One of Europe's most celebrated and pioneering orchestras, Britten Sinfonia is praised for the quality of its performances and an intelligent approach to concert programming that is centred around the development of its players. Unusually it does not have a principal conductor or director but chooses to collaborate with a range of the finest international guest artists from across the musical spectrum as suited to each particular project.
Britten Sinfonia has residencies in Cambridge and Norwich, a major concert series at London's Southbank Centre and Wigmore Hall and appears regularly at the Barbican Centre and major festivals including the BBC Proms. The orchestra has a blossoming international profile and records for Hyperion and Harmonia Mundi. Britten Sinfonia's Creative Learning programme gives young people and adults a context for the music that is heard on stage through workshops, online resources and specially devised performances.
The orchestra has received many awards including the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Chamber Music Award in May 2009 for its Britten Sinfonia at Lunch series, the RPS Ensemble Award in 2007 in recognition of its work and a Gramophone Award.