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Britten Sinfonia launches a new funding scheme in 2013-14, named ‘Musically Gifted’

Britten Sinfonia is a not-for-profit organisation, and a registered charity,  a chamber orchestra ensemble based in Cambridge, UK. It is a flexible ensemble created in 1992 composed of chamber musicians in Europe. The players are freelance musicians who are employed on a project-by-project basis and the ensemble performs around 70 concerts per year and works with hundreds of people in the communities. Now it is launching ‘Musically Gifted’, a flexible funding scheme, which allows audiences to contribute anything from £10 to £10,000 to a new commission. The scheme follows the success of the ‘Tenner for a Tenor’ scheme in 2011-12, which attracted donations from 350 people towards a new work by Jonathan Dove for tenor Mark Padmore and the orchestra. ‘The beauty of Musically Gifted is that it allows people from all walks of life to come together and contribute to new music,’ said Britten Sinfonia chief executive David Butcher. ‘It’s a great way for music lovers to have a real stake in the work that they hear on stage, to follow the creative process of some of our finest composers and to embrace the excitement that comes from supporting a piece of music from its inception to its first performance.’

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