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.

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.

Britten Sinfonia logo