Britten Sinfonia, which features a collection of the country’s most talented and creative musicians, is widely recognised as one of the most innovative chamber ensembles in Europe. It regularly collaborates with internationally acclaimed artists, including Angela Hewitt, Evelyn Glennie, Ian Bostridge and Joanna MacGregor. Britten Sinfonia has been an ensemble in residence since 2002.
Britten Sinfonia gives regular lunchtime and evening concerts in the West Road Concert Hall. In addition it is involved in the Faculty’s programme of composition teaching, partly through contributions to the regular Composers’ Workshop, and also in the form of post-concert discussions with featured composers which are organised by the Cambridge Centre for Musical Performance Studies. Once a year a composition workshop led by a leading composer (such as James MacMillan) offers the opportunity to Music Faculty students of having their compositions rehearsed by members of Britten Sinfonia. Particularly successful works are subsequently performed in Britten Sinfonia’s West Road Concert series.