20th Birthday Concert Reviews

The 2012-13 season marks Britten Sinfonia's 20th anniversary. The orchestra opened its series in Cambridge, Norwich and London with special celebratory concerts featuring some of Britten Sinfonia's closest collaborators. The concert at the Barbican marked the exact anniversary of Britten Sinfonia's first concert as well as launching the start of a new relationship with the Barbican as Associate Ensemble.

Daily Telegraph  - "This birthday concert in its home town of Cambridge presented the band in party spirit, and introduced a fresh element of youth into the mix." Read More

The Times - "Only Britten Sinfonia would imagine that a concert in which Sibelius, Bach, Tippett, new james MacMillan and Prkofiec followed hard on each others' heels would make satisfying listening. Yet it did..." Read More

Evening Standard - " Jacqueline Shave led a performance of Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony that bounced and bubbled with energy." Read More

The Independent - "Mark Padmore gave a glowing account of Britten’s Rimbaud song-cycle ‘Les illuminations’." Read More

Guardian - "The opening sparring between violins and violas set the tone for a zingy, punchy and above all joyful performance." Read More

BachTrack - "With a stellar range of guests, they carried us along all the way from Purcell to Moondog, encapsulating the spirit of versatility and openness which makes the group what it is." Read More

Financial Times - "It is this spirit of adventure that has won it a reputation as one of the UK’s most forward-thinking musical ensembles." Read More

LocalSecrets - "Kuussisto leads the orchestra in dramatic leaps and turns and creates an edge-of-seat tension that is rare in any orchestra." Read More

The Britten Sinfonia blog has numerous posts about the past 20 years including photos and views from audience members, a steward and our musicians. Later in 2012 we will also be releasing a film which will celebrate Britten Sinfonia, present and future.

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Goldberg Variations

The Hexagon, Reading
05 April 2014 7:30pm

Britten Sinfonia, perform works by Mozart, Martynov and Bach in The Hexagon, Reading.

Mr Big Family Concert 2014

Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden
06 April 2014 3:00pm

An interactive family concert featuring live illustrations from Mr Big's author, Ed Vere.

Bach St John Passion

West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
16 April 2014 7:30pm

Britten Sinfonia is joined by a stellar line-up of soloists and its acclaimed professional choir, Britten Sinfonia Voices for these Easter performances of Bach's masterpiece.

Bach St John Passion

Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
17 April 2014 8:15pm

Britten Sinfonia is joined by a stellar line-up of soloists and its acclaimed professional choir, Britten Sinfonia Voices for these Easter performances of Bach's masterpiece.

Bach St John Passion

Barbican Hall, London
18 April 2014 6:00pm

Britten Sinfonia is joined by a stellar line-up of soloists and its acclaimed professional choir, Britten Sinfonia Voices for these Easter performances of Bach's masterpiece.

Bach St John Passion

Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden
19 April 2014 7:30pm

Britten Sinfonia is joined by a stellar line-up of soloists and its acclaimed professional choir, Britten Sinfonia Voices for these Easter performances of Bach's masterpiece.

Bach St John Passion

Norwich Theatre Royal, Norwich
20 April 2014 7:30pm

Britten Sinfonia is joined by a stellar line-up of soloists and its acclaimed professional choir, Britten Sinfonia Voices for these Easter performances of Bach's masterpiece.

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