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London Sinfonietta

Resident at Southbank Centre, the London Sinfonietta is one of the world’s finest contemporary music ensembles with a reputation built on cutting-edge programming and virtuosic performances. Founded in 1968, the ensemble has a commitment to new music that has seen it commission over 400 works, and premiere hundreds more. 

Its mission is to place the best contemporary classical music at the heart of today’s culture; engaging and challenging the public through inspiring performances of the highest standard, and taking risks to develop new work and talent. 

The ensemble’s 2020/21 season presents programmes for the people, integrating the pubic and themes from today’s society throughout its curation, from climate change to LGBTQ+ representation.

The season kicks off with a free day of new music from a wide range of composers, curated for audiences new and old, on The Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall, in an opportunity to experience contemporary music in a casual setting and to participate in some music-making on the day. 

Cross-genre approaches continue to influence the ensemble, as they welcome back art students from Central Saint Martins who respond to the music of James Dillon and Chaya Czernowin. 

Tenor Mark Padmore returns with composer Luke Bedford’s new work In the Voices of the Living; a commission from Columbia University professor George Lewis is at the heart of a concert celebrating voices from around the world.

Laura Bowler’s new work set to the text of Extinction Rebellion’s manifesto invites the public to contribute images that represent their experience of climate change.

The ensemble also welcomes back musicians from the Royal Academy of Music Manson Ensemble in an evening dedicated to composer Claude Vivier, conducted by Ilan Volkov.
 

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Graphic of a clarinetist and a saxophone
7:45 pm
Wed 08 Jul 2020
7:45 pm | Wed 08 Jul 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
The young musicians of London Sinfonietta Academy showcase their talents
The young musicians of London Sinfonietta Academy showcase their talents
A crowd at The Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall

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Free

1:00 pm
Sat 03 Oct 2020
1:00 pm | Sat 03 Oct 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
Enter new soundworlds and get involved in music-making with the London Sinfonietta
Enter new soundworlds and get involved in music-making with the London Sinfonietta
Conductor with London SInfonietta
7:30 pm
Thu 03 Dec 2020
7:30 pm | Thu 03 Dec 2020
classical music
contemporary classical
The London premiere of James Dillon’s otherworldly fairy tale, with the London Sinfonietta
The London premiere of James Dillon’s otherworldly fairy tale, with the London Sinfonietta
Mark Padmore, tenor
7:45 pm
Tue 19 Jan 2021
7:45 pm | Tue 19 Jan 2021
classical music
contemporary classical
A world premiere by Luke Bedford brings past voices into the present, with the London Sinfonietta
A world premiere by Luke Bedford brings past voices into the present, with the London Sinfonietta
London Sinfonietta performing on stage
7:30 pm
Wed 24 Feb 2021
7:30 pm | Wed 24 Feb 2021
classical music
contemporary classical
Vimbayi Kaziboni conducts a brand new work by George Lewis, performed by the London Sinfonietta
Vimbayi Kaziboni conducts a brand new work by George Lewis, performed by the London Sinfonietta
A choir performing on stage
7:30 pm
Wed 17 Mar 2021
7:30 pm | Wed 17 Mar 2021
classical music
contemporary classical
Classical music meets its audience in a work inspired by Midsummer Night’s Dream
Classical music meets its audience in a work inspired by Midsummer Night’s Dream
Extinction Rebellion protesting
7:45 pm
Fri 30 Apr 2021
7:45 pm | Fri 30 Apr 2021
classical music
contemporary classical
The London Sinfonietta and composer Laura Bowler perform the Extinction Rebellion manifesto
The London Sinfonietta and composer Laura Bowler perform the Extinction Rebellion manifesto
Nicole Lizée, composer
7:30 pm
Thu 13 May 2021
7:30 pm | Thu 13 May 2021
classical music
contemporary classical
The London Sinfonietta performs Claude Vivier’s masterwork, Lonely Child
The London Sinfonietta performs Claude Vivier’s masterwork, Lonely Child
London Sinfonietta performing on stage
7:45 pm
Wed 07 Jul 2021
7:45 pm | Wed 07 Jul 2021
classical music
contemporary classical
The new generation has arrived – hear them live, presented by the London Sinfonietta
The new generation has arrived – hear them live, presented by the London Sinfonietta