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 Academy at the Fitzwilliam Museum

Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
01 February 2015 3:00pm

The talented young musicians from our Britten Sinfonia Academy perform chamber works from the baroque era through to the 20th century in the galleries of the museum.

Britten Sinfonia At Lunch 3 2014-15

Wigmore Hall, London
04 February 2015 1:00pm

An hour-long lunchtime concert featuring a new work by Ben Comeau, winner of the Cambridge University Composers' Workshop.

Britten Sinfonia At Lunch 3 2014-15

St Andrew's Hall, Norwich
06 February 2015 1:00pm

An hour-long lunchtime concert featuring a new work by Ben Comeau, winner of the Cambridge University Composers' Workshop.

Family Concert: I Want My Hat Back

West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
07 February 2015 4:00pm

Join Britten Sinfonia and presenter Hannah Conway for this interactive family concert based on Jon Klassen's charming book, I Want my Hat Back

Britten Sinfonia At Lunch 3 2014-15

West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
10 February 2015 1:00pm

An hour-long lunchtime concert featuring a new work by Ben Comeau, winner of the Cambridge University Composers' Workshop.

Canary Islands Music Festival

Auditorio Alfredo Kraus, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
12 February 2015 8:30pm

Britten Sinfonia is joined by the National Choir of Spain and a stellar selection of soloists to perform as part of the Canary Islands Music Festival.

Canary Islands Music Festival

Auditorio de Tenerife, Tenerife
13 February 2015 8:30pm

Britten Sinfonia is joined by the National Choir of Spain and a stellar selection of soloists to perform as part of the Canary Islands Music Festival.

Vaughan Williams Oboe concerto with Nicholas Daniel

Theatre by the Lake, Keswick
25 February 2015 7:30pm

Nicholas Daniel joins Britten Sinfonia for this performance at Keswick's Theatre by the Lake with a programme featuring Vaughan Williams' oboe concerto.

War and Beauty: Shostakovich, Haydn and Pärt

Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
28 February 2015 2:15pm

Stephen Layton and Polyphony collaborate with Britten Sinfonia and a stellar line-up of soloists for this programme on the theme of war.

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