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 Ian Bostridge

Wednesday 16 March 2022, 7.30pm
Ian Bostridge joins Britten Sinfonia for a folk-inspired musical journey across Europe

Britten Sinfonia Messiah Study Afternoon

Saturday 18 December 2021, 2pm
Join Britten Sinfonia and a team of academics to explore one of the festive period’s most enduring pieces of choral music
Close up of players from Britten Sinfonia performing on stage

Britten Sinfonia: Handel's Messiah

Saturday 18 December 2021, 7.30pm
Britten Sinfonia gives an impassioned performance of Handel's masterpiece, featuring a stellar line up

News about our Resident Orchestras

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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.
Office furniture is moved into a van from a building with a sign reading 'Britten Sinfonia Office'

Britten Sinfonia: working out how to be an orchestra in lockdown

A group of musicians dressed in red and black play on a stage with a chequerboard-patterned floor

Alice Through the Looking Glass (KS1)

From April 2019