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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.

If you would like to be notified when applications for future iterations of the Academy open please email

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.

It’s been very stimulating and I’ve got so much out of it. It’s a privilege to play next to Sinfonietta players. London Sinfonietta Academy Participant 2019
The course has cemented my passion for contemporary music. London Sinfonietta Academy Participant

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.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 Academy has been postponed until July 2021. We are developing a new year-round programme of activity, supporting young musicians and giving them more opportunities with the London Sinfonietta. The programme will culminate in an intensive course and concert in July 2021.

For further information please email Christine Andrews.

The London Sinfonietta Academy 2021 is generously supported by The Aspinwall Educational Trust, The Barbara Whatmore Charitable Trust, The Fidelio Charitable Trust, The Garrick Charitable Trust, The Derek Hill Foundation, The Boris Karloff Charitable Foundation ,The Steven R. Gerber Trust, The Aspinwall Educational Trust, The Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation, The Radcliffe Trust, The Thriplow Trust and Idlewild Trust.                                                                                                     

London Sinfonietta Academy Repertoire list 2009-2018

LS Academy Repertoire 2009-2018.pdf