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youth ensemble will perform its own At Lunch concert and we hold our second composition competition, OPUS2014, offering unpublished composers the chance to receive a professional commission,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.

Calendar

November 2014

Thomas Adès : See the Music, Hear the Dance

Sadler's Wells, London
01 November 2014 7:30pm

Pianist, conductor and composer, Thomas Adès is the subject of Sadler's Wells composer series in an evening of dance.

Thomas Adès

Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden
02 November 2014 7:30pm

Thomas Adès explores his own extraordinary soundscapes with Britten Sinfonia and violinist Pekka Kuusisto.

Curlew River - US Tour 2014

Memorial Hall, Carolina Performing Arts, North Carolina
06 November 2014 7:30pm

A revival of Netia Jones' critically acclaimed production of Britten's Curlew River takes to US stages in seven performances across New York, North Carolina and Berkeley.

Curlew River - US Tour 2014

Memorial Hall, Carolina Performing Arts, North Carolina
07 November 2014 8:00pm

A revival of Netia Jones' critically acclaimed production of Britten's Curlew River takes to US stages in seven performances across New York, North Carolina and Berkeley.

Curlew River - US Tour 2014

Zellerbach Hall, University of California, Berkeley
14 November 2014 8:00pm

A revival of Netia Jones' critically acclaimed production of Britten's Curlew River takes to US stages in seven performances across New York, North Carolina and Berkeley.

Curlew River - US Tour 2014

Zellerbach Hall, University of California, Berkeley
15 November 2014 2:00pm

A revival of Netia Jones' critically acclaimed production of Britten's Curlew River takes to US stages in seven performances across New York, North Carolina and Berkeley.

Turner Sims 40th Anniversary Gala

Turner Sims Concert Hall, Southampton
19 November 2014 8:00pm

Britten Sinfonia perform as part of this special event celebrating 40 years of Turner Sims.

John Woolrich at 60

Milton Court Concert Hall (Barbican), London
20 November 2014 7:30pm

Britten Sinfonia celebrate the 60th birthday of close friend, collaborator, composer and programmer, John Woolrich

John Woolrich at 60

West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
21 November 2014 7:30pm

Britten Sinfonia celebrate the 60th birthday of close friend, collaborator, composer and programmer, John Woolrich

Cambridge Music Festival - Britten War Requiem

Ely Cathedral, Ely
22 November 2014 7:30pm

Britten Sinfonia join forces with musicians from the University of Cambridge for a performance of Britten's War Requiem in Ely.

Britten Sinfonia At Lunch 1 2014-15

St Andrew's Hall, Norwich
28 November 2014 1:00pm

An hour-long lunchtime concert featuring a new work by Patrick John Jones, winner of OPUS2014.

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