Britten Sinfonia Academy - applications welcome

Applications now open for Britten Sinfonia Academy 2018-19

Please note that the deadline for applications to Britten Sinfonia Academy 2018-19 has now passed.

We are recruiting talented, young instrumentalists from the east of England to develop their chamber music skills through a range of exciting ensemble projects. Participants receive expert mentoring from Britten Sinfonia musicians and work alongside key guest artists from our main season.

Who can apply?

We recruit for: violin | viola | cello | double bass | flute | oboe | clarinet | bassoon | horn | trumpet | trombone | percussion | harp | piano

We welcome applicants who are:
– Secondary school aged
– Grade 8 standard or above
– live in the east of England
– Dynamic and passionate musicians willing to challenge themselves
– Willing to travel to courses across the east of England including Cambridge, Norwich, Saffron Walden and London

If you are interested in applying to the Composer Hub, click here

How to apply

To apply you must submit:

  • A completed online application form available here
  • A completed teacher’s statement available here

In order to fully complete your application your instrumental teacher must submit a short paragraph for you. Your application is only complete once both of these forms have been received before the deadline on Monday 5 February 2018.

Should you require a pdf version of the application form, please email and we would be happy to supply accordingly.



Audition Information

There are two rounds of auditions: individual auditions held in March, and a group audition held in July.

First Round Individual Audition
Successful applicants will be invited to the first round of auditions. Auditions will take place in Cambridge on the following dates (more dates and locations may be added subject to demand). You will be allocated to attend one of these dates.

  • • Saturday 17 March 2018
    • Sunday 18 March 2018
    • Saturday 24 March 2018

Auditionees are asked to:
– play two contrasting pieces lasting no more than 8 minutes altogether – an accompanist will be provided
– play a short orchestral extract from a selection that you will be sent to prepare in advance
– play a short sight reading task

Second Round Group Audition
Successful first round auditionees will be invited to attend a second round group audition on Sunday 15 July 2018, you must be available for this date.


For further information please read the Frequently Asked Questions

Find out more about Britten Sinfonia Academy here

Any queries contact or call 01223 341019.