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London Sinfonietta Academy

The London Sinfonietta Academy is an unparalleled opportunity for emerging instrumentalists to explore, rehearse and perform new music alongside our musicians.

The London Sinfonietta Academy is the foremost training scheme of its kind in the UK, focussing solely on the expert playing of contemporary repertoire. Since 2009 more than 245 young musicians have participated in the London Sinfonietta Academy, and many of them have become freelance players with the London Sinfonietta and members of other major UK and international ensembles.  

About the scheme

The London Sinfonietta Academy is aimed at emerging musicians who are committed to long-term instrumental career development and would like to broaden their experience of performing contemporary classical repertoire. 

As a member of the London Sinfonietta Academy you will: 

  • Explore seminal 20th Century repertoire, new works and recent commissions
  • Learn from and perform alongside our musicians
  • Attend rehearsals and concerts of new commissions 
  • Attend professional development opportunities with industry experts
  • Discover our Participation and Learning work through training, attending workshops and events

The course is free to participants thanks to the generous support of our donors.  

In 2023-24, there won't be a traditional course, as we develop London Sinfonietta Academy Pathways, a programme aiming to widen the opportunity for emerging instrumentalists to explore, rehearse and perform new music. Click here for more details on Pathways, or check back next year for details of how to apply to the next Academy course.


London Sinfonietta Academy 2023

Our 2023 course took place between the 16-20 July. Read more about the course here, with our collection of photos and reactions to the week. 

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"A fantastic week! Very fast-paced and exciting. Inspiring music-making." Participant 2022
"I have learned very insightful knowledge on contemporary music playing, and I believe this project was a very important step in my career." Participant 2022
"The experience made me ask more of my playing - I feel that my rhythmic precision, confidence to create more extreme sounds and ability to project improved throughout the course. It has made me more confident to approach new repertoire and not be afraid to discuss techniques and interpretation of contemporary music with colleagues." Participant 2022
"Thanks to the amazing coaches, who provided so much to us in sectionals and also in the tutti rehearsals, I now feel that I have a new toolkit for approaching all kinds of music but especially contemporary music." Participant 2022