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London Sinfonietta Academy

London Sinfonietta Academy

The London Sinfonietta Academy is an unparalleled opportunity for emerging performers in new music.

Every year for the past decade the London Sinfonietta has presented the annual LS Academy; an intensive course of rehearsals, training and playing alongside London Sinfonietta Principal Players, culminating in a public performance. It has proved an invaluable opportunity for young musicians who are about to enter the profession, to train with and learn from one of the world’s leading contemporary music ensembles.

Since 2009 over 230 young musicians have participated in the Academy programme, and over 40 of them have become freelance players with London Sinfonietta as well as other major UK and international ensembles. It remains the foremost training scheme of its kind in the UK, focusing solely on the expert playing of contemporary repertoire.

As well as focusing on seminal repertoire from the late 20th century by Birtwistle, Ligeti and Knussen to name a few, the London Sinfonietta has commissioned new works by composers such as Larry Goves, Deborah Pritchard and Benjamin Oliver. In the tradition of the London Sinfonietta this gives participants the unique experience of premiering a new piece of music, working with its composer to bring it to life. Guest conductors who have led the project have included George Benjamin, Elgar Howarth, Diego Masson and Peter Rundel.

Since 2017 the London Sinfonietta Academy has included a side-by-side ensemble with London Sinfonietta players, allowing the students to experience playing alongside professionals, and enabling them to tackle larger scale repertoire by Gerard Grisey, Rolf Wallin and George Benjamin.

For a full list of London Sinfonietta Academy repertoire please see below.

Details of how to apply for the 2019 course will be posted on this page in autumn 2018.

The London Sinfonietta Academy is generously supported by The Barbara Whatmore Charitable Trust, D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation and The Roger and Ingrid Pilkington Charitable Trust.

The London Sinfonietta remains grateful for the generous support it has received in past years from Garfield Weston Foundation, Help Musicians UK, The Leverhulme Trust, Idlewild Trust, Angus Allnatt Charitable Foundation, The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, The Goldsmiths’ Company Charity, The Fenton Arts Trust and The Garrick Charitable Trust.

London Sinfonietta Academy 2011 – Performance guide to Chamber Concerto by Gyorgy Ligeti

The London Sinfonietta Academy was a really invaluable experience. It was the starting point of a working relationship that remains central to my career. The opportunity for emerging musicians to work alongside professional performers is essential, not only in terms of raising their aspirations, but the impact that it has on their musical and performance skills. London Sinfonietta Academy Participant, 2015

London Sinfonietta Academy 2012 – Performance guide to Coursing by Oliver Knussen

The course has cemented my passion for contemporary music London Sinfonietta Academy Participant, 2017

London Sinfonietta Academy 2014 – Performance guide to Silbury Air by Sir Harrison Birtwistle

Fantastic! It has given me a taste of what it is like to work as part of a professional ensemble, and driven me to continue working to be part of one London Sinfonietta Academy Participant, 2017
The Academy pushed me out of my comfort zone, playing music that I would never normally get the chance to experience. Working with professionals and top young players was daunting but equally rewarding London Sinfonietta Academy Participant, 2017

London Sinfonietta Academy 2015 – Performance guide for Conductors

I have learned so much about my instrument and my own potential, it has been an incredible experience London Sinfonietta Academy Participant, 2017

London Sinfonietta Academy Repertoire list 2009-2018

LS Academy Repertoire 2009-2018.pdf