Inside Southbank Sinfonia

An orchestra like no other, based in the heart of London

About Southbank Sinfonia

Classical music needs brilliant young advocates to communicate its power and worth in the 21st century. Every year, Southbank Sinfonia brings together 33 outstanding graduates from all over the world to prepare them for this role.

From Baroque to contemporary and opera to jazz, our musicians tackle a wide range of musical styles as part of an intensive nine month programme. As they plunge into many works for the first time, their appetite is strongly felt by audiences who themselves want to delve deeper into orchestral music. Southbank Sinfonia performs across Britain and Europe, making a blazing case for why classical musical matters.

Central to the experience are partnerships with leading arts organisations. Collaboration with the Royal Opera House and Academy of St Martin in the Fields puts out players alongside the best in the business and gives them first-hand experience of what it takes to be a professional musician today, while partnerships with organisations like the National Theatre enable our players to take their music beyond the usual strongholds of classical music and connect with wider audiences.

Today, former members occupy prominent seats in leading orchestras throughout the world. From the Philharmonia to the Melbourne Symphony, each proudly acknowledges the positive impact that Southbank Sinfonia has made upon their progress.

To find out more about our upcoming concerts and this year’s orchestra, visit


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