A youth ensemble with a difference.
Britten Sinfonia Academy (BSA) brings together talented young instrumentalists from the east of England with its own world class chamber musicians. Each year Academy members take part in four special projects over eight weekends, learning how to perform collaboratively and trying out new skills, styles and musical genres whilst being mentored side by side by Britten Sinfonia players. It’s also a great way to make new, like-minded friends.
Each year’s projects are tailored to its participants. We have acted in museums, improvised with laptop artists, led family workshops, performed at festivals and premiered a number of new works.
Recent examples include:
– Learning to improvise with specialist musicians
– Trying out contemporary, folk and jazz music
– Performing at Latitude Festival
– Rehearsing under the baton of conductor Sir Mark Elder
– Presenting a family arts project in three Cambridge museums
– Performing the world premiere of their own specially commissioned music
– Collaborating with the Composer Hub in smaller chamber groups
In 2019-20 Britten Sinfonia Academy have already confirmed dates to work with legendary percussionist and conductor Colin Currie, and Britten Sinfonia’s Leader, critically acclaimed violinist, Thomas Gould.
The programme costs £350 per year and full and partial bursaries are available.