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Britten Sinfonia

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.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £416,649
  • 2013-2014: £416,649
  • 2014-2015: £416,649

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Barbara Hannigan in Focus

Ahead of Britten Sinfonia's concerts in May 2015 with Barbara Hannigan find out more about the programmes to be performed. More info and to book tickets -

Musically Gifted; no batteries required

For as little as a tenner (or as much as £10,000) you can help commission a new piece of music as a Christmas gift for a music loving friend or relative. It’s a musical gift that just keeps giving; not only are you helping to bring new music to life, for now and the future, but the recipient of your gift will have their name printed in the score in perpetuity.

Player Profile : Paul Archibald

Paul Archibald (Principal Trumpet) is featured in the third of Britten Sinfonia's Player Profile series. Paul talks about Britten Sinfonia's early days and the diverse repertoire the orchestra perform.

2014-15 Britten Sinfonia season trailer

A short film about Britten Sinfonia's 2014-15 projects and collaborations. For more info visit

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OPUS2015 is an exciting project, now in its third year, offering unpublished composers the chance to receive a professional commission as part of Britten Sinfonia's award-winning At Lunch series. Find out more in this short film. Visit for full information

Player profile: Alexandra Reid

Alexandra Reid (2nd violin) is featured in the second of our Player Profile series. Alexandra discusses what it's like to be a part of Britten Sinfonia and also talks about the orchestra's creative learning work which she is involved in.

Musically Gifted - Philip Cashian

Philip Cashian is writing a piece for our first-ever Britten Sinfonia Academy At Lunch concert. The Academy is comprised of the most talented classical musicians of secondary school age from across the east of England, who receive bespoke training in the qualities that makes Britten Sinfonia distinctive. You can help support this commission through the Musically Gifted scheme - Philips work will be premiered by the Academy on Tuesday 1 July 2014 at Cambridge's West Road Concert Hall with a subsequent performance at Norwich's St Andrews Hall on Friday 4 July 2014.

Patricia Kopatchinskaja directs Britten Sinfonia

Ahead of Patricia Kopatchinskaja's debut with Britten Sinfonia in March 2014 she discusses the programme which has a distinctly Eastern European flavour. Full tour details here -

Player Profile: Caroline Dearnley

In the first of a series of short films we profile some of our key players. First up is prinicipal cellist, Caroline Dearnley. She tells us about what her highlights have been with Britten Sinfonia, performing as a chamber musician and leading her section.

Pekka Kuusisto wishes Britten Sinfonia Happy Birthday

Last year was our 20th birthday and regular collaborator Pekka Kuusisto recorded this little message for us. On our 21st birthday we thought it well worth sharing with everyone.


OPUS2014 is an exciting project, now in its second year, offering unpublished composers the chance to receive a professional commission as part of Britten Sinfonia's award-winning At Lunch series.

Britten Sinfonia 20th Birthday

In October 2012 Britten Sinfonia celebrated its 20th Birthday with a special concert at the Barbican featuring many of the orchestra's collaboartors from the past 20 years.

About Britten Sinfonia

Find out all about Britten Sinfonia in this film. Britten Sinfonia is one of Europe's most dynamic chamber orchestras which performs in many of the finest concert halls and has residencies in Cambridge, Norwich and Birmingham with a concert series at London's Southbank Centre and Wigmore Hall. The ensemble enjoys a blossoming international profile, a recent highlight being an acclaimed tour of South America, and is frequently heard on disc, BBC Radio 3 and commercial radio.

Britten in America

In 2010 Britten Sinfonia toured a programme of music from both sides of the Atlantic that delved into the subtle and rich sonorities of strings and voice. These concerts offered a rare opportunity to hear celebrated tenor, Mark Padmore paired with the exuberant and imaginative violinist Pekka Kuusisto in a new work by Nico Muhly.


In 2009 Britten Sinfonia were the first orchestra to perform at Latitude Festival. Britten Sinfonia joined headliners The Pet Shop Boys, Nick Cave and Grace Jones at this cult outdoor music and arts event.

Britten Sinfonia Season Trailer 2013-14

Ahead of our 2013-14 season we've created a short trailer highlighting some of our projects and collaborations

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.

Sunshine song

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.

Sao Paulo skyline

Sao Paulo skyline

Britten Sinfonia tour of South America (1)

Jackie Shave and Juan Gonzalez talk about Britten Sinfonia's upcoming tour of Brazil, Argentina and Brazil.

Britten Sinfonia - Bach meets Moondog

Live footage from Britten Sinfonia's London show

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