Britten Sinfonia

Britten Sinfonia - photo credit Harry Rankin

Britten Sinfonia is one of the world’s most celebrated and pioneering ensembles. The orchestra is acclaimed for its virtuoso musicianship, an inspired approach to concert programming which makes bold, intelligent connections across 400 years of repertoire, and a versatility that is second to none. Britten Sinfonia breaks the mould by not having a principal conductor or director, instead choosing to collaborate with a range of the finest international guest artists from across the musical spectrum, resulting in performances of rare insight and energy.

Britten Sinfonia is an Associate Ensemble at the Barbican in London, has residencies across the east of England in Norwich, Cambridge (where it is an Ensemble-in-Residence at the University) and Saffron Walden, where the orchestra becomes Resident Orchestra at Saffron Hall in Autumn 2016. The orchestra also performs a chamber music series at Wigmore Hall and appears regularly at major UK festivals including the Aldeburgh Festival and BBC Proms. The orchestra’s growing international profile includes regular touring to North and South America and Europe. The orchestra made its debut in China in May 2016 with a three-concert residency in Shanghai, as well as performances in Beijing and Wuhan.

Founded in 1992, the orchestra is inspired by the ethos of Benjamin Britten through world-class performances, illuminating and distinctive programmes where old meets new, and a deep commitment to bringing outstanding music to both the world’s finest concert halls and the local community. Britten Sinfonia is a BBC Radio 3 broadcast partner and regularly records for Harmonia Mundi and Hyperion.    

"There are few more thrililng and many-coloured things in British music than Britten Sinfonia on top form..."  Ivan Hewett, Telegraph

Royal Philharmonic Society 

"The beating heart and conscience of British Musical Life "....      Richard Morrison, The Times 

The Royal Philharmonic Society Gold Medal - one of classical music's highest honours

The Royal Philharmonic Society unites the music profession and its audiences to create a vibrant future for music: supporting and working creatively with talented young performers and composers, championing excellence, and encouraging audiences to listen to, and talk about, great music. The Society has been at the heart of music for over 200 years, with direct links to Beethoven (it commissioned the composer’s Ninth Symphony), Mendelssohn, Wagner and many of the iconic figures of classical music.

"It isn’t easy to explain the purpose and function of the Royal Philharmonic Society concisely and exactly..., but I’d say that it is simply one of its great forces for good".   Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph

"What was started in London in 1813 to "promote the performance, in the most perfect manner possible, of the best and most approved instrumental music" gradually developed into Britain's leading independent musical organisation. The Royal Philharmonic Society remains a unique alliance of those who make music and those who listen to it, and it is celebrating its bicentenary by doing what it's always done best: encouraging composers to compose and performers to perform at the highest possible level."  Leader, The Guardian

Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards

Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards 2016 - photo Kalpesh Patel

The annual RPS Music Awards, presented in association with BBC Radio 3, are the highest recognition for live classical music in the UK. Awards, in thirteen categories, are decided by independent panels consisting of some of the music industry’s most distinguished practitioners. The awards honour musicians, composers, writers, broadcasters and inspirational arts organisations. The list of previous winners reads like a Who’s Who of classical music.   

"..there is one awards-round that does actually count: the one provided every year by the Royal Philharmonic Society which ... does the job seriously, properly and well."  Telegraph Culture blog

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group - photo Robert Day

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group is one of the world’s foremost new music ensembles. Over three decades, BCMG has developed the music of today for the audiences of tomorrow. The ensemble has commissioned over 170 pieces of music from the world’s finest composers and emerging international talent. Many of the works have been commissioned through its innovative pioneering Sound Investment crowd- funding scheme to which over 500 donors have contributed more than £300,000; many of these works have subsequently found their way into worldwide repertoire. BCMG also supports the next generation of exceptional young composers through its Apprentice Composer in Residence scheme, made possible through its partnership with Sound and Music since 2011. Donghoon Shin is the BCMG Apprentice Composer in Residence for the 2017-2018 season.

BCMG was founded by musicians from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in 1987, with Sir Simon Rattle as Founding Patron. Since then, BCMG has reached over 10 million people in concert and through broadcasts. The Group performs regularly at CBSO Centre, Symphony Hall and Town Hall Birmingham, Wigmore Hall in London and at the BBC Proms and Aldeburgh Festival. International tours have included visits to the USA (Library of Congress), Mexico, India and venues across France, Germany and Austria. The Group is regularly heard in concert on BBC Radio 3, and has recorded extensively. Recordings include discs of works by Thomas Adès, Mark-Anthony Turnage and Benjamin Britten, and a Grammy Award-nominated recording of Gerald Barry’s opera, The Importance of Being Earnest, for NMC Recordings. Recent releases include Howard Skempton’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, a series of recordings devoted to British composers including its Artist-in-Association Oliver Knussen, Julian Anderson and Charlotte Bray (all on NMC) and a disc of the works of Elliott Carter on Ondine, due for release on 11 August 2017.

BCMG’s work both inside and outside the concert hall has earned it many awards and accolades. Over the last decade it has been shortlisted for: ITV’s South Bank Show's Classical Music Award; the Royal Philharmonic Society's Ensemble Award and BBC Music Magazine's Chamber Award. Its long established Learning and Participation programmes actively engage young people in composing and performing, and have earned BCMG nationwide recognition (in 2016, the Group was highly commended in the Family Arts Festival Awards).

"BCMG is at the top table of [contemporary music] groups worldwide.  It has created dozens of new works, some of which have become new music classics, and wound itself into the life of the city through its education work and commissioning schemes."  Ivan Hewett, The Telegraph

Previous clients include:  

  • Spitalfields Music
  • The Roundhouse
  • Southbank Centre 
  • Almeida Opera 
  • London Philharmonic Orchestra 
  • Canary Wharf Arts & Events 
  • Voices Now/Making Music 
  • Hear Here! (Royal Philharmonic Society/Classic FM) 
  • The Clerks