The London Young Sinfonia was founded as the London Youth Symphony Orchestra in 2011 by Ben Glassberg with the aim of providing an informal, but high quality orchestral playing opportunity for young musicians. Many of the core players in the orchestra joined while still at school, and are now working professionally as orchestral musicians, or studying at post-graduate level at music college. In order to reflect this new dynamic of the orchestra, we changed our name to the London Young Sinfonia. Before each concert we undertake an intense burst of rehearsals, enabling us to keep the music fresh, whilst also allowing our players to maintain their other musical commitments.
Recent repertoire includes Mozart's Cosi fan tutte, Schumann's Piano Concerto, and Mahler's Symphony No. 4. Future engagements include a return to the St Marylebone Festival in 2018, and Mozart's Don Giovanni at the inaugural Waterperry Opera Festival.
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Bertie Baigent read music at Jesus College, Cambridge where he held the position of organ scholar, and is now studying for an MA in orchestral conducting at the Royal Academy of Music.
Bertie studies conducting with Sian Edwards, and has taken part in masterclasses with Nicholas Cleobury, Pierre-André Valade, Peter Stark, and Paul Brough. He is the musical director of the London Young Sinfonia, the Waterperry Opera Festival,and the Percival Ensemble; other groups Bertie has worked with include the Britten Sinfonia, the London Sinfonietta, and Cambridge University Opera Society. In 2017 Bertie was awarded the prestigious Ernest Read Conducting Prize, the Sir Henry Wood Scholarship, and participated in the final rounds of the Deutscher Dirigentenpreis, conducting the WDR-Sinfonieorchester, the Gürzenich-Orchester, and the Studio of the Cologne Opera House.
Bertie’s compositions have been performed by artists such as the Britten Sinfonia, Fretwork, the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the Aurora Orchestra, the Bath Philharmonia, and the Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge in important venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, the Britten Studio, Snape Maltings, and the Royal College of Music; in addition several have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and other European radio stations. His compositions have been awarded accolades by the BBC, Stainer & Bell, the University of Cambridge, the National Centre for Early Music, the Royal Opera House, and the Royal College of Organists; recent commissions have come from St Paul's Cathedral and the Royal Philharmonic Society. His choral work An echo from Willow-Wood is published by Stainer & Bell.