Chamber ensemble Britten Sinfonia made its Royal Opera debut in 2006 on the world premiere of Bird of Night, and has since returned for Clemency, Parthenogenesis, The Yellow Sofa and the UK stage premiere of The Importance of Being Earnest in the Linbury Studio Theatre and Rufus Wainwright’s residency ‘House of Rufus’ and Swanlights with Antony and the Johnsons on the main stage. It returned in 2016 for the revival of The Importance of Being Earnest in the Barbican Theatre. In the 2017/18 Season Britten Sinfonia performs the world premiere of Coraline in the Barbican.
Britten Sinfonia was founded in 1992, inspired by the ethos of Benjamin Britten. It has no principal conductor or director and instead collaborates with a wide variety of guest artists. The ensemble is an Associate Ensemble at the Barbican and has residencies in Norwich and Cambridge. It has a chamber music series at the Wigmore Hall and performs regularly at such major UK festivals as the Aldeburgh Festival and BBC Proms. International engagements include appearances at the Lincoln Center, New York, and regular tours around South and Central America and Europe. The ensemble is a BBC Radio 3 broadcast partner and regularly records for Harmonia Mundi and Hyperion.
Britten Sinfonia’s awards include the Royal Philharmonic Society’s awards for ensemble (2013, 2007) and chamber music (2009), a Gramophone Award and an ECHO/Klassik Recording Award. Central to Britten Sinfonia’s artistic programmes is a wide range of creative learning projects both within schools and the community.
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