Press Releases - Britten Sinfonia

Press Releases

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Booking opens for Britten Sinfonia’s 2019-20 season at the Barbican


05 Mar 2019

From premieres by Steve Reich/Gerhard Richter, Mark-Anthony Turnage, James MacMillan, Emily Howard, John Woolrich and Shiva Feshareki, to collaborations with The Sixteen, Ian Bostridge, Allan Clayton, Lucy Crowe, Alison Balsom, Colin Currie, Benjamin Grosvenor, Nicholas Mulroy and Roderick Williams, Britten Sinfonia’s 2019-20 season at the Barbican is now on sale.

Sir Mark Elder conducts Brahms and Mahler – 17-19 January


05 Dec 2018

Sir Mark Elder conducts Britten Sinfonia in Brahms’s Second Symphony alongside music by Mahler and Britten.

OPUS2018 – Call for scores


03 Aug 2018

Britten Sinfonia’s OPUS 2018 competition for unpublished composers has been announced with a call for scores.

Alice Walton joins Britten Sinfonia as Communications Director


11 Jul 2018

Alice Walton has been appointed to the new role of Communications Director at Britten Sinfonia.

Britten Sinfonia 2018-19 Season Announced


27 Jun 2018

Britten Sinfonia’s 2018-19 season is announced in London, Saffron Walden, Norwich and Cambridge.

Summer 2018 highlights


06 Jun 2018

Britten Sinfonia starts its summer season at Nevill Holt Opera with Thomas Adès’ Powder Her Face, and ends it by dancing the tango at the BBC Proms.

Britten Sinfonia Concerts – March/April 2018


13 Mar 2018

Britten Sinfonia’s busy March and April features two world premieres, and in Easter concerts, two masses separated by almost 200 years, and Bach’s St John Passion.

Beethoven Symphony Cycle reaches midway point with Symphonies 4, 5 & 6


08 Mar 2018

Beethoven’s masterworks performed alongside Gerald Barry’s The Conquest of Ireland and the London premiere of Barry’s Piano Concerto this May.

2018-19 Barbican series now on sale


02 Feb 2018

Britten Sinfonia’s 2018-2019 season as Associate Ensemble at the Barbican offers an outstanding line-up of guest musicians, conductors and composers, with concerts that draw intriguing lines between a wide array of music from across four centuries.

Jeremy Denk and Britten Sinfonia in jazz inspired programme

29 Jan 2018

Jeremy Denk joins Britten Sinfonia for a jazz-infused programme, including the original jazz band arrangement of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.

New work by Leo Chadburn on the menu for January At Lunch


10 Jan 2018

New commission by Leo Chadburn is on the menu for a wide ranging At Lunch concert to start the new year

Concert highlights – Spring 2018


07 Dec 2017

Britten Sinfonia’s 25th anniversary season continues in the New Year with a series of world and UK firsts.

Britten Sinfonia and the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge


01 Nov 2017

The Choir of King’s College Cambridge joins Britten Sinfonia for performances of two 20th century choral greats, Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and Vaughan Williams Dona nobis pacem

Britten Sinfonia turns 25


24 Oct 2017

On Tuesday 24 October Britten Sinfonia celebrates its 25th birthday and launches £25 for 25 years fundraising campaign

At Lunch concert series resumes service for 2017-18


13 Oct 2017

Britten Sinfonia’s award winning ‘At Lunch’ series returns in 2017-2018 with concerts that marry new commissions with adventurously curated programmes of chamber works drawn from across four centuries.

Elder conducts Brahms


28 Sep 2017

Sir Mark Elder launches four-year Britten Sinfonia Brahms Symphony Cycle

Janis Susskind joins Britten Sinfonia board


18 Jul 2017

Britten Sinfonia has appointed Janis Susskind, Managing Director of Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Ltd to its Board of Trustees

Britten Sinfonia turns 25


20 Jun 2017

In 2017-18, Britten Sinfonia celebrates its 25th birthday with a season that features symphonic masterpieces, choral gems, contemporary classics, world premiere performances and jazz inspired rhapsodies.

Beethoven Symphony Cycle


21 Mar 2017

Thomas Adès and Britten Sinfonia launch three year Beethoven Symphony Cycle

At Lunch Three


13 Mar 2017

Nicholas Daniel and Britten Sinfonia give the world premiere of Brian Elias’s Oboe Quintet

Easter concerts with Mark Padmore


09 Mar 2017

Britten Sinfonia is joined by acclaimed tenor, Mark Padmore for three performances of Bach’s St John Passion alongside readings of sacred texts and poetry by TS Eliot read by Simon Russell Beale.

2017-18 season as Associate Ensemble at the Barbican


03 Feb 2017

Britten Sinfonia celebrates its first five years as Associate Ensemble at the Barbican alongside its 25th birthday during the 2017-18 season

Three world premieres this February


27 Jan 2017

Britten Sinfonia gives three world premieres in February, by composers Francisco Coll, Mark-Anthony Turnage and Timo Andres.

Spring Highlights 2017


10 Jan 2017

Thomas Ades begins a three year Beethoven Symphony Cycle, Mark Padmore reimagines Bach’s St John Passion and Mahan Esfahani goes to town with Scarlatti and De Falla…

At Lunch 2016-17 series


10 Nov 2016

Britten Sinfonia returns with it’s acclaimed At Lunch series in 2016-17 featuring specially commissioned new works by Mark-Anthony Turnage, Brian Elias, Elena Langer and Sohrab Uduman.

Thomas Gould to become Leader of Britten Sinfonia


02 Nov 2016

Thomas Gould to become Leader of Britten Sinfonia alongside Jacqueline Shave

November 2016 concerts


17 Oct 2016

In a busy November Britten Sinfonia celebrate Steve Reich’s 80th birthday and give the European premiere of Gerald Barry’s Alice’s Adventures Under Ground amongst other projects

October 2016 concerts


28 Sep 2016

Britten Sinfonia give the premiere tour of James MacMillan’s Stabat Mater and are resident at Aldeburgh Music for their Britten weekend.

Britten Sinfonia Academy 2016-17


28 Sep 2016

Britten Sinfonia Academy turns five in a 2016-17 season of new commissions, performances and workshops

Britten Sinfonia & Thomas Adès at the BBC Proms


01 Aug 2016

Britten Sinfonia returns to the BBC Proms, with a programme conducted by regular artistic collaborator, Thomas Adès.

2016-17 season announced


22 Jul 2016

Details of Britten Sinfonia’s 2016-17 season

Summer 2016


16 Jun 2016

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

May 2016


26 Apr 2016

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


06 Apr 2016

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

Benjamin Grosvenor


30 Mar 2016

Young pianist makes his directing debut with Britten Sinfonia.

Spring concerts and productions


08 Mar 2016

Details of Britten Sinfonia’s concerts and performances this spring.

OPUS2016 winner announced


18 Feb 2016

Sohrab Uduman wins Britten Sinfonia’s competition for unpublished composers.

New music and outstanding partnerships


26 Jan 2016

Britten Sinfonia announces 2016-17 season as Associate Ensemble at the Barbican.