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youth ensemble will perform its own At Lunch concert and we hold our second composition competition, OPUS2014, offering unpublished composers the chance to receive a professional commission,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 At Lunch 1 2014-15

West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
02 December 2014 1:00pm

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

Britten Sinfonia At Lunch 1 2014-15

Wigmore Hall, London
03 December 2014 1:00pm

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

Bach's Magnificat with King's College Choir

Barbican Hall, London
06 December 2014 7:30pm

Cambridge's King's College Choir and Britten Sinfonia once again join forces under the baton of Stephen Cleobury.

Peter & the Wolf / The Snowman

Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden
14 December 2014 3:00pm

Sanjeev Bhaskar narrates Prokofiev’s charming tale before a screening of the classic film The Snowman, with Walking in the Air sung live.

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