Turner Sims is acknowledged as one of the finest music venues in the UK, its intimate auditorium, outstanding acoustic and garden setting make it a favourite destination for artists and audiences alike.
Situated on the University of Southampton's main campus Turner Sims' annual 60-concert series attracts internationally renowned performers from the worlds of classical music, contemporary jazz, world music and folk. Recent jazz guests have included the Neil Cowley Trio, Steve Coleman, Stefano Bollani and Colin Towns' Blue Touch Paper. In June 2012 John Surman premiered music from his new release 'Saltash Bells' at Turner Sims. Highlights from the classical, world and folk series have included visits from guitarist John Williams, Toumani Diabate, Baaba Maal and Vieux Farka Toure.
The Spring 2013 series featured jazz performances from Ian Shaw, Django Bates, Zoe Rahman and The Bad Plus. The classical, folk and world series features violinist Chloe Hanslip, pianist Benjamin Grosvenor, folk singer Sam Lee and world music performers Ana Moura and Etran Finatawa.
The Autumn 2013 jazz series includes The Impossible Gentlement, the David Murray Infinity Quartet, Denys Baptiste's 'Now's the Time' project, Hugh Masekela and Larry Willis, the Alexi Tuomarila Trio, Stan Tracey's 'A Child's Christmas' and Dave Stapleton's 'Slowly Rolling Camera' project. Classical highlghts include pianists Mitsuko Uchida, Paul Lewis and Joanna MacGregor, The English Concert with trumpeter Alison Balsom, the Elias and St Petersburg String Quartets, and the Vienna Piano Trio. World music and folk acts include Dervish, Cara Dillon, Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick, Bombino, and the Inner Vision Orchestra.
In July 2012 industry magazine Classical Music named Turner Sims as one of the top 10 chamber music venues in the country. In January 2013 Concert Hall Manager and Artistic Director Kevin Appleby was named Concert Hall Manager of the Year at the Association of British Orchestras/Rhinegold Awards.