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News & Reviews

Below you will find the latest news, reviews and blog posts from Britten Sinfonia including information on our latest Creative Learning Projects, fundraising campaigns and residencies. To read our press releases please click here.

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Introducing Meurig Bowen

blog 08.09.20

COVID-19 Statement

news 17.03.20

At Lunch Two with Freya Waley-Cohen reviews

Review 27.01.20

Reviews from the second At Lunch concert of the artistic year, featuring a new work, Spell Book, by Freya Waley-Cohen, in addition to her arrangement of Mahler’s Rückert-Lieder.

The Times

Britten Sinfonia with Benjamin Grosvenor reviews

Review 28.11.19

Reviews from Britten Sinfonia’s performances with Benjamin Grosvenor in November 2019.

The Times
Seen and Heard International

Postcards from Asia

blog 21.11.19

Ely Cathedral MacMillan Stabat Mater reviews

Review 12.11.19

Reviews from the performance of Sir James MacMillan’s Stabat Mater in Ely Cathedral as a part of the Cambridge Music Festival, in November 2019.

About My Area

New York MacMillan Stabat Mater reviews

Review 12.11.19

Reviews from the US premiere performance of Sir James MacMillan’s Stabat Mater at the White Light Festival, Lincoln Center in November 2019.

Concerto Net

Ada Lovelace: Imagining the Analytical Engine reviews

Review 04.11.19

Reviews from an evening of tribute to the 19th-century computing pioneer Ada Lovelace, featuring several world premieres and panel discussion at Milton Court, London, as part of the Barbican’s Life Rewired series.

The Guardian

Eight Seasons reviews

Review 29.10.19

Reviews from Eight Seasons at Norwich Theatre Royal, featuring Leader Thomas Gould.

Norwich Eye

Steve Reich/Gerhard Richter reviews

Review 25.10.19

Reviews from the European premiere performance of Reich/Richter at the Barbican and Saffron Hall, programmed with Reich’s Runner and Pulse (Saffron Hall only).

The Times
The Observer
The Guardian
The Telegraph
Bachtrack
The Quietus
London Jazz News

Le grand inconnu with The Sixteen reviews

Review 15.10.19

Reviews from the UK premiere performance of Sir James MacMillan’s The Sun Danced, with soprano Mary Bevan, and the London premiere of MacMillan’s Fifth Symphony Le grand inconnu, performed by The Sixteen, Genesis Sixteen and Britten Sinfonia, conducted by Harry Christophers in October 2019.

The Times
The Arts Desk
The Guardian
The Telegraph
Catholic Herald

Refugee reviews

Review 23.09.19

Reviews from the UK premiere performance of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Refugee, performed by tenor Allan Clayton and conducted by Andrew Gourlay in September 2019, in a programme of Tippett, Britten and Knussen.

The Times
The Guardian
The Financial Times

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Nevill Holt Opera reviews

Review 13.06.19

Reviews from Nevill Holt Opera’s production of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in June 2019 featuring Britten Sinfonia, conducted by Nicholas Chalmers.

The Telegraph
The Sunday Times
The Arts Desk
Bachtrack
Town and Country Magazine
The Stage

Donizetti’s Il Paria reviews

Review 10.06.19

Reviews from Britten Sinfonia and Opera Rara’s concert performance of Donizetti’s Il Paria, conducted by Sir Mark Elder in June 2019.

Classical Source

Beethoven Symphony Cycle (No 9) reviews

Review 29.05.19

Reviews from performances of Beethoven Symphony No. 9 and Gerald Barry’s ‘The Eternal Recurrence’ with Thomas Adès.

The Times
BachTrack
Classical Source
Eastern Daily Press

Four Quartets reviews

Review 24.05.19

Reviews from Four Quartets at the Barbican Theatre, London, in May 2019.

The Times

Beethoven Symphony Cycle Brighton Festival review

Review 23.05.19

Review from the performance of Beethoven Symphonies Nos 1 and 2, conducted by Thomas Adès, at the Brighton Festival.

Brighton and Hove Independent

Sound Unbound: Beethoven Symphony No. 3 ‘Eroica’ reviews

Review 21.05.19

Reviews from the Barbican’s Sound Unbound Festival, featuring Britten Sinfonia’s performance of Beethoven Symphony No. 3 ‘Eroica’ conducted by Thomas Adès, and introduced by Stephen Fry.

The Guardian

Beethoven Symphony Cycle (Nos 7 & 8) reviews

Review 20.05.19

Reviews from performances of Beethoven’s Symphonies Nos 7 and 8, alongside the premiere of Gerald Barry’s Viola Concerto, performed by Lawrence Power, as part of Year Three of our Beethoven Symphony Cycle:

The Guardian
The Times
BachTrack
Classical Source
Classical Voice America
Journal of Music

BBC Proms 2019

news 17.04.19

A Sheen of Dew on Flowers reviews

Review 15.04.19

Reviews from A Sheen of Dew on Flowers at Barbican Hall:

Classical Source
Financial Times

Brad Mehldau Piano Concerto reviews

Review 18.03.19

Reviews from Brad Mehldau’s Piano Concerto with Britten Sinfonia at Barbican Hall:

The Times
The Guardian
The Telegraph
The Financial Times
London Jazz News

Colin Matthews Octet reviews

Review 08.02.19

Reviews from Britten Sinfonia’s Colin Matthews Octet performance at Wigmore Hall:

The Times
The Observer

Elder conducts Brahms and Mahler reviews

Review 21.01.19

Reviews from Britten Sinfonia’s performances with Sir Mark Elder in the second instalment of their Brahms Symphony Cycle:

Seen and Heard
Bachtrack
Classical Source

Serenading Lincs reviews

Review 29.11.18

Reviews from Britten Sinfonia’s performances with Mark Padmore on their Serenading Lincs tour:

Spalding Today

The Last Letter reviews

Review 12.11.18

Reviews from Britten Sinfonia’s performances of The Last Letter:

Opera Today
The Times
The Daily Telegraph

BBC Prom 70: Tango reviews

Review 11.09.18

Reviews from Britten Sinfonia’s appearance at the BBC Proms 2018:

Broadway World
Classical Source
Music Omh
Sunday Express
The Times

OPUS2018

news 27.07.18

Oliver Knussen

blog 10.07.18

Powder Her Face reviews

Review 02.07.18

Reviews from Britten Sinfonia’s performances of Powder Her Face at Nevill Holt Opera:

The Guardian
The Stage

Beethoven Symphony Cycle (Nos 4 & 5) reviews

Review 23.05.18

Reviews from performances of Beethoven’s Symphonies Nos 4 and 5, part of year two of our Beethoven Symphony Cycle:

Bachtrack
Classical Source
Evening Standard
Financial Times
The Guardian
The Observer
Eastern Daily Press
The Times

Meet Joshua Bloom

blog 26.04.18

Stabat Mater – Sistine Chapel reviews

Review 24.04.18

Reviews from Britten Sinfonia’s performance of James MacMillan’s Stabat Mater with The Sixteen at the Sistine Chapel:

The Times
The Tablet

St John Passion reviews

Review 04.04.18

Reviews from Bach’s St John Passion at St John’s Smith Square:

Boulezian
The Observer
Planet Hugill

Easter Voices reviews

Review 04.04.18

Reviews from Britten Sinfonia’s Easter Voices concert:

Art Around the Globe
Boulezian

Rhapsody in Blue with Jeremy Denk Reviews

Review 01.03.18

Reviews from Britten Sinfonia’s concerts with pianist Jeremy Denk:

The Telegraph
The Times

Caroline Shaw on Brahms

blog 31.01.18

At Lunch Two Reviews

Review 29.01.18

Reviews from At Lunch Two, the world premiere tour of Leo Chadburn’s Five Loops for the Bathyscaphe

The Observer`

All about 1924

blog 04.01.18

Bernstein Moments

blog 15.11.17

Elder conducts Brahms Reviews

Review 13.11.17

Reviews from Britten Sinfonia’s concerts with Sir Mark Elder 8-10 November:

Bachtrack
Classical Source
The Financial Times
The Guardian
Opera Today
Seen and Heard
The Times

Meet Ailish Tynan

blog 31.10.17

This is Rattle: Helen Grime reviews

Review 22.09.17

Reviews from Britten Sinfonia’s performance during This is Rattle, at Milton Court:

The Times
Classical Source

Meet Elisabeth Kulman

blog 10.08.17

Caroline Shaw on music

blog 04.07.17

Concerts & Tours Manager

news 26.06.17

Beethoven Symphony Cycle (No 3) Reviews

Review 07.06.17

Reviews from Beethoven Symphony Cycle (No 3) at the Barbican, 6 June 2017:

The Spectator
The Arts Desk
Bachtrack
Classical Source

OPUS2017

news 31.05.17

Adès, Barry Beethoven – Chamber Music Reviews

Review 31.05.17

Reviews from Adès, Barry, Beethoven – Chamber Music, 30 May at Milton Court Concert Hall, London.

The Arts Desk
The Times
The Observer

Beethoven Symphony Cycle (No’s 1 and 2) Reviews

Review 31.05.17

Reviews from the first concert in Britten Sinfonia’s 3-year Beethoven Symphony Cycle with Thomas Adès.

Bachtrack
Classical Source
The Guardian
The Telegraph
The Times

At Lunch Three Reviews

Review 28.04.17

Reviews from At Lunch Three, featuring the world premiere tour of Brian Elias’ new Oboe Quintet:

The Times
Seen and Heard

Podcast with Brian Elias

news 21.04.17

Bach’s St John Passion Reviews

Review 18.04.17

Reviews from Britten Sinfonia’s Easter performances of Bach’s St John Passion with tenor Mark Padmore and Britten Sinfonia Voices:

Classical Source
The Guardian
The Independent
Music OHM
The Spectator
The Telegraph
The Times

Meet Mark Stone

blog 17.04.17

Meet Mark Padmore

blog 22.03.17

Stabat Mater CD Reviews

Review 06.03.17

Reviews of James MacMillan’s Stabat Mater world premiere recording, with The Sixteen and Harry Christophers. Out now on CORO.

Classical Ear
Grammophone
The Guardian
The Herald
Music Web International
Planet Hugill
The Times

John Adams at 70 Reviews

Review 28.02.17

Reviews from John Adams at 70, at the Barbican on 25 February 2017

The Guardian
Classical Source
The Financial Times

Mahan Esfahani directs

Review 06.02.17

Reviews from Mahan Esfahani directs.

The Guardian
Independent

Meet Max the Brave

blog 20.01.17

Black Friday offer

news 24.11.16

Independent Opera

Review 18.11.16

Reviews from the performances of Karl Amadeus Hartmann’s Simplicius Simplicissimus.

The Independent
The Arts Desk
The Guardian
Planet Hugill
The New York Times
The Sunday Express
The Observer

Meet Mahan Esfahani

blog 16.11.16

Time lapse film released

news 14.11.16

Stabat Mater with The Sixteen

Review 17.10.16

Reviews from the world premiere performances of James MacMillan’s Stabat Mater with The Sixteen.

The Times
Arts Desk
Classical Source
The Guardian
The Financial Times
The Tablet

Side by Side

news 23.08.16

BBC Proms 2016

Review 17.08.16

Reviews from our performance at the 2016 BBC Proms conducted by Thomas Adès and featuring cellist Steven Isserlis and violinist Augustin Hadelich.

The Guardian
Independent
Classical Source
BachTrack
Thoroughly Good blog
MusicOMH
The Observer

New Principal Horn

news 20.07.16

The Dark Mirror : Zender’s Winterreise

Review 16.05.16

Reviews from Netia Jones’ dramatic staging of Zender’s Winterreise starring Ian Bostridge, co-produced by the Barbican and Britten Sinfonia.

Financial Times
The Observer
The Arts Desk
The Telegraph
The Guardian
The Times
The Stage
The Cusp

Benjamin Grosvenor directs

Review 03.05.16

Reviews from our concerts with young pianist Benjamin Grosvenor , which also celebrated Jacqueline Shave’s first ten years as Britten Sinfonia leader

The Times
The Guardian
Independent
The Telegraph
Thoroughly Good blog

At Lunch Four 2015-16

Review 15.04.16

Reviews from our At Lunch Four concerts featuring a new work by Bryce Dessner

Cambridge News

Tour to China

news 11.04.16

James MacMillan’s Seven Last Words from the Cross

Review 22.03.16

Reviews from our Easter performances in Birmingham, Cambridge and London of James MacMillan’s Seven Last Words from the Cross conducted by Eamonn Dougan

The Times
The Guardian
Bachtrack
Cambridge News
Birmingham Post

Louis Andriessen in Focus One: La Passione

Review 11.02.16

Reviews from our concert featuring Louis Andriessen’s La Passione alongside Steve Martland’s Tiger Dancing and Steve Reich’s The Desert Music at the Barbican.

Financial Times
The Guardian
The Times
ArtsDesk
Classical Source
OPera Today