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Britten Sinfonia is renowned for its track record of supporting and commissioning composers.

We run two composer development programmes which give UK-based composers and aspiring composers the opportunity to take the next step on their career path. The selected composers for both schemes work closely with our programme directors, Britten Sinfonia musicians, and the wider Britten Sinfonia team to create new works for chamber ensemble for recording and performance, and develop their skills as composers and creatives in a holistic way.

Opus 1

Opus 1

Our Opus 1 programme gives aspiring composers the chance to write a piece for a Britten Sinfonia chamber ensemble and take part in workshops and a recording day, receiving advice and feedback from our musicians and composer mentors.
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“A a result of this project, my confidence has massively grown, and it’s allowed me to think about music in new ways.”
Emma Opus 1 Composer (2022)
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Magnum Opus

Our Magnum Opus scheme is an opportunity for more experienced composers to develop their skills in orchestral writing and to have their works performed as part of two Britten Sinfonia concert programmes. With support from our musicians and mentors, our Magnum Opus composers work towards the performance of their own concerto in a showcase concert.
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“It’s been insightful, challenging and rewarding all in one”
Aileen Sweeney, Magnum Opus Composer (2022)

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