The critically acclaimed chamber orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, works with world-class composers, performers and conductors, offering an innovative music programme to a broad range of audiences. The organisation works to inspire people with fresh and exciting performances of great music from Albinoni to Zappa and to be the international benchmark for the orchestra.
Britten Sinfonia were recently part of a project involving over 700 children in Norwich and King's Lynn, which culminated with two workshop days organised by Britten Sinfonia in collaboration with the Norfolk Music Service.
The children had all been learning their instruments in school for just under a year, through the government-funded Wider Opportunities scheme, and the project aimed to give them the experience of playing as part of a large ensemble, alongside older students and professional musicians.The combined ensemble performed to parents and teachers at St Andrew's Hall, Norwich on 7th July 2010 and The Corn Exchange, King's Lynn on 8th July 2010.
A song written by children at Ramsey Spinning Infants School, working with composer Jane Wells and musicians from Britten Sinfonia. The song was inspired by the children's visit to the Great Fen, and the audio is accompanied by drawings which the children made during the project.
London Jazz Festival 2008 Britten Sinfonia / Joanna MacGregor / Dhafer Youssef
Britten Sinfonia performed on the opening night of the London Jazz Festival 2008 in association with BBC Radio 3. The performance featured Joanna MacGregor (piano/director), Dhafer Youssef (oud/voice), Takeishi Satoshi (percussion), Peter Herbert (bass) and Britten Sinfonia musicians. They performed pieces by Arvo Part (inc. Fratres and Psalom), Gabi Lunca, Bartok and four works by Dhafer Youssef himself.
Drawing on Music
A workshop at Kettle's Yard gallery in Cambridge, organised by Britten Sinfonia and led by Nicholas Daniel and Auriol Herford. The artists taking part drew abstract responses to Nicholas' performances of Narcissus (from Britten's Metamorphoses after Ovid) and Berio's Sequenza.
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