The London Sinfonietta Academy is an unparalleled opportunity for emerging performers in new music.
Applications for the 2019 London Sinfonietta Academy are now closed.
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 many 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.
The London Sinfonietta Academy 2019 is generously supported by The Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation, The Leche Trust, The Radcliffe Trust and The Steven R. Gerber Trust.
We are also grateful to past supporters of the Academy, The Barbara Whatmore Charitable Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation, Help Musicians UK, The Leverhulme Trust and The Roger & Ingrid Pilkington Charitable Trust.
London Sinfonietta Academy: 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: Performance guide to Coursing by Oliver Knussen
The course has cemented my passion for contemporary music London Sinfonietta Academy Participant, 2017
London Sinfonietta Academy: 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: 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