Association of British Orchestras

London Sinfonietta

Contact details

Kings Place 90 York Way
N1 9AG
The London Sinfonietta is one of the world’s leading contemporary music ensembles with a reputation built on the virtuosity of its performances and ambitious programming. It is committed to placing new music at the heart of contemporary culture and continually pushing boundaries, regularly undertaking projects with choreographers, video artists, film-makers, electronica artists, jazz and folk musicians. The ensemble is Resident Orchestra at Southbank Centre with its headquarters at Kings Place. Famed for its commitment to the creation of new music, the London Sinfonietta has commissioned over 300 works since its foundation in 1968, and premiered many hundreds more. World and UK premieres last season included Steve Reich’s Radio Rewrite (a London Sinfonietta co-commission) – inspired by the music of Radiohead and given its world premiere by the London Sinfonietta in March, David Fennessy’s 13 Factories (UK premiere), Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen’s Run (world-premiere) and Renewal by Luke Bedford (London Sinfonietta commission). Forthcoming commissions in the 2013/14 season include a new clarinet concerto by acclaimed Dutch composer Michel van der Aa (co-commission and world premiere), Ad Marginem by Francisco Coll (LS commission and world premiere) and Seeing is Flux by Edmund Finnis (LS commission and world premiere). The London Sinfonietta’s pioneering young artist programmes include Blue Touch Paper, which nurtures the next generation of cross-art-form collaborators; Writing the Future, a programme which enables young composers to work with London Sinfonietta musicians as they make new music; and the London Sinfonietta Academy, which gives the UK’s finest young musicians the opportunity to come together to further their performance experience and training in an intensive week-long course each summer. The London Sinfonietta Label and releases on NMC Recordings and Signum Records present a recordings catalogue of the finest new music. Forthcoming releases in the 2013/14 season include George Benjamin Into the Little Hill, Dai Fujikura Double Bass Concerto and Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen Portrait with Theatre of Voices.

Annual Conference

The next ABO conference will take place in Gateshead,
hosted by The Glasshouse ICM, from 5-7 February 2025.