Talent Development Partners 2019: Britten Sinforia
Britten Sinfonia is one of the world’s most celebrated and pioneering chamber music ensembles. Renowned for its virtuoso musicianship and breaking the mould by not having a principal conductor or director, instead choosing to collaborate with a range of the finest international guest artists from across the musical spectrum.
A core part of Britten Sinfonia’s artistic output is a focus on identifying, nurturing, and showcasing new talent. This is done in large part through a commissioning programme focusing particularly on emerging and exciting compositional talent, and through OPUS, a nationwide competition to discover new and unpublished composition talent. Furthermore, to develop young talent, we run Britten Sinfonia Academy – an ensemble of twenty-five talented young players (of secondary school age) and four young composers.
In the 2019/20 artistic season, Britten Sinfonia will commission new works from UK-based composers: Laurence Osborn – writing for harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani, Tim Watts – a new work called ‘A world in the Moone,’ Kate Whitley – who will also mentor young Britten Sinfonia Academy composers, and the winner of the orchestra’s OPUS2019 competition for unpublished UK composers.
Britten Sinfonia will also perform new works to celebrate the work of pioneering scientist Ada Lovelace. Pieces by Emily Howard – especially recognized for linking music and science , and by the experimental British artist, DJ and turntablist Shiva Feshareki.