Britten Sinfonia is one of the world’s most celebrated and pioneering ensembles. It is praised for the quality of its performances and an intelligent approach to concert programming that is centred around the development of its players. Unusually it does not have a principal conductor or director but chooses to collaborate with a range of the finest international guest artists from across the musical spectrum as suited to each particular project. Founded in 1992, it is inspired by the ethos of Benjamin Britten through world class performances of the highest quality, illuminating and distinctive programmes where the old meets the new, and projects in the local community as well as in the world’s finest halls.
The orchestra is an Associate Ensemble at the Barbican in London where it presents a major concert series each season. Britten Sinfonia also has residencies in Cambridge (where it is the University’s Orchestra-in- Association), Norwich and Brighton. The orchestra presents an award- winning chamber music series at London’s Wigmore Hall and regularly performs at many important European festivals including the BBC Proms. Britten Sinfonia’s international profile is blossoming with frequent touring throughout Europe and South America. The orchestra is a BBC Radio 3 broadcast partner and records regularly.
Britten Sinfonia is proud to work with many of the world’s re- nowned performers and composers. Central to the orchestra’s artistic vision is a strong commitment to new music, encompassing numerous commissions by composers based in the UK and abroad. The orches- tra’s Creative Learning projects are also at the heart of Britten Sinfonia’s work. These range from pre- and post-concert talks and performances, to schools projects, coaching, master-classes and professional development opportunities for businesses.
Britten Sinfonia recordings have been Grammy® nominated and have received a Gramophone Award. The orchestra has received many other distinctions, including two prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Awards in 2007 and 2009.