Resident Orchestra

Discover more about your resident orchestra Britten Sinfonia.

We are proud to welcome Britten Sinfonia in its second season as Saffron Hall Resident Orchestra. Since performing the opening concert at Saffron Hall in 2013, we have developed a close affinity with Britten Sinfonia and relish the opportunity to work with one of the world’s most forward-thinking and creatively adventurous ensembles, both on the concert stage and across the local community.

Britten Sinfonia’s 2018-19 season begins on Saturday 10 November with a concert commemorating the end of the Great War featuring a premiere of Nico Muhly’s The Last Letter.  The orchestra returns to Saffron Hall on 22 December to perform Handel’s Messiah with a scintillating line-up of soloists, including Saffron Hall’s artist in residence Iestyn Davies, and on 19 January 2019 for a concert of Mahler and Brahms conducted by Mark Elder. The final instalment of their Beethoven Symphony Cycle, conducted by Thomas Adès, will form a part of our Spring 2018/19 programme, taking place in May 2019.


Other programmes and projects this season include:

• Open rehearsals giving audiences a “behind the scenes” perspective on how an orchestra prepares for a concert
• Pre-concert talks with guest artists and Britten Sinfonia musicians who will introduce the music, enabling audiences to gain an insight into each programme
• The chance to meet and talk to musicians and guest artists in post-concert events
• Open rehearsals and masterclasses for Saffron Walden County High School students
• Subsidised tickets for under 18s and students to the evening concert series

About Britten Sinfonia

Britten Sinfonia is one of the world’s most celebrated and pioneering ensembles. The orchestra is acclaimed for its virtuoso musicianship, an inspired approach to concert programming which makes bold, intelligent connections across 400 years of repertoire, and a versatility that is second to none. Britten Sinfonia breaks the mould by not having a principal conductor or director, instead choosing to collaborate with a range of the finest international guest artists from across the musical spectrum, resulting in performances of rare insight and energy.

Based in Cambridge, Britten Sinfonia is an Associate Ensemble at the Barbican in London, has residencies across the east of England in Norwich, Cambridge (where it is an Ensemble-in-Residence at the University) and Saffron Walden, where the orchestra becomes Resident Orchestra at Saffron Hall in Autumn 2016. The orchestra also performs a chamber music series at Wigmore Hall and appears regularly at major UK festivals including the Aldeburgh Festival and BBC Proms. The orchestra’s growing international profile includes regular touring to North and South America and Europe. The orchestra made its debut in China in May 2016 with a three-concert residency in Shanghai, as well as performances in Beijing and Wuhan.

Founded in 1992, the orchestra is inspired by the ethos of Benjamin Britten through world-class performances, illuminating and distinctive programmes where old meets new, and a deep commitment to bringing outstanding music to both the world’s finest concert halls and the local community. Britten Sinfonia is a BBC Radio 3 broadcast partner and regularly records for Harmonia Mundi and Hyperion.