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Developing Talent

The London Sinfonietta supports emerging talent with its year-round programmes for composers, conductors and performers, giving early-career artists the opportunity to develop new skills and contacts as they establish themselves in the professional arena.

I hugely value this relationship that has led me to direct such varied projects.
Geoffrey Paterson, conductor, Academy participant in 2010
It’s been very stimulating and I’ve got so much out of it.
It’s a privilege to play next to London Sinfonietta players. Academy Participant July 2019

The fourth edition of the composer development programme Writing the Future was launched in the 2019/20 season and will culminate in new works being performed in the 2021/22 season.  A diverse group of composers have been given the chance to create imaginative new works that will form part of the main London Sinfonietta season of concerts. The research and development project Blue Touch Paper also enters a new phase, with composers asked to create engaging digital works of art for online audiences.

The London Sinfonietta Academy provides workshops, coaching and performance opportunities for young musicians. Its annual summer course is especially popular, encouraging young players from around the UK to hone their new music performance skills by working directly alongside London Sinfonietta professionals. The new London Sinfonietta Junior Academy offers workshop days and side-by-side performances for younger musicians, introducing concepts at the heart of new music to players who are keen to pursue further musical training.

You are given the opportunity to dream big and fulfil the creation of projects that are ambitious, which is rare as an emerging composer, and having these performed as part of the London Sinfonietta’s season is invaluable for exposure. [The London Sinfonietta] are an ensemble truly dedicated to bold, new work and nurturing relationships with composers who are underrepresented and from different backgrounds, which is so needed in this industry. Alicia Jane Turner, Writing the Future participant, 2019-21