Britten Sinfonia – Opus 1

Janet was invited by Britten Sinfonia to take part in the 2023 Opus 1 scheme in which eight composers work with a Britten Sinfonia chamber ensemble over a series of workshops. This was a brilliant opportunity to write for a really unusual ensemble and to receive feedback from the players and mentoring from Dani Howard and Raymond Yiu along the way. It was also great hearing the other composers’ responses to their instrumental line-up. The project culminated in a concert performance and then a recording day in Cambridge in October 2023. Janet’s piece Ampersand for bassoon, trumpet and celeste takes the form of a somewhat hypnotic dance.