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.
The ensemble is Resident Orchestra at Southbank Centre with headquarters at Kings Place, and continues to take the best contemporary music to venues and festivals across the UK and worldwide with a busy touring schedule. Since its inaugural concert in 1968 - giving the world premiere of Sir John Tavener's The Whale - the London Sinfonietta's commitment to making new music has seen it commission over 300 works, and premiere many hundreds more.
The core of the London Sinfonietta is 18 Principal Players, representing some of the best solo and ensemble musicians in the world. The ensemble has just launched its Emerging Artists Programme, which will give professional musicians at the start of promising and brilliant careers the opportunity to work alongside those Principal Players on stage across the season.
The London Sinfonietta's recordings present a catalogue of 20th-century classics, on numerous prestigious labels as well as the ensemble's own London Sinfonietta Label. Most recently, a performance of Philip Cashian's Piano Concerto was released on NMC.
- 01. Jo Thomas: Wolfie1'39"
- 02. David Horne: Broken Instruments9'27"
- 03. Fraser Trainer: The Colour of Scars5'17"
- 04. Rolf Hind, Solgata8'51"
- 05. Larry Goves: walking underground7'20"
- 06. Tansy Davies: Small Black Stone6'41"
- 07. Luke Bedford: Five Abstracts - II2'09"
- 08. Luke Bedford: Five Abstracts - IV6'09"
- 09. Luke Bedford: Five Abstracts - V4'38"
- 10. Joe Cutler: Without Fear of Vertigo7'54"
- 11. Richard Ayres: No. 24 Noncerto14'14"
- 12. Peter Batchelor: Steamin'3'06"
New works by 10 young composers recorded live at State of the Nation 2001
The Guardian Classical CD of the Week, April 2002
Recorded live by BBC Radio on 21-22 April 2001
Recording venue: Quuen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank Centre, London
Engineers: Michael Bacon, Graeme Petrie-Brown, Rebecca jaworska for BBC Radio 3
Producer: Philip Tagney for BBC Radio 3
Mastering: David Lefeber
Cover image: Francois Hall
(P) 2001 BBC