Supporting and promoting music in the South East of England.

An independent and dedicated funding and sponsorship group formed to support many organisations including the Sussex Symphony Orchestra, promoting the performance and appreciation of classical music in the county and beyond.

About SSOe

SSO Events is a unique and independent organisation dedicated to sourcing sponsorship, revenue streams and other funding to assist and encourage organisations deliver regular their concert schedules

SSOe further allows such organisations to extend their ambitions to Charity Gala events, private functions and education projects increasing the reach and inclusivity of its audience while promoting an appreciation and awareness of classical music to audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

We are a non-profit organisation working towards charity status whose surplus funds are invested to enrich musical provision in the county by way of high-calibre events

Mission Statement

We believe orchestral music enriches lives, inspires creativity, and fosters social cohesion. Our mission is to support, encourage and promote the excellence, diversity, and vitality of orchestral music, performed by musicians based within Sussex and make this available to a national audience. We source funding, sponsorship, and support for organisations to create, perform, and share their music with audiences of all ages and backgrounds.


With your generous support SSOe is able to produce some incredible projects to enrich the lives of people living and working on the South Coast.

A Celebration of Verdi

In aid of Save the Children, the sixth of a series of biennial charity concerts featuring Sussex Symphony Orchestra, emerging soloists and a large combined choir conducted by Mark Andrew James.

Actor Jamie Martin plays composer Giuseppe Verdi in a 21st Century interview with Sally Taylor (BBC TV) revealing his life story musically illustrated with popular excerpts from his key operatic, orchestral and choral works.

The concert regularly fills the premier Brighton Dome venue attracting a diverse audience, corporate sponsorship and individual supporters keen to experience the unique show and support the chosen charity.

In keeping with the cause, over 200 tickets will be distributed to local child focused groups including NGOs supporting Children’s Services.

To get involved in this exciting event please visit for more details.

Get Involved

It is only with the support and generosity of our sponsors that we can develop more projects…


Visit our Crowdfunding page to see how you can support our events and see exciting ways to support us, these can include discounted tickets, unique experience days and so much more.


Contact us to discuss our various sponsorship opportunities suitable for the modest budgets of individuals and the generous support of big business. Show your corporate philanthropy as a primary concert sponsor or simply put your name to the tuba players seat, all support is very welcome!

Who we are...

Meet the team behind SSOe

Mark Andrew James, Artistic Director

Mark established SSO in 1993 and, as conductor, remains the driving force behind both the orchestra and SSOe.

Chris Schmidt, Events / Marketing

Chris plays trombone in SSO and makes sure Mark is well stocked with chocolate biscuits.

Daniel Sanders, Finance

Daniel plays violin in SSO and keeps our accounts in order so Chris can buy Mark chocolate biscuits.

Contact Us

Get in touch via or call Chris on +44 (0)7769 988621