Resident Orchestras

About Britten Sinfonia

In 1992, Britten Sinfonia was established as a bold reimagining of the conventional image of an orchestra. A flexible ensemble comprising the UK’s leading soloists and chamber musicians came together with a unique vision: to collapse the boundaries between old and new music, to collaborate with composers, conductors and guest artists across the arts, focussing on the musicians rather than following the vision of a principal conductor; and to create involving, intelligent music events that both audiences and performers experience with an unusual intensity.

The orchestra is named after Benjamin Britten, in part a homage to its chosen home of the East of England, where Britten’s roots were also strong. But Britten Sinfonia also embodies its namesake’s ethos. Its projects are illuminating and distinctive, characterised by their rich diversity of influences and artistic collaborators; and always underpinned by a commitment to uncompromising quality, whether the orchestra is performing in New York’s Lincoln Center or in Lincolnshire’s Crowland Abbey. Britten Sinfonia musicians are deeply rooted in the communities they work with, with an underlying philosophy of finding ways to reach even the most excluded individuals and groups.

About the London Philharmonic Orchestra

The London Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the world's finest symphony orchestras, balancing a long and distinguished history with a reputation as one of the UK's most adventurous and forward-looking orchestras.

As well as giving concerts and opera performances in the UK and internationally, they also record film and video game soundtracks, have their own record label, and reach thousands of people every year through activities for schools and their local communities.

The Orchestra was founded by Sir Thomas Beecham in 1932, and since then has been headed by many of the great names in the conducting world, including Sir Adrian Boult, Bernard Haitink, Sir Georg Solti, Klaus Tennstedt and Kurt Masur. The Orchestra's current Principal Conductor is Vladimir Jurowski, appointed in 2007. In July 2019 Edward Gardner was announced as the Orchestra's next Principal Conductor: he will take up the position when Jurowski's tenure comes to an end in September 2021. Karina Canellakis took up the role of Principal Guest Conductor in September 2020.

Upcoming events from our Resident Orchestras

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Britten Sinfonia with Daria van den Bercken

Saturday 15 April 2023, 7.30pm
Daria van den Bercken is a passionate champion of Baroque keyboard music who finds innovative ways to bring it to new listeners
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Britten Sinfonia & Polyphony: Fauré's Requiem

Monday 29 May 2023, 7pm
Stephen Layton conducts Britten Sinfonia and his outstanding vocal group Polyphony
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London Philharmonic Orchestra with Alina Ibragimova

Sunday 7 May 2023, 7pm
The London Philharmonic Orchestra return under the baton of their principal conductor Edward Gardner

News about our Resident Orchestras

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Q&A with Thomas Gould

Hear more from Thomas Gould on what it's like to be playing and directing Max Richter's Four Seasons Recomposed 10 years after its premiere

Spring 2022 on sale now

We are delighted to announce our Spring 2022 season with a spectacular line-up of world-class artists and ensembles performing classical, jazz, world and dance.
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Britten Sinfonia: working out how to be an orchestra in lockdown