Britten Sinfonia Academy


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Britten Sinfonia Academy (BSA) is an exciting and dynamic chamber orchestral training opportunity for talented secondary school aged musicians from the east of England. Mirroring the daring programming and musical excellence of our parent orchestra, BSA nurtures and challenges our members developing the breadth and depth of their musical and leadership skills.

Across each season, BSA embarks on a series of intensive, term-time, weekend courses exploring ensemble skills, leadership, playing without a conductor and chamber music repertoire. Courses encompass repertoire spanning several centuries from Bach to brand new and the chance to perform in some of the UK's most exciting venues (including London's Barbican Centre, Saffron Hall, West Road in Cambridge and St Andrews Hall in Norwich). Throughout the year members are not only coached by and play alongside Britten Sinfonia's exceptional professional players but also have the opportunity to work with some of the world's great artists. 

"As a result of participating in Britten Sinfonia Academy this year I have developed the ability to think musically for myself and voice opinions more in rehearsals." - Megan, flute 2014

"I feel so lucky to be able to play alongside professionals and individuals of such high standard, who all share the same love for music" - Katie, violin 2015

Academy members are also offered exclusive opportunities to see Britten Sinfonia in rehearsals and discounted tickets to Britten Sinfonia concerts throughout the year.

Applications for Britten Sinfonia Academy 2016-17 have now closed. If you are interested in applying but missed the deadline do get in touch to tell us a bit more about yourself.

If you have any questions feel free to contact us at or 01223 558504.



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Ian Bostridge directs

Norwich Theatre Royal, Norwich
19 June 2016 7:30pm

Ian Bostridge joins Britten Sinfonia for Britten's Serenade for tenor, horn and strings.

Britten Sinfonia at St Denis Festival 2016

Basilica Cathedral of St Denis, Paris
20 June 2016 8:30pm

Rosemary Standley, singer with international music collective, Moriarty, and young Brazilian cellist/singer-songwriter Dom La Nena (known as a duo as Birds on a Wire) join forces with Britten Sinfonia for new arrangements of ballads and lullabies.

Aldeburgh Festival 2016

Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Snape
23 June 2016 7:30pm

Britten Sinfonia is joined by preeminent conductor/composer Oliver Knussen to present a programme as part of the 2016 Aldeburgh Festival.

Ian Bostridge directs

West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
24 June 2016 7:30pm

Ian Bostridge joins Britten Sinfonia for Britten's Serenade for tenor, horn and strings.

Britten Sinfonia At Lunch Five 2015-16

St Andrew's Hall, Norwich
30 June 2016 1:00pm

Britten Sinfonia Academy, now celebrating its fifth year, performs its own At Lunch programme featuring a world premiere.

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