Britten Sinfonia – Pentatonic Roulette

Britten Sinfonia groupOur Musicians did us proud on Monday and Tuesday performing their original compositions with 100 other students from schools across the City playing 21 keyboards, 4 drum kits, 50 samba drums, bongos and djembes, 20 sets of chime bars, 3 electric basses and 5 electric guitars, 2 acoustic guitars, a beatboxer, 3 clarinets, a violin, 2 saxophones, a flute and a very enthusiastic euphonium. They performed side by side with 15 of Britten Sinfonia’s finest musicians in 4 pieces they’ve composed with workshop leader Tim Steiner.

The event was live streamed on YouTube which gave students and staff the opportunity to get involved in the performance and support the hard work of all our musicians

The title of the whole piece was Pentatonic Roulette which was coined by our very own Ben Chapman.


Pentatonic Roulette has been months in the making! It all started when the fabulous people from Peterborough Music Hub and Orchestra’s Live got together with our Creative Learning team from Britten Sinfonia and came up with the idea for a musical adventure celebrating the cultural diversity of Peterborough. Before you know it, four fantastic schools had signed up: Ken Stimpson Community School, Thomas Deacon Academy, St John Fisher Catholic School and Jack Hunt School.


The four pieces created during the project have fantastic names which the participants have given them. They are called:

The Maze, originated at St John Fisher Catholic School

Bongo Roulette, originated at Jack Hunt School

Why Take a Desert Highway to Wisbech?, originated at Ken Stimpson Community School

The Tanks!, originated at Thomas Deacon Academy