The London Sinfonietta is one of the world’s leading contemporary music ensembles with a reputation built on the virtuosity of its performances and its ambitious programming. It is committed to placing new music at the heart of contemporary culture and pushing boundaries; regularly undertaking projects with choreographers, video artists, film-makers, electronica artists, jazz and folk musicians.
The ensemble is Resident Orchestra at Southbank Centre with regular performances from composer-conductors such as Oliver Knussen (its Conductor Laureate) and George Benjamin, as well as some of the finest interpreters of 20th and 21st century repertoire including Diego Masson, Peter Eötvös and Martyn Brabbins. It continues to take the best contemporary music to venues and festivals throughout the UK and worldwide with a busy touring schedule.
The creation of new music has been at the core of the London Sinfonietta’s work since its foundation in 1968. Commissioning almost 250 works and premiering many hundreds more, ranging from Luciano Berio and Harrison Birtwistle to Steve Reich. Its innovative Blue Touch Paper scheme, which has supported new works from Tansy Davies, Dai Fujikura and Anna Meredith, gives composers the opportunity to take risks and develop ideas without the pressure of a public performance.
Extending its support of emerging talent, this year the London Sinfonietta launches the new London Sinfonietta Academy that gives young instrumentalists, selected from throughout the UK, the unparalleled experience of working and performing with some of the finest contemporary musicians in the world.
The London Sinfonietta has its headquarters at Kings Place where it is developing another strand of its programme for London and UK touring.
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