FAQs

What is Britten Sinfonia?
Britten Sinfonia is a flexible ensemble composed of the finest chamber musicians in Europe. Our players are freelance musicians who are employed on a project-by-project basis. Britten Sinfonia performs around 70 concerts per year and works with hundreds of people of all ages in the communities where the orchestra is resident.

How is it managed?
Britten Sinfonia is a limited company and a registered charity. A board of directors oversees the company which is run by a management team of 13 people, led by the Chief Executive. The offices are based in Cambridge.

How is Britten Sinfonia funded?
Britten Sinfonia is supported by a wide variety of public, corporate and private sources, through a complex mix of grants, sponsorship, and individual giving. Current turnover is £1.5 million - 49% is earned income, 28% from Arts Council England and 23% from fundraised income.

How can I support Britten Sinfonia?
We currently run a variety of individual giving schemes - click here to find out more. There are also many ways that companies and funders can become involved in our work. Please email Will Harriss or call 01223 300795 for an informal chat.

What happens to the £25 I spend on a concert ticket?
£5 goes straight to the government as VAT. We are a not-for-profit organisation so all the income we make from ticket sales, programmes and sponsorship is spent on hall hire, artists and marketing expenses.

Why doesn’t Britten Sinfonia have an Artistic Director?
Because of the breadth of repertoire we perform and wide range of types of projects we undertake, we prefer to work with different soloists, conductors and composers, who are specialists in particular fields. These projects are curated by the Chief Executive and an artistic team. This gives us more flexibility and freedom to develop new ideas, all centred around the quality and development of our players.

Are the players employed full-time?
No. Almost all chamber orchestras in the UK employ freelance musicians on a project-by-project basis. This allows us to be versatile with size and orchestration. You will usually see the same players at most concerts, however.

What is ‘In conversation’?
‘In conversation’ talks are pre-concert events which are free to concert ticket-holders. A featured soloist, composer or member of the orchestra talks about the concert and answers questions from the audience. You don’t have to have any musical knowledge to appreciate these informative and often very entertaining events.

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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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