Britten Sinfonia

Britten Sinfonia - photo credit Harry Rankin

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.

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.    

"There are few more thrililng and many-coloured things in British music than Britten Sinfonia on top form..."  Ivan Hewett, Telegraph

Royal Philharmonic Society 

"The beating heart and conscience of British Musical Life "....      Richard Morrison, The Times 

The Royal Philharmonic Society Gold Medal - one of classical music's highest honours

The Royal Philharmonic Society unites the music profession and its audiences to create a vibrant future for music: supporting and working creatively with talented young performers and composers, championing excellence, and encouraging audiences to listen to, and talk about, great music. The Society has been at the heart of music for over 200 years, with direct links to Beethoven (it commissioned the composer’s Ninth Symphony), Mendelssohn, Wagner and many of the iconic figures of classical music.

"It isn’t easy to explain the purpose and function of the Royal Philharmonic Society concisely and exactly..., but I’d say that it is simply one of its great forces for good".   Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph

"What was started in London in 1813 to "promote the performance, in the most perfect manner possible, of the best and most approved instrumental music" gradually developed into Britain's leading independent musical organisation. The Royal Philharmonic Society remains a unique alliance of those who make music and those who listen to it, and it is celebrating its bicentenary by doing what it's always done best: encouraging composers to compose and performers to perform at the highest possible level."  Leader, The Guardian

Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards

Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards 2016 - photo Kalpesh Patel

The annual RPS Music Awards, presented in association with BBC Radio 3, are the highest recognition for live classical music in the UK. Awards, in thirteen categories, are decided by independent panels consisting of some of the music industry’s most distinguished practitioners. The awards honour musicians, composers, writers, broadcasters and inspirational arts organisations. The list of previous winners reads like a Who’s Who of classical music.  The next RPS Music Awards will take place in Autumn 2019.

"..there is one awards-round that does actually count: the one provided every year by the Royal Philharmonic Society which ... does the job seriously, properly and well."  Telegraph Culture blog

 Southbank Centre

Southbank Centre is the UK’s largest arts centre, occupying a 17­ acre site that sits in the midst of London’s most vibrant cultural quarter on the South Bank of the Thames. The site has an extraordinary creative and architectural history stretching back to the 1951 Festival of Britain. Southbank Centre is home to the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery as well as The National Poetry Library and the Arts Council Collection.  Sophie is working with Southbank Centre as a press consultant on its 2018-2019 classical programme.

Previous clients include:  

  • Spitalfields Music
  • The Roundhouse
  • Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
  • Almeida Opera 
  • London Philharmonic Orchestra 
  • Canary Wharf Arts & Events 
  • Voices Now/Making Music 
  • Hear Here! (Royal Philharmonic Society/Classic FM) 
  • The Clerks