec Roth is an oratorio for solo tenor, solo violin, choir, children’s choir...
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April 1, 2023
Conductor: David GostickWith Southern Pro Musica Read a review and preview notes. The St Matthew Passion is a passion oratorio, which sets to music the 26th and 27th chapters of St Matthew’s Gospel from the German Lutheran bible. These chapters...
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January 18, 2023
Southern Pro Musica returns with a perfect introduction to live music played by a full professional orchestra. This hour-long concert features musical classics such as a colourful Rossini Overture, Tchaikovsky ballet music and much more, including audience participation compered by...
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February 11, 2023
An evening of classical orchestral masterpieces, performed in the beautiful environment of St. Peter’s Church, lit by hundreds of candles. The programme includes Mozart’s Symphony no. 29 in A major and the Concerto for Flute and Harp in C major,...
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June 17, 2023
Read preview notes. Maestro Jonathan Wilcocks leads one of the South’s leading amateur choirs, The Chichester Singers, which celebrates 70 years of music-making. This anniversary season culminates in this performance. With Southern Pro MusicaJonathan Willcocks – conductor Stanford – Songs...
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March 25, 2023
With Southern Pro Musica Jonathan Willcocks – conductor Schubert – Mass in GMendelssohn – Hear my prayerHandel – Dixit Dominus In this concert, the strings of Southern Pro Musica and five outstandingsoloists will partner the choir in two works by...
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May 13, 2023
Read a review. Pavlos Carvalho – celloJonathan Willcocks – conductor Mendelssohn – Hebrides OvertureWagner – Siegfried IdyllSaint-Saens – Cello concerto in A minorBeethoven – Symphony no. 7 in A Visit the concert page for tickets. Entry is free to Chichester...
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March 18, 2023
Festival chorus, with Petersfield and Rogate Choral Societies. Southern Pro MusicaConductor: Paul Spicer Cara Orif, soprano (Iphis) RAMRachel Newberry, soprano (Angel)Anna Patterson, mezzo soprano (Storge) RAMMatthias Daehling, countertenor (Hamor) RCMMagnus Walker, tenor (Jephtha) RAMAlexander Bower-Brown (Zebul) RAM Written in 1752, Jephtha was...
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January 18, 2023
Southern Pro Musica returns with a perfect introduction to live music played by a full professional orchestra. This hour-long concert features musical classics such as a colourful Rossini Overture, Tchaikovsky ballet music and much more, including audience participation compered by...