For over a decade, players from the Academy have been mentoring the orchestral players of the future, working side by side with members of Southbank Sinfonia. This training ensemble provides performance and collaborative opportunities for young players making the transition from studying at a conservatoire to playing for a professional orchestra.
The Academy is Southbank Sinfonia’s chamber orchestra partner, and as such provides distinctive training for the young ensemble in the performance of chamber repertoire, communicating and working effectively as an ensemble, and making artistic decisions. The members work in the spirit of the Academy, performing without a conductor as a collaborative ensemble. The project promotes musical entrepreneurism and refines the fundamental attributes required of prospering ensemble musicians, ensuring that Southbank Sinfonia members are equipped for a career in the orchestral sector.
The three-day project culminates in a free rush-hour performance on Thursday 11th February at St John’s Waterloo, where the Southbank Sinfonia and members of the Academy will give a joint, unconducted performance of Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, Brahms’ Variations on a Theme of Joseph Haydn and Haydn’s Symphony No.90.
This exciting initiative is supported by the Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation.