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In the months following Arts Council England’s announcement that Britten Sinfonia would not be included in its 2023-26 national portfolio, it has been heartening to receive many messages of shock and support, not least in the media. Here is a quick round-up:

Ivan Hewett, The Telegraph:
"Britten Sinfonia – deprived of all its Arts Council of England funding at a stroke – just goes on making great music"

Fiona Maddocks, The Observer:
‘the peerless Britten Sinfonia…one of the most inventive of UK ensembles, which works closely with composers and serves the orchestrally impoverished east of England and beyond.’Read more >>

Martin Cullingford, Gramophone:

‘Britten Sinfonia…takes its acclaimed music-making around a region visiting venues without resident orchestras of their own; contemporary in the widest sense it offers numerous world premieres, while explorations of core repertoire such as the Beethoven symphonies are undertaken with such fascinating and high-profile musical ambassadors as Thomas Adès conducting.’ Read more >>

Richard Morrison, The Times:

‘Britten Sinfonia…puts on top-class performances and does excellent educational and community projects’

Reviews of our latest Beethoven and Gerald Barry release:

Joshua Barone, The New York Times:

‘If any argument was needed for the orchestra’s artistic merit, it is in this Beethoven collection … Above all, this is Beethoven that lives. The instruments breathe and crunch. The scores reveal themselves anew. In the hands of these players, they still surprise, after 200 years.’ Read more >>

Erica Jeal, The Guardian:

‘A timely reminder of the brilliance of the Britten Sinfonia’Read more >>