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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TAKE TWO : Louis Andriessen in Focus One

Barbican Hall, London
09 February 2016 7:30pm

Britten Sinfonia’s TAKE TWO double-bill presents a compelling portrait, placing Andriessen’s distinctive output in the context of his musical influences, including Stravinsky, Bach, jazz, and minimalist contemporaries.

TAKE TWO : Louis Andriessen in Focus Two

Milton Court Concert Hall (Barbican), London
13 February 2016 3:00pm

This dance infused programme explores Andriessen’s admiration for Stravinsky, with whom he shares an acute ear for colour and clarity of expression, the influence of Bach and his life-long love of jazz.

Britten Sinfonia At Lunch Three 2015-16

St Andrew's Hall, Norwich
19 February 2016 1:00pm

A lunchtime concert with works by Debussy and Bjarnason offering a rich exploration of colour and harmonies.

Britten Sinfonia At Lunch Three 2015-16

West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
23 February 2016 1:00pm

A lunchtime concert with works by Debussy and Bjarnason offering a rich exploration of colour and harmonies.

Britten Sinfonia At Lunch Three 2015-16

Wigmore Hall, London
24 February 2016 1:00pm

A lunchtime concert with works by Debussy and Bjarnason offering a rich exploration of colour and harmonies.

Debussy, Donatoni & Bjarnason

Turner Sims Concert Hall, Southampton
25 February 2016 8:00pm

An evening of chamber music at Turner Sims Concert Hall, featuring music by Debussy, Donatoni and a new work by Daníel Bjarnason.

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