Britten Sinfonia does not have a principal conductor or director, but instead chooses to collaborate with a range of the finest international guest artists from across the musical spectrum as suited to a particular project. Recent seasons have included projects with Christopher Hogwood, Efterklang, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Nico Muhly, Mark Padmore, Imogen Cooper, and Polyphony.
Britten Sinfonia has residencies in Cambridge and Norwich and in October 2012 they began a residency relationship with the Barbican Centre, London. The orchestra also performs in many of Europe’s finest concert halls and festivals including the BBC Proms, the City of London Festival, Glyndebourne and venues such as the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and Lincoln Center, New York.
The group enjoys a blossoming international profile, including tours of South America, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain and Mexico. They made their New York debut in the 2011/12 season under composer/conductor, Thomas Adés, with the Britten Sinfonia’s regular guest artist, Pekka Kuusisto, performing the former’s Violin Concerto. The orchestra has received many prizes including the Royal Philharmonic Society Chamber Music Award, the RPS Ensemble Award in 2007, and a 2008 Gramophone Award.
"It is hard to think of another British group that might so enthusiastically meander between appearing at Latitude, working with folk musician such as Danish collective Efterklang, pursuing projects with composers, or performing with some of the doyennes of the classical repertoire…" (The Guardian)
"…there are few more thrilling and many-coloured things in British music than the Britten Sinfonia on top form." (The Daily Telegraph)