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/Alison Balsom: An American Rhapsody
Britten Sinfonia join forces with star trumpeter Alison Balsom in a concert harnessing the power and legacy of Miles Davis and the enduring musical influence of the Jazz Age.
Britten Sinfonia: Handel's Messiah
Handel’s glorious Messiah holds a special place in many people’s hearts over the Christmas period, but perhaps it will be even more significant in 2021.
Britten Sinfonia: City Life
Associate Ensemble Britten Sinfonia pay a unique tribute to the Barbican on its 40th birthday with a commentary on 21st-century urban life with music by Steve Reich, Brett Dean and Dobrinka Tabakova.
Britten Sinfonia with Ian Bostridge
Join Ian Bostridge and Britten Sinfonia on a journey around Europe with folk-inspired chamber music from Bartók to Britten, including a new work by Sir James MacMillan.
Britten Sinfonia: Holst’s Sāvitri
Britten Sinfonia and Sir Mark Elder join forces with Pagrav Dance Company, fusing classical Indian Kathak dance styles with contemporary storytelling to bring to life Holst’s chamber opera Sāvitri.
Britten Sinfonia/Opera Rara: Mercadante’s Il proscritto
Opera Rara Artistic Director and internationally acknowledged 19th-century opera specialist Carlo Rizzi joins Britten Sinfonia and an exceptional cast in a revival of Mercadante’s Il proscritto.
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: 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
We regret to announce that Nora Fischer has had to withdraw from this performance for personal reasons. Therefore this concert has been cancelled. All bookers will be contacted and refunded.
Donizetti’s Il furioso all’isola di San Domingo
Britten Sinfonia and Opera Rara revive their successful partnership to present a rarely performed Donizetti masterpiece set in the West Indies.
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: 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.