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This week our eighth London Sinfonietta Academy is taking place at Central Saint Martins – an intensive course of workshops, masterclasses and rehearsals with brilliant young musicians, coached by our London Sinfonietta Principal Players.

At the end of the week the participants present the fruits of their labours: a captivating performance of the best contemporary music led by internationally renowned conductor Thierry Fischer. Book your free ticket here.

Participant and Oboist Roxana Seddon shares her diary of day two:

“I have just finished another day of the London Sinfonietta Academy and it is one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had. The repertoire we are learning, whilst challenging, is very exciting to play. Many aspects of my playing have significantly improved, which is the greatest benefit of the course. We are also fortunate enough to have been coached by professional players such as John Constable and Simon Haram who have taken sectional sessions.

ToBenjaminOliver_Photo_Credit Markus Kinchday, Benjamin Oliver, the composer of one of the pieces we are playing, came in today to conduct our tutti session. The piece is called Beasts Bounding Through Time. It is a privilege to be playing this new, energetic work, under the direction of the composer himself.

He was great fun to work with, communicated with us clearly and was very positive about our playing and the work we had put in. Firstly, we ran through the piece which gave Benjamin an insight into any changes he wanted to make. I was thrilled to be a part of this process. From then on, we slowly and thoroughly worked on each section of the piece.

It was very satisfying to hear all of the work we’ve been playing in our sectionals come together as an ensemble. We very much look forward to performing it on Saturday.”

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