BBC Symphony Orchestra
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1930
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BBC Symphony Orchestra

BBC Symphony Orchestra Biography (Wikipedia)

The BBC Symphony Orchestra (BBC SO) is a British orchestra based in London. Founded in 1930, it was the first permanent salaried orchestra in London, and is the only one of the city's five major symphony orchestras not to be self-governing. The BBC SO is the principal orchestra of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

The orchestra was originally conceived in 1928 as a joint enterprise by the BBC and the conductor Sir Thomas Beecham, but the latter withdrew the next year; and the task of assembling and training the orchestra fell to the BBC's director of music, Adrian Boult. Among its guest conductors in its first years was Arturo Toscanini, who judged it the finest orchestra he had ever conducted. During and after the Second World War, Boult strove to maintain standards, but the senior management of the post-war BBC did not allocate the orchestra the resources to meet competition from new and well-funded rivals.

After Boult's retirement from the BBC in 1950, the orchestra went through a fallow period. Boult's successor, Sir Malcolm Sargent, was popular with the public but had poor rapport with his players, and orchestral morale dropped. Sargent's successor, Rudolf Schwarz, made little public impact, and although the BBC appointed high-profile chief conductors in the 1960s and 1970s – Antal Doráti, Colin Davis, Pierre Boulez and Gennady Rozhdestvensky – the BBC SO remained underfunded and could not attract enough good players to rival the leading London orchestras.

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Upcoming BBC Events

Prom 7 Proms 2016
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Royal Albert Hall
2016-07-20T22:11:25
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20
Jul
2016
Prom 7 Proms 2016

Prom 7 Proms 2016

19:30
Royal Albert Hall
Prom 15 Proms 2016
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Royal Albert Hall
2016-07-26T22:11:25
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Prom 22 Proms 2016
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Royal Albert Hall
2016-07-31T22:11:25
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Prom 26 Proms 2016
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Royal Albert Hall
2016-08-04T22:11:25
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Prom 34 Proms 2016
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Royal Albert Hall
2016-08-10T22:11:25
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Upcoming Events

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Jan
BBC Symphony Orchestra, Philip Glass
Barbican Centre, London, UK

Past BBC Events

Prom 1: First Night of the Proms Proms 2016
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Royal Albert Hall
2016-07-15T22:11:25
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15
Jul
2016
Prom 1: First Night of the Proms Proms 2016

Prom 1: First Night of the Proms Proms 2016

19:00
Royal Albert Hall
Battle of the Somme: National Commemorative Event
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Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme
2016-07-01T22:11:25
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1
Jul
2016
Battle of the Somme: National Commemorative Event

Battle of the Somme: National Commemorative Event

12:00
Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme
St Magnus International Festival
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The Pickaquoy Centre
2016-06-25T22:11:25
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25
Jun
2016
St Magnus International Festival

St Magnus International Festival

19:30
The Pickaquoy Centre
The Orchestra Unwrapped
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The Pickaquoy Centre
2016-06-24T22:11:25
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24
Jun
2016
The Orchestra Unwrapped

The Orchestra Unwrapped

18:00
The Pickaquoy Centre
St Magnus International Festival
http://www.bbc.co.uk/events/e43c8g
The Pickaquoy Centre
2016-06-22T22:11:25
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22
Jun
2016
St Magnus International Festival

St Magnus International Festival

19:00
The Pickaquoy Centre

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