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The next generation in action

Southbank Centre's Purcell Room, London | St Eanswythe’s Church, Folkestone


After an inspiring week-long course of exploration and tuition with London Sinfonietta’s expert Principal Players, this season’s best young musicians present the fruits of their labours with a captivating performance of new music, conducted by “inspirational” (Bachtrack) London Sinfonietta Academy alumnus Geoffrey Paterson.

Playing side-by-side with mentors from the London Sinfonietta ensemble, the young musicians will showcase their prodigious talents in a programme of British repertoire from the 20th and 21st centuries, including two world premieres. Samantha Fernando’s new piece written especially for the Academy ensemble explores colour and texture in blocks of collective sound. The London Sinfonietta Principals will then demonstrate their skills in the Royal Overseas League composition prize-winning new piece by Kai Kubota-Enright.

In an exciting first, the London Sinfonietta will also perform a similar programme as part of the Folkestone New Music Festival the following day.

Pierre Boulez  Initiale
Harrison Birtwistle  The World Is Discovered 
Kai Kubota-Enright  Night, the automaton dreams (World premiere)
Mark-Antony Turnage  Dark Crossing
Sam Fernando  Sound Inhabitants (London Sinfonietta commission, World premiere)
Steven Gerber  Three Pieces for Two Violins
Diana Burrell  Bronze 

Geoffrey Paterson  conductor
London Sinfonietta Academy
London Sinfonietta

Produced by the London Sinfonietta
The London Sinfonietta Academy 2023 is generously supported by the John S Cohen Foundation, Radcliffe Trust, Steven R. Gerber Trust, Thriplow Trust, Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation, The Fidelio Charitable Trust, The D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust and with the friendly support of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation.
This performance is kindly supported by the Vaughan Williams Foundation.
  • Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation
  • Vaughan Williams Foundation
"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
Academy players 2022

London Sinfonietta Academy 

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

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  • £10

    Venue: (view map)

    Purcell Room
    Southbank Centre
    Belvedere Rd
    London SE1 8XX

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  • Venue:

    Church St
    CT20 1SE