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Britten Sinfonia Academy

BSA Covid-19 update

Due to current events, BSA are currently unable to meet and rehearse, and consequently, our summer concerts have been cancelled. We have not yet auditioned for out 2020-2021 cohort, and we intend to audition interested young players as soon as we can. Information about applications and auditions will be posted here and on our social media channels as it becomes available. In the meantime, keep safe and keep practising!


A youth ensemble with a difference.

Britten Sinfonia Academy (BSA) brings together talented young instrumentalists from the east of England with its own world class chamber musicians. Each year Academy members take part in four special projects over eight weekends, learning how to perform collaboratively and trying out new skills, styles and musical genres whilst being mentored side by side by Britten Sinfonia players. It’s also a great way to make new, like-minded friends.

Each year’s projects are tailored to its participants. We have acted in museums, improvised with laptop artists, led family workshops, performed at festivals and premiered a number of new works.

Recent examples include:
– Learning to improvise with specialist musicians
– Trying out contemporary, folk and jazz music
– Performing at Latitude Festival
– Rehearsing under the baton of conductor Sir Mark Elder
– Presenting a family arts project in three Cambridge museums
– Performing the world premiere of their own specially commissioned music
– Collaborating with the Composer Hub in smaller chamber groups

In 2019-20 Britten Sinfonia Academy have been lucky enough to work with legendary percussionist and conductor Colin Currie, and Britten Sinfonia’s Leader, critically acclaimed violinist, Jacqueline Shave.

The programme costs £350 per year and full and partial bursaries are available. If you or someone you know are interested in playing in BSA, please get in touch with us at [email protected] or call us on 01223 558504 to find out about current opportunities.

Find out about the Composer Hub here