About Us

There are few more thrilling things in British music than Britten Sinfonia on top form.
Ivan Hewett, The Daily Telegraph

Britten Sinfonia is one of the world’s most celebrated and pioneering ensembles. The orchestra is acclaimed for its virtuoso musicianship, an inspired approach to concert programming which makes bold, intelligent connections across 400 years of repertoire, and a versatility that is second to none. Britten Sinfonia breaks the mould by not having a principal conductor or director, instead choosing to collaborate with a range of the finest international guest artists from across the musical spectrum, resulting in performances of rare insight and energy.

Britten Sinfonia is an Associate Ensemble at the Barbican in London, and has residencies across the east of England in Norwich, Brighton and Cambridge (where it is the University’s orchestra-in-association). The orchestra also performs a chamber music series at Wigmore Hall and appears regularly at major UK festivals including Aldeburgh and the BBC Proms. The orchestra’s growing international profile includes regular touring to Mexico, South America and Europe. In February 2012, Britten Sinfonia made its North American debut at Lincoln Centre, New York. 

Founded in 1992, the orchestra is inspired by the ethos of Benjamin Britten through world class performances, illuminating and distinctive programmes where old meets new, and a deep commitment to bringing outstanding music to both the world’s finest concert halls and the local community. Britten Sinfonia is a BBC Radio 3 broadcast partner and regularly records for Harmonia Mundi and Hyperion.

In 2013-14, Britten Sinfonia collaborates with artists including Paul Lewis, Ian Bostridge, Netia Jones, Mark Padmore, Pekka Kuusisto, Iestyn Davies, Patricia Kopatchinskaja and the Richard Alston Dance Company with premières from composers including Sally Beamish, Roderick Williams, Mark Simpson, Brett Dean and Philip Cashian. Following UK performances, many of these collaborations will tour internationally with performances in some of the world’s finest concert halls.

Central to Britten Sinfonia’s artistic programmes are a wide range of creative learning projects both within schools and the community. In the 2013-14 season Britten Sinfonia Academy, our talented youth ensemble will perform its own At Lunch concert and we hold our second composition competition, OPUS2014, offering unpublished composers the chance to receive a professional commission,

In 2013 Britten Sinfonia was awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Award for Ensemble having previously won the Chamber Music Award in 2009 and the Ensemble Award in 2007. Britten Sinfonia recordings have been Grammy nominated, received a Gramophone Award and an ECHO/Klassik Recording Award.

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Britten Sinfonia Academy at the Fitzwilliam Museum

Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
01 February 2015 3:00pm

The talented young musicians from our Britten Sinfonia Academy perform chamber works from the baroque era through to the 20th century in the galleries of the museum.

Britten Sinfonia At Lunch 3 2014-15

Wigmore Hall, London
04 February 2015 1:00pm

An hour-long lunchtime concert featuring a new work by Ben Comeau, winner of the Cambridge University Composers' Workshop.

Britten Sinfonia At Lunch 3 2014-15

St Andrew's Hall, Norwich
06 February 2015 1:00pm

An hour-long lunchtime concert featuring a new work by Ben Comeau, winner of the Cambridge University Composers' Workshop.

Family Concert: I Want My Hat Back

West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
07 February 2015 4:00pm

Join Britten Sinfonia and presenter Hannah Conway for this interactive family concert based on Jon Klassen's charming book, I Want my Hat Back

Britten Sinfonia At Lunch 3 2014-15

West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
10 February 2015 1:00pm

An hour-long lunchtime concert featuring a new work by Ben Comeau, winner of the Cambridge University Composers' Workshop.

Canary Islands Music Festival

Auditorio Alfredo Kraus, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
12 February 2015 8:30pm

Britten Sinfonia is joined by the National Choir of Spain and a stellar selection of soloists to perform as part of the Canary Islands Music Festival.

Canary Islands Music Festival

Auditorio de Tenerife, Tenerife
13 February 2015 8:30pm

Britten Sinfonia is joined by the National Choir of Spain and a stellar selection of soloists to perform as part of the Canary Islands Music Festival.

Vaughan Williams Oboe concerto with Nicholas Daniel

Theatre by the Lake, Keswick
25 February 2015 7:30pm

Nicholas Daniel joins Britten Sinfonia for this performance at Keswick's Theatre by the Lake with a programme featuring Vaughan Williams' oboe concerto.

War and Beauty: Shostakovich, Haydn and Pärt

Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
28 February 2015 2:15pm

Stephen Layton and Polyphony collaborate with Britten Sinfonia and a stellar line-up of soloists for this programme on the theme of war.

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