Press Releases

Press releases will be available for download approximately two months before a concert.

Summer 2016 Britten Sinfonia returns to the Aldeburgh Festival with Oliver Knussen, and the BBC Proms with Thomas Ades, and tours to Cambridge and Norwich

May 2016 This May Britten Sinfonia makes debut tour of China, performs with Alice Coote and Mahan Esfahani, and goes on a haunting journey with Ian Bostridge in Netia Jones production The Dark Mirror - Zender's Winterreise

BBC Music Magazine Premiere Award James MacMillan's Oboe Concerto, recorded for Harmonia Mundi by Britten Sinfonia and Nicholas Daniel wins BBC Music Magazine Award

Benjamin Grosvenor Young pianist makes his directing debut with Britten Sinfonia

Spring concerts and productions Details of Britten Sinfonia's concerts and performances this Spring

OPUS2016 winner announced Sohrad Uduman wins Britten Sinfonia's competition for unpublished composers

Britten Sinfonia at Easter Britten Sinfonia Voices join the orchestra for performances of James MacMillan's Seven Last Words from the Cross

World premiere of new work by Daníel Bjarnason Briiten Sinfonia February At Lunch concerts feature works by Debussy and Donatoni and a new work by Icelandic composer, Bjarnason.

New music and outstanding partnerships Britten Sinfonia announces 2016-17 season as Associate Ensemble at the Barbican

Messiah 2015 Britten Sinfonia and Britten Sinfonia Voices ring in the festive season with three performances of Handel's Messiah in Cambridge, London and Norwich

OPUS2016 shortlist announced Ten composers chosen from over 280 applications to competition for unrepresented composers

At Lunch at 10 New works by Anna Clyne, Ed Nesbit, Daniel Bjarnason, Kenneth Hesketh and Bryce Dessner all on the menu for 2015-16 season.

EFG London Jazz Festival Legendary bassist Eddie Gomez and pianist Steven Osborne join Britten Sinfonia at EFG London Jazz Festival

TAKE TWO: Oliver Knussen in Focus A concert double-bill exploring the influences and musical life of the celebrated composer/conductor

Jeremy Denk Acclaimed American pianist joins Britten Sinfonia for concerts this September in Southampton, Norwich and Cambridge

New Chairman of Board of Trustees Dr Jerome Booth appointed chairman of Britten Sinfonia board of trustees

Britten Sinfonia 2015-16 season A typically bold season embracing the baroque, jazz and modernist masters

OPUS2016 launched Britten Sinfonia widens the net with the return of its popular competition for unpublished composers

Barbara Hannigan in Focus Celebrated Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan joins Britten Sinfonia as both soloist and conductor in a typically adventurous series of concerts in May.

James MacMillan's St Luke Passion In special Easter performances, Britten Sinfonia and Britten Sinfonai Voices perform James MacMilan's new Passion in London and Cambridge

Goldberg Variations with Thomas Gould Britten Sinfonia and Thomas Gould mark the launch of new Goldberg Variations CD on Harmonia Mundi with a concert tour.

OPUS2015 Winner Announced Britten Sinfonia announce winner of OPUS2015 competition for unrepresented composers

2015-16 Barbican season announced Barbican associate ensemble, Britten Sinfonia announces a typically bold season embracing the Baroque, jazz and modernist masters with the orchestra joined by a stellar line-up of guest artists.

Journeys in 20th century American music Sarah Connolly joins Britten Sinfonia in concerts feautring works by Elliott Carter, Ruth Crawford Seeger and Aaron Copland

2015 Winter/Spring Highlights  Britten Sinfonia moves from winter to summer with a line-up of stellar soloists and premiere performances

Bach's Magnificat  Britten Sinfonia and Cambridge's King's College Choir perform Bach's glorious Magnificat

Musically Gifted The Christmas present that lasts a lifetime

OPUS015 shortlist announced A good year for young talent in open submission competition for unpublished composers

Music With Real Bite Britten Sinfonia 2014-15 At Lunch series

John Woolrich at 60 Britten Sinfonia mark composer and programmer, John Woolrich's 60th birthday year with concerts in London and Cambridge

November 2014 Concerts in November underline Britten Sinfonia's close affinity with leading composers, and support for a new generation of composing talent

2014-15 Britten Sinfonia season A year of stellar vocalists, choral premieres and new works for voice and orchestra

Arts Council England's National Portfolio Funding Programme Britten Sinfonia receives standstill grant

OPUS2015 Britten Sinfonia launches its annual open call for unpublished composers

Birtwistle at 80 Britten Sinfonia explores Harrison Birtwistle and the English pastoral tradition

Brett Dean joins Britten Sinfonia for lunch in May Brett Dean forms a quartet with Britten Sinfonia principals for the premiere of his String Quartet No. 2

Britten Sinfonia at Easter Performances of Bach's St John Passion in Cambridge, Amsterdam, London, Saffron Walden and Norwich

March concerts Patricia Kopatchinskaja directs Britten Sinfonia, the orchestra performs St Matthew Passion and give the premiere performances of new work in At Lunch 4

Britten Sinfonia Academy Gifted young musicians from the east of England sought for Britten Sinfonia's youth ensemble

OPUS 2014 winner announced Patrick John Jones wins Britten Sinfonia OPUS 2014 competition for unpublished composers

Patricia Kopatchinskaja Winnner of the 2013 Gramophone Recording of the Year, Patricia Kopatchinskaja makes her Britten Sinfonia debut in a folk inspired programme with a strong Eastern European flavor.

January and February 2014 Concerts with Imogen Cooper and mark Simpson, Roderick Williams and Britten Sinfonai Voices, and an interactive family concert commemorating the start of World War I

Songs of No Man's Land An interactive concert in Cambridge for children aged 7+ and their families commemorating World War I.

Britten Sinfonia Christmas concerts Performances of Britten's St Nicolas and Handel's Messiah

Sally Beamish new work Premiere of new work by Sally Beamish on the menu for At Lunch concerts

At Lunch 2013-14 New commissions from Sally Beamish, Brett Dean, Roderick Williams, Philip Cashian and William Cole all on the menu for Britten Sinfonia At Lunch

Britten Centenary Celebrations Britten Sinfonia takes major role in Barbican Britten festival and performs Britten's Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings in Cambridge, Norwich and London.

Paul Lewis Pianist Paul Lewis directs Britten Sinfonia in opening concerts of 2013-14 season.

2013-14 Season Britten Sinfonia launches its 2013-14 season brochure

RPS Award Britten Sinfonia wins RPS Award for Ensemble

Wymondham Serenade Norfolk Primary School children compose and perform their own music in a concert with Britten Sinfonia in celebration of Benjamin Britten's Centenary

Musically Gifted Britten Sinfonia launches the UK's most flexible classical music funding scheme

Parkside Take Over Students from Parkside Federation Academies present original compositions alongside renowned percussionist Colin Currie in our regular cambridge pre-concert event slot.

Spring 2013 Press Release Britten Sinfonia are nominated for a Royal Philharmonic Soceity Award in the Ensemble category.

OPUS 2013 premiere Ryan Latimer's Divertimento will be premiered following an open call to unpublished composers.

Britten Sinfonia and Young Composers Britten Sinfonia is committed to new music which is coupled with strong support from young composers and artists. Our next series of events; Composers Workshop, At Lunch 3 and 4 - through the spotlight on our work developing young talent.

Baltic Nights Alina Ibragimova directs Britten Sinfonia in a programme featuring music by Bach and Peteris Vasks alongside a new work by Eriks Essenvalds

Concerts: January and February 2013 Angela Hewitt, Alina Ibragimova and Mark Padmore feature in concerts spanning 700 years of music

At Lunch 2012-13 series Britten Sinfonia pays homage to Benjamin Britten in award-winning lunchtime concert series

Alice Coote sings Phaedra Alice Coote makes her Britten Sinfonia debut in a celebration of Britten and English music for voice and strongs in Cambridge and at Wigmore Hall.

20th Birthday Concerts Britten Sinfonia celebrates its 20th birthday with concerts in Cambridge, Norwich and at the Barbican Centre

Britten 100 Britten Sinfonia marks Benjamin Britten centenary

Mr Big An interactive family concert in Cambridge

Opus 2013 Britten Sinfonia makes open call to unpublished composers

2012-13 Norwich Season Booking opens for Britten Sinfonia's Norwich season

2012-13 Cambridge Season Booking opens for Britten Sinfonia's Cambridge season

Britten Sinfonia launches The Listening Machine as part of Arts Council England/BBC's The Space

Britten Sinfonia Academy - seeking next generation of outstanding musician talent

Tenner for a Tenor investment pays dividends - premiere performances of Jonathan Dove's new work The End in Norwich, Cambridge and London

Mark Padmore and Britten Sinfonia Celebrated tenor Mark Padmore joins Britten Sinfonia for two concert tours and a CD release in April & May 2012.

At Lunch March 2012 - World premiere of Luke Bedford’s Three Intermezzi

Britten Sinfonia becomes Associate Ensemble at the Barbican from 2012-13 From September 2012, Britten Sinfonia joins the Barbican’s outstanding roster of international performance partners when it becomes an Associate Ensemble at the Barbican.

Concentric Paths: The music of Adès, Couperin, Stravinsky and Ravel. UK and International tour with Thomas Adès and Pekka Kuusisto.

Britten Sinfonia Winter/Spring 2012 Diary dates Highlights include Britten Sinfonia’s New York debut in February 2012, world première of Nico Muhly’s Cello Concerto in March and celebrated tenor Mark Padmore joins Britten Sinfonia once more in April and May for lunchtime and evening concerts.

L’enfance du Christ Sir Mark Elder conducts Britten Sinfonia in Berlioz’s magical oratorio

Music to chew over…  Britten Sinfonia At Lunch series returns this November

New association with Brighton Britten Sinfonia becomes Resident Chamber Orchestra at Brighton Dome and Festival

Opening concert of 2011-12 season Britten Sinfonia opens its 2011/12 season by welcoming back Norwegian violinist Henning Kraggerud, following a tour of Mexico in the summer.

2011 - 2012 Season Booking opens for Britten Sinfonia seasons in London, Cambridge & Norwich

Spring and Summer 2011 Britten Sinfonia gears up for a busy summer with performances at the Royal Opera House, King’s Place and at the Proms, and overseas, with visits to South America and Mexico

Tenner for a Tenor Music lovers invited to buy £10 shares in new work by Jonathan Dove for Mark Padmore and Britten Sinfonia

At Lunch  - April 2011 World premiere of Enrico Chapella’s Nanobot’s

Purcell Remixed - Young MC’s, beatboxers, music technology students and classical music students have been working with Britten Sinfonia to create their own new remix of Purcell’s music.

Britten Sinfonia’s Arts Council Funding - Britten Sinfonia core grant increased for 2012-13 from Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Funding Programme


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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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