New Music for New Audiences
The London Sinfonietta always seeks to extend its reach to more people with the inspiring sound of new music. In the coming season we explore new concert formats performed in new locations around the country to make the exciting music of 20th and 21st century composers and artists more accessible than ever.
The space is astounding – a soaring cathedral nave deep inside the womb of a decommissioned printworks The Telegraph on Cave by Tansy Davies and Nick Drake
Extremely enjoyable evening hearing pieces I would not have heard otherwise Audience member, Southampton
In the 2021/22 season we are encouraging artists, audiences and participants to Take Your Place back in our programme of live work. It's a season with a lot of new work - 24 commissions / world premieres - as well as events which celebrate powerful pieces from our past repertoire.
The new work includes music from different genres - from contemporary classical to jazz and experimental - and collaborations with different art forms including video, animation, theatre and literature.
We will also be releasing new monthly content on our London Sinfonietta Digital Channel including a regular series of performance films, videos about new music and podcasts.
Music in Schools and the Community
The London Sinfonietta was the first ensemble in the UK to launch a music education programme. This pioneering spirit has continued and flourished ever since, expanding to include regular performances and workshops with members of the public.
Sound Out is a hugely successful schools programme encompassing creative projects and culminating annually in a concert attended by students from across London and the South East of England. During the lockdowns of 2020 and 2021, we developed the programme to work online with a new set of video Composition Challenges. Schools from around the UK have taken part, extending our reach to 12,000 young people. We are sustaining on-going partnerships with the boroughs of Enfield, Haringey and Waltham Forest, with whom we build a positive environment for creative music-making in the classroom and with instrumental groups, while adding new relationships in Gloucester, Southampton and Isle of Wight schools.
CONNECT is the London Sinfonietta’s public participation programme, named after an ongoing European collaboration that commissions composers to write pieces for the public to perform alongside professional musicians. Cathy Milliken's new work in March 2022 is the 5th such commission. Alex Paxton also includes a school choir in his riotous new work for the London Sinfonietta at the end of March.
The London Sinfonietta is proud to be associated again with CoMA’s bi-annual festival showcasing public involvement in new music across the UK and Europe.
It helped me realise anyone can be a composer – even a pupil! Pupil response to Sound Out 2019
I loved the concept of creating a living, breathing work of art unique to that space and time, and to be part of that collaboration was truly a joy Public participant, March 2019
I didn't like it, I loved it! Pupil response to Sound Out 2018
The London Sinfonietta supports emerging talent with its year-round programmes for composers, conductors and performers, giving early-career artists the opportunity to develop new skills and contacts as they establish themselves in the professional arena.
I hugely value this relationship that has led me to direct such varied projects. Geoffrey Paterson, conductor (Academy participant in 2010)
It’s been very stimulating and I’ve got so much out of it.
It’s a privilege to play next to London Sinfonietta players. Academy Participant July 2019
The fourth edition of the composer development programme Writing the Future was launched in the 2019/20 season and culminates now (after a delay for the pandemic) with new pieces in the 2021/22 season. A diverse group of composers have been given them the chance to write for London Sinfonietta concerts. The research and development project Blue Touch Paper also enters a new phase, with composers asked to create engaging digital works of art for online audiences.
The London Sinfonietta Academy provides workshops, coaching and performance opportunities for young musicians. Its annual summer course is especially popular, encouraging young players from around the UK to hone their new music performance skills by working directly alongside London Sinfonietta professionals. The new London Sinfonietta Junior Academy offers workshop days and side-by-side performances for younger musicians, introducing concepts at the heart of new music to players who are keen to pursue further musical training.