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This profile was last updated on 9/23/13  and contains information from public web pages.

Mucial Director

Phone: (250) ***-****  HQ Phone
Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra
P.O. Box 767
Sooke, British Columbia V9Z 1H7

Company Description: The official website of the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra, based in beautiful Sooke, British Columbia, Canada. Conductor and Music Director, Norman Nelson.

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Norman ..., 23 Sept 2013 [cached]
Norman Nelson
Born in Dublin, Ireland, Norman began his violin studies when he was 10 years old. At the age of 15 he won a scholarship to the Royal College of Music in London and at 20 was appointed to a position in the first violin section of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. He has held the position of Assistant Concertmaster with the Royal Philharmonic, Philharmonia, BBC Symphony and London Symphony orchestras. He was a founding member of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the most recorded chamber orchestra in the world. In 1965 Norman was appointed Concertmaster of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. He also formed the internationally acclaimed Purcell String Quartet. He has appeared as soloist with many orchestras, including the London Symphony, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, BBC Symphony and Vancouver Symphony. As a chamber musician, he has performed in every major city in North America, and in Europe, Russia, Japan and China.
In 1979 Norman was appointed Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at the University of Alberta in Edmonton and the leader of the University String Quartet. In 2007 he was awarded the Orchestras Canada Betty Webster Award for his sustained and significant contribution to the Canadian orchestral community. In May 2012, Norman was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, which honours outstanding Canadians whose achievements have benefited their fellow citizens.
Norman and his wife Jenny live on Vancouver Island. Norman continues to be an active player, teacher and conductor.
Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra
Founded in 1997 by Norman Nelson, the full size semi-professional orchestra performed its first symphony concert in June 1998.
Join Norman Nelson, ..., 15 June 2012 [cached]
Join Norman Nelson, conductor and mucial director of the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra, on Friday June 15 at Edward Milne community school or Saturday, June 16 at Alix Goolden Hall (Victoria), both at 8 p.m. for an exciting evening of music.
Sooke Philharmonic Society - About Us :: Sooke Philharmonic Society, 30 Aug 2012 [cached]
Sue Hyslop presents 10th Anniversary cake to Norman Nelson
Music Director and Conductor: Norman Nelson
ARTICLES: District disburses $65,000 in ..., 20 July 2012 [cached]
ARTICLES: District disburses $65,000 in community grants | A memorial dogwood tree for Nic Twiddy | Triathlon 2012 : closure flexibility | Cameras in Council: meetings to be taped and webcasted live | Library funding challenged by BC, says VIRL board | Worldwide trend in Sooke: more farmers wanted | Sooke Philharmonic music director Norman Nelson: "I'm still the boss" (re Fling! concert this weekend | Sooke Fire Rescueis selling 'donation shares' to raise funds for historical truck refurbishing | Sooke Region Chamber moves to new office | Sooke Fall Fair gears up for 99th year | Canada World Youth seeking homestays in Sooke
Marion Newman  |  Mezzo Soprano [cached]
Norman Nelson, founder of the Sooke Philharmonic also lead the orchestra through some rousing pops, including the William Tell Overture and the Radetsky March.
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