Britten Sinfonia Academy has been a much-loved and thoroughly enjoyable project for the musicians and staff alike, which, after a lot of soul-searching we have decided to pause for the time-being.
There are fewer opportunities in some areas of the country for children to make a start in music, and while Britten Sinfonia Academy and the Composer Hub were fantastic opportunities for talented young musicians, we’re looking at ways that we can widen participation and help more young people reach that level.
Members of Britten Sinfonia Academy have performed world premieres by exciting composers like Elena Langer and Tom Coult; performed at Latitude Festival; worked with conductors like Sir Mark Elder, Colin Currie and Sir James MacMillan; presented family arts projects in Cambridge museums; performed on stage at the Barbican with Britten Sinfonia; and performed at Daylight Music in Union Chapel.
The Composer Hub was also an important part of Britten Sinfonia’s commitment to unearthing and developing new compositional talent and the scheme launched in 2017 with mentor Tom Coult; in later years they were joined by mentor Edmund Finnis. The young composers’ opportunities were varied and included: writing a string quartet for a masterclass with Sir James MacMillan; writing a piece for chamber ensemble to be performed in either The Fitzwilliam Museum, the Museum of Zoology or the Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology; and writing a piece for the full orchestra to be performed and professionally recorded by a sound engineer.