Famed for its dazzling musicianship and thrilling programmes, Britten Sinfonia is unique in not having a principal conductor or director, choosing instead to focus on its virtuoso musicians.
The resulting collaborations with the finest guest artists from across the musical spectrum lead to performances of rare insight, commitment and energy.
Britten Sinfonia: St Matthew Passion
One of Bach’s greatest works: urgent, committed and impassioned, with a stellar cast led by Nicholas Mulroy.
Britten Sinfonia with Alison Balsom
Superstar Alison Balsom performs a virtuosic programme of music from Purcell to Birtwistle via Scarlatti, celebrating the remarkable voice of the trumpet.
Sir Mark Elder’s electrifying series re-imagining of Brahms symphonies with Britten Sinfonia’s chamber music approach and forces take on his radiant Third Symphony.
Britten Sinfonia: Eight Seasons
A dazzling evening of Baroque music that grooves and Argentinian tangos flushed with 18th-century flair: Vivaldi’s radiant Four Seasons interspersed with Piazzolla’s sultry Argentinian response.
Britten Sinfonia & Ian Bostridge
Ian Bostridge and Britten Sinfonia embark on a journey around Europe with folk-inspired chamber music from Bartók to Britten, including a new work by Sir James MacMillan.
Britten Sinfonia & Nora Fischer
Inspired by Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey, Sarah Kirkland Snider’s indie/folk-inspired song cycle Penelope is a meditation on memory, identity and what it means to come home.
Adès: The Tempest
Thomas Adès’s 2004 opera recreates Shakespeare’s enchanted isle on his own, utterly magical terms in what the New York Times called ‘one of the most inspired, audacious and personal operas in years.’
Britten Sinfonia: Refugee
What does it mean to be a refugee, now and through the ages? Turnage’s new song cycle sets texts by poets including Benjamin Zephaniah and Emily Dickinson, performed by peerless tenor Allan Clayton.
The Sixteen: Le grand Inconnu
Few living composers communicate with the emotional directness of James MacMillan, and the opportunity to hear two substantial new works in one concert is genuinely rare.
Steve Reich/Gerhard Richter
Steve Reich and Gerhard Richter – two giants of contemporary culture – come together in a major new collaboration: a cinematic exploration of Richter’s intense, abstract painting 946-3.
Ada Lovelace: Imagining the Analytical Engine
A musical tribute to a woman who united the worlds of 19th-century romanticism and cutting-edge science – Ada Lovelace: thinker, computer pioneer and enchantress of numbers.
Britten Sinfonia with Benjamin Grosvenor
Pianist Benjamin Grosvenor and Britten Sinfonia Leader Thomas Gould join forces for a vividly contrasting programme of chamber music from Bach to the 21st century.
Britten Sinfonia: Curlew River
Inspired by Japanese Noh theatre, Benjamin Britten's church parable is a truly striking work. Ian Bostridge heads a starry cast alongside Britten Sinfonia Voices and musicians.
Watch: Britten Sinfonia Season Trailer 2018-19
Watch Britten Sinfonia's 2018-19 season, which offers a world-class line-up of musicians, conductors and composers, with programmes drawing intriguing connections across a wide array of music.