In light of government advice about COVID-19 and in common with our colleagues across the cultural sector both in the UK and internationally, we have made the very difficult decision to cancel or postpone all Britten Sinfonia concerts until 1 May. The health and wellbeing of our staff, musicians and audiences is our top priority. This affects the Curlew River performances in London, Saffron Hall and Norwich next week, our St Matthew Passion performances in Norwich (9 April), the Barbican (10 April) and Snape Maltings (12 April), and our participation in Death in Venice at the Barbican Theatre (16-19 April).
We will be working with our concert hall partners to contact audiences as soon as we can. Britten Sinfonia is a charity, and at this time of unprecedented difficulty and financial uncertainty, and as we fight to support our musicians and staff, we will be asking ticket buyers to consider donating the costs of tickets purchased to Britten Sinfonia rather than requesting a refund. We completely understand that this may not be possible for everyone, but such a contribution would help significantly as we plan for our survival over the next weeks and months. You can find out about more ways to support Britten Sinfonia here. Thank you.
Even in the most challenging circumstances, performing live music is what Britten Sinfonia lives for, and in our 27 year history we have never previously cancelled a concert. So this decision, while necessary for the safety and wellbeing of our audiences and musicians, is a devastating one for us to take. We are so grateful to our Friends, supporters, partners and audiences across all the communities we work with for their continued support, and look forward to performing with and for you again very soon.
Chief Executive and Artistic Director