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London Sinfonietta Academy

The London Sinfonietta Academy is an unparalleled opportunity for emerging performers in new music - an annual intensive course of rehearsals, training and playing alongside London Sinfonietta Principal Players, culminating in a public performance.

Applications for the 2020 London Sinfonietta Academy are now open!

London Sinfonietta Academy Application Form

London Sinfonietta Academy 2020 Application Form.doc

London Sinfonietta Academy 2020 Information Pack

London Sinfonietta Academy 2020 Information Pack.pdf

London Sinfonietta Academy Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form

London Sinfonietta Academy Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form.docx

London Sinfonietta Academy has proved to be 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 more than 230 young musicians have participated, and many of them have become freelance players with London Sinfonietta and members of 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.

Fantastic! It has given me a taste of what it is like
to work as part of a professional ensemble. London Sinfonietta Academy Participant, 2017
The course has cemented my passion for contemporary music. London Sinfonietta Academy Participant, 2017

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 composers including Gerard Grisey, Rolf Wallin and George Benjamin

For further information please email Christine Andrews.

The London Sinfonietta Academy 2020 is generously supported by The Barbara Whatmore Charitable Trust, The Garrick Charitable Trust and The Steven R. Gerber Trust. We are also grateful to the supporters of the London Sinfonietta Academy in 2019, The Aspinwall Educational Trust, The Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation, The Leche Trust, The Radcliffe Trust, The Thompson Educational Trust, The Thistle Trust and Idlewild Trust.                                                                                                     

London Sinfonietta Academy Repertoire list 2009-2018

LS Academy Repertoire 2009-2018.pdf