Since its formation the London Sinfonietta has earned an international
reputation for its performances and recordings of twentieth century
music. Its artistic policy embraces an essential commitment to the
work of living composers and aims to increase access to new music
through innovative ways of presentation and a highly developed education
The ensemble performs an enormously diverse repertoire, for small
to very large forces. Of 225 world premiere performances, over 100
have been specially commissioned. It enjoys close associations with
many of the world's most established living composers, and champions
the music of younger generations.
The Sinfonietta presents regular London concerts at the South
Bank Centre, where it is an Associate. It is also a regular visitor
to major international festivals. The ensemble has made over 100
recordings, winning awards for many of its discs, including the
highly successful Symphony No. 3 by Henryk Górecki, which
has sold almost 1 million copies worldwide.
Since 1983 the Sinfonietta's flourishing education programme has
encouraged creative music-making among as wide a public as possible.
Sinfonietta Response and Explorations events complement the education
programme, with films, workshops and discussions adding to the enjoyment
and appreciation of the music presented: to-date Response projects
have been held throughout England, and in Germany, Japan, and Norway.
The London Sinfonietta receives support from the Arts Council
of England, the BBC, the British Council, and the Performing Right