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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.

Employment History

  • Music Director
    Sooke Voice News
  • Professor of Violin and Chamber Music
    University of Alberta
  • Conductor of the University Symphony Orchestra and the Founder
    Academy Strings at the University of Alberta
  • Teacher
    Banff Centre

Board Memberships and Affiliations

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Norman ..., 17 May 2014 [cached]
Norman Nelson
Born in Dublin, Ireland, Norman Nelson began his violin studies at the age of ten. When he was 15 he won a scholarship to the Royal College of Music, London where his teacher was George Stratton (Concertmaster of the London Symphony Orchestra) - later studying with Sascha Lasserson, a pupil of Leopold Auer. He was conscripted into the Household Cavalry - the Life Guards - as concertmaster in the Life Guards Band stationed at Windsor. On completion of his national service at age 20, he was appointed to a position in the first violin section of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. He held the position of Assistant Concertmaster with the Royal Philharmonic, Philharmonia, BBC and London Symphony Orchestras and served as concertmaster under such conductors as Sir Thomas Beecham, Herbert Von Karajan, Antal Dorati, Georg Solti, Rudolf Kempe, Sir Adrian Boult and Benjamin Britten. He was a founding member of the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the most recorded chamber orchestra in the world, and also a member of the London Octet.
Norman emigrated to Canada in 1965 to join the Vancouver Symphony as Concertmaster. He was a founding member of the Baroque Strings of Vancouver, The Vancouver Symphony Chamber Players and the Purcell String Quartet.
In 1979 he was appointed Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at the University of Alberta in Edmonton and the leader of the University String Quartet. In 1982 he toured with the Quartet to Japan and China representing the Federal Government and also to Hong Kong under the aegis of Alberta Culture. He was conductor of the University Symphony Orchestra and the founder of the Academy Strings at the University of Alberta. In 1985 he became concertmaster of the Alberta Baroque Ensemble with which he also appeared as soloist. In 1997 Norman retired as Professor Emeritus and moved to Sooke, BC where he founded a community orchestra, the Sooke Philharmonic now in its 16th year.
Norman has appeared as soloist with many orchestras, including the London Symphony, Academy of St. Martins-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, Hong Kong and China.
A dedicated teacher, he has taught at the Vancouver Academy of Music and the Banff Centre and he was a co- founder of the Courtenay Youth Music Centre on Vancouver Island, BC. This past July/August he he visited Ireland's West Coast to teach and conduct at the "Summer Music on the Shannon" summer school - a repeat visit.
In 2007, Norman was awarded the Orchestras Canada Betty Webster Award for his sustained and significant contribution to the Canadian Orchestral Community. In May 2012, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal, which honours outstanding Canadians whose achievements have benefitted their fellow citizens.
Norman Nelson, the conductor ..., 26 Mar 2014 [cached]
Norman Nelson, the conductor of the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra, has international fame as a leading musician and director and thus draws many with superior musical talent to join his semi-professional orchestra.
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
Sooke Voice News - Purchase Back Issues, 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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