£1 million Play On Appeal launched - Britten Sinfonia

£1 million Play On Appeal launched

Britten Sinfonia has launched a public appeal to secure its future following the withdrawal of its funding as an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation, which has left the orchestra with a financial shortfall of £1 million over the next three years.  Those lending support to the Play On appeal include a range of musical figures close to Britten Sinfonia, including composers Steve Reich, Master of the King’s Music, Judith Weir, Sir James MacMillan, Thomas Adès and Nico Muhly,  singers Dame Sarah Connolly and Roderick Williams, trumpeter Alison Balsom, harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani and pianist Benjamin Grosvenor.  They are joined by others connected with Britten Sinfonia, including an NHS nurse and a teacher, in a film to launch Britten Sinfonia’s Play On appeal – watch here and  download here.

Read more about the Play On Campaign and donate here

Judith Weir, Master of the King’s Music comments:

“We definitely need to experience more live classical music outside of our biggest urban centres – in smaller cities, towns and rural spaces. Fortunately we have a successful model for this, widely considered to be the UK’s finest chamber orchestra – inventive in its public approach, accessible and creative. This is, of course, Britten Sinfonia. Hearing less of – or even losing – this vital ensemble is not an option, especially in its East of England centres. Please support ‘Play On’ at this significant and vital moment in Britten Sinfonia’s thirty-year history.”