Britten Sinfonia’s Creative Learning programme uses a combination of live events, workshops, masterclasses, study days and online initiatives to animate the themes of Britten Sinfonia concerts and further the understanding and enjoyment of music.

From today (2 October 2007), as part of the programme, the orchestra launches the first of a series of seven podcasts (a.k.a. SinfoniaCasts), at, featuring interviews with musicians and featured guest artists.

SinfoniaCasts, hosted by Fiona Talkington, are a development of the orchestra’s growing web profile, which now includes blogs and interactive learning activities on its own site, and entries on a number of popular networking sites including MySpace, Facebook, You Tube, and images on Flickr.

The first SinfoniaCast, produced by Lyndon Jones, features Fiona Talkington in conversation with Britten Sinfonia Chief Executive David Butcher, Martin Outram (viola), Miranda Dale (2nd violin), Caroline Dearnley (cello) and Joy Farrall (clarinet). The second SinfoniaCast features Alina Ibragimova discussing her acclaimed new Hyperion recording of Hartmann’s Concerto Funébre and forthcoming tour with Britten Sinfonia which opens the orchestra’s season on 22 - 24 October. It will be available online from 15 October.

Further SinfoniaCasts during the season include a discussion with Gil Goldstein on the work of Gil Evans and Miles Davis (to tie-in with the orchestra’s homage to the two jazz greats at the London Jazz Festival and Town Hall, Birmingham on 24 & 27 November), conversations with composers Richard Causton and Pawel Lukaszewski , a special focus on the orchestra’s Creative Learning Programme, and an examination of Stravinsky’s Pulcinella. Britten Sinfonia musicians are joined on SinfoniaCast by many of the season’s guest artists, including conductor Masaaki Suzuki and pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard. A jazz-flavoured SinfoniaCast is up next, downloadable in mid-November.

How to download SinfoniaCasts. Simply go to and follow the links.


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