In partnership with the Barbican, Britten Sinfonia is proud to announce it’s fifth season as Associate Ensemble. Britten Sinfonia’s 2016-17 Barbican season promises a huge array of music, presented in surprising and illuminating combinations.
To start, the orchestra is pleased to join Harry Christophers and The Sixteen in a programme that features the world premiere of James MacMillan’s Stabat Mater (comissioned by the Genesis Foundation). Two major projects with Thomas Adès feature during the year; in Spring 2017, Britten Sinfonia launches a new three-year Beethoven Symphony cycle with Adès as director and conductor, and earlier in the season Adès conducts the European premiere of Gerald Barry’s new opera Alice’s Adventures Under Ground (co-commissioned by the Barbican, Britten Sinfonia and the LA Philharmonic Association). During the season the orchestra also joins the Barbican celebrations of John Adams at 70 and Steve Reich at 80, including the London premiere of a new work by Reich. Alongside performances with harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani, a Good Friday performance of Bach’s St John Passion with Mark Padmore as Evangelist, and for the first time at the Barbican Britten Sinfonia’s acclaimed family concerts, the 2016-17 Britten Sinfonia season is a typically bold mix of music.
General public booking opens on Wednesday 10 February 2016.
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