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London Sinfonietta – Artistic Associate

‘If I were the British Government I would declare the London Sinfonietta a National Treasure... Long may they continue to make new music!’ Steve Reich

Kings Place has been London Sinfonietta’s administrative headquarters since we opened our doors in 2008. As one of Kings Place’s key collaborators, the ensemble has played a standout role in the Unwrapped series and Kings Place Festival each year since, becoming our Artistic Associate in Autumn 2015. Highlights have included performances as diverse as Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time, Riley’s In C and Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht, alongside one-off collaborations with pop band Micachu and the Shapes, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Ugandan drummers. Kings Place is proud to support the London Sinfionetta’s education projects  by hosting regular secondary schools concerts.

The London Sinfonietta’s 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. Since its inaugural concert in 1968, the London Sinfonietta’s commitment to making new music has seen it commission over 300 works, and premiere many hundreds more. The ensemble’s focus continues to evolve and now explores music of the 21st century, while using the second half of the 20th century as context. The ensemble is Resident Orchestra at Southbank Centre whilst continuing to take the best contemporary music to venues and festivals across the world with a busy touring schedule.

The core of the London Sinfonietta is 18 Principal Players, representing some of the best solo and ensemble musicians in the world. The ensemble also has an annual summer Academy while its Emerging Artists Programme gives brilliant professional musicians at the start of promising careers the opportunity to work alongside those Principal Players on stage. Their recordings present a catalogue of 20th and 21st century classics, on numerous prestigious labels as well as its own London Sinfonietta Label. Having held a world-leading position in education and participation work for many years, the London Sinfonietta continues this with a belief that arts participation is transformational to individuals and communities, and new music is relevant to people’s lives. The ensemble has broken new ground recently by releasing a participatory rhythm-learning app based on Steve Reich’s Clapping Music. It has been downloaded around the world.

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Hall Two

London Sinfonietta: The Story of a New Era

Wednesday, 4 October 2017 - 7:30pm /

Now in its 50th year, the London Sinfonietta has never been afraid to take risks. Join us for an exclusive conversation with co-founders David Atherton and Nicholas Snowman and Principal Pianist John Constable as they look back at how the orchestra first came to life.

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Hall Two

London Sinfonietta – Turning Points: Installation

Saturday, 4 November 2017 - 4:00pm /

The London Sinfonietta collaborated a great deal with Berio during the 1970s and 1980s, helping both ensemble and composer to establish an international reputation, and this event forms an enlightening part of the ensemble’s 50th anniversary season.

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Kings Place

London Sinfonietta: Berio – Theatre of the World

Saturday, 4 November 2017 - 6:00pm /

Luciano Berio was one of the towering musical personalities of the post-war avant-garde and one of the important collaborators with the London Sinfonietta in the 1970s, helping the group establish its international reputation. This event forms an important part of the ensemble’s 50th season celebrations.

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Hall One

Turning Points: Space-Time – London Sinfonietta

Saturday, 24 March 2018 - 7:00pm /

The early part of the 20th century was epitomised by drastic reinvention and new ways of thinking. Albert Einstein’s ‘thought experiments’ led to a completely new model of the space-time continuum – the implications of which are still being understood and proved today.

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Hall One

On the Hour – London Sinfonietta

Saturday, 20 October 2018 - 7:00pm /

Time underpins all music – whether composers suspend it or mark it passing. London Sinfonietta’s second concert in Kings Place’s Time Unwrapped is in three parts, each starting strictly on the hour.

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Photo credit: Kevin Leighton