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London Sinfonietta Academy

London Sinfonietta Academy

The London Sinfonietta Academy is an unparalleled opportunity for emerging performers and conductors to train with the world’s leading contemporary music ensemble 

It is an intensive week-long course of rehearsals, masterclasses and networking opportunities culminating in a public performance. The course provides experience and training in performing as part of a contemporary music ensemble, with coaching from our Principal Players. 

The Academy is also a notable route in our Emerging Artists Programme, an opportunity for the next generation of exceptional contemporary classical musicians to get involved in the working life of the ensemble. Find out more about our current Emerging Artists. 

My participation in the Academy has already positively influenced my approach to music in many ways and I am certain that I will benefit from it for years to come. " London Sinfonietta Academy Participant, 2015
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


How to apply

Applications for the 2017 Academy have now closed. The course will take place in London in July 2017. 

Applicants will be invited to audition in February 2017 where they will meet some of the London Sinfonietta Principal Players and be asked to perform a sight-reading piece, a prepared orchestral excerpt and a solo unaccompanied piece of their choice, all from the 20th or 21st century. 

Conductor candidates will be asked to submit three examples of their work, usually in the form of videos showcasing examples of conducting orchestral repertoire from the 20th or 21st centuries.


The London Sinfonietta Academy is supported by the Idlewild Trust, The Barbara Whatmore Charitable Trust, The D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust and Help Musicians UK.