The 2023-24 season will see the start of the London Sinfonietta Academy Pathways scheme, designed to seek out emerging musicians who are facing barriers that are preventing them from applying to the London Sinfonietta Academy. We will partner with seven higher education institutions across England and work with them to deliver workshops, masterclass and side-by-side events.
Since 2009, there have been 14 editions of the London Sinfonietta Academy, training 272 instrumentalists and 35 conductors auditioned from around the UK. The programme focuses solely on the expert playing of contemporary repertoire and many of the participants have become players with the London Sinfonietta and members of other major UK and international ensembles.
As the programme enters its 15th year, we have begun to think about how the London Sinfonietta supports the next generation of musicians and how we can play our part in diversifying the UK classical music sector, which we know is not representative of the UK in terms of ethnicity, disability and socio-economic background. Using our London Sinfonietta Academy review, completed by independent consultant Judith Robinson in 2022-23 and experiential learning from the coming year, we will consider what the future of the London Sinfonietta Academy looks like and how it can best serve the next generation of contemporary players.