HELP BRITTEN SINFONIA PLAY ON
A DIFFERENT KIND OF ORCHESTRA
Setting the standard for bold musical experiences.
Inspiring communities across the East of England with internationally acclaimed music making.
Building connections with other art forms and musical genres.
Creating breakthrough opportunities for the next generation of composers and performers.
Watch our appeal film
The Play On film features (in order of appearance): Steve Reich (composer), Dobrinka Tabakova (composer), Alison Balsom (trumpeter), Dani Howard (composer), Mishka Rushdie Momen (pianist), Benjamin Grosvenor (pianist), Sir James MacMillan (composer), Mahan Esfahani (harpsichordist), Roderick Williams (baritone), Thomas Adès (composer and conductor), James B. Wilson (composer), Judith Weir (composer), Dame Sarah Connolly (mezzo-soprano, Rachel Moorhouse (primary school teacher, Peterborough), Catherine Pride (nurse, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge), James Mayhew (children's book author and illustrator), Nico Muhly (composer), Urja Desai Thakore (artistic director, Pagrav Dance Company).
For 30 years Britten Sinfonia has been pushing the boundaries of what a chamber orchestra can do
We’re rooted in the East of England – where we are the only professional orchestra working throughout the region – yet we also have a national and international reputation as one of the best ensembles playing today.
We’re known for our adventurous programming and stunningly high-quality performances, but also for our acclaimed nurturing of new talent and work with schools, hospital patients and communities across our home region.
Britten Sinfonia is defined not by the traditional figurehead of a principal conductor, but by the dynamic meeting of outstanding individual players and the broad range of their collaborators – from Steve Reich, Thomas Adès and Alison Balsom to Pagrav Dance Company, Father John Misty, Rufus Wainwright, and Anoushka Shankar.
Our future plans include:
- Surround Sound Playlist: innovative experiences in East of England cathedrals and unusual spaces, designed to be enjoyed by people who have never been to a classical music event before.
- An expansion of our work in schools and hospitals, and with people living with life-limiting conditions, empowering people to use music to enhance their lives.
- Music on Your Doorstep: a year-round programme of cross-generational musical activities and concerts in East of England towns under-served by arts organisations.
But there's a problem...
Because in April, Britten Sinfonia is being cut from Arts Council England’s National Portfolio.
That means we are losing 100% of our regular public funding, resulting in a shortfall of £1m over three years.
Everything we have built over the last 30 years and planned for the future is at risk.
We need your support more than ever before
Whether you are able to contribute £20 or £20,000, please help us replace the £1m we are losing, so that Britten Sinfonia can continue to light up the East of England and beyond.
We hope that you are able to consider making your gift a recurring one, to continue supporting the orchestra over the longer term.
In conjunction with this appeal we are also running a major gift appeal, so if you are considering a larger gift (over £5,000) then please get in touch with us directly at email@example.com and we will be in contact.
How your donation helps
Some examples of how your contribution will be used