BBC Symphony Orchestra
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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

BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2016-17 season: Sakari Oramo conducts Nielsen & Sibelius
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Barbican, London
2017-03-03T10:16:45
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BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2016-17 season: Simone Young conducts Bartók & Peter Eötvös
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Barbican, London
2017-03-10T10:16:45
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BBC Proms Dubai: BBC Proms Dubai: First Night of the Proms
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Dubai Opera, Dubai
2017-03-21T10:16:45
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BBC Proms Dubai: BBC Proms Dubai: Prom 3
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Dubai Opera, Dubai
2017-03-23T10:16:45
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BBC Proms Dubai: BBC Proms Dubai: Prom 6 'Last Night of the Proms'
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Dubai Opera, Dubai
2017-03-24T10:16:45
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Upcoming Events

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Apr
2017
BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Chilly Gonzales, The Academy Of Ancient Music, Calder Quartet, London Symphony Chorus, Britten Sinfonia, Bbc Singers, Gabriel Prokofiev, Timo Andres, Remy Van Kesteren, James McVinnie, Joby Burgess, Iestyn Davies, Mari and Hakon Samuelsen, Angel Blue, Liam Byrne, David Kaplan, Guildhall Toy Symphony, Ensemble Nevermind, Sheku Kanneh-Mason Trio and Guildhall Musicians
Barbican Centre, London, UK

Past BBC Events

BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2016-17 season: Lothar Koenigs conducts Bruckner & Wolfgang Rihm
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Barbican, London
2017-02-22T10:16:45
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22
Feb
2017
BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2016-17 season: Lothar Koenigs conducts Bruckner & Wolfgang Rihm

BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2016-17 season: Lothar Koenigs conducts Bruckner & Wolfgang Rihm

19:30
Barbican, London
BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2016-17 season: Ilan Volkov conducts Rachmaninov Symphony No. 3
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Barbican, London
2017-02-17T10:16:45
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17
Feb
2017
BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2016-17 season: Ilan Volkov conducts Rachmaninov Symphony No. 3

BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2016-17 season: Ilan Volkov conducts Rachmaninov Symphony No. 3

19:30
Barbican, London
BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2016-17 season: CANCELLED Jonas Kaufmann sings Strauss's Four Last Songs
http://www.bbc.co.uk/events/e32gwh
Barbican, London
2017-02-13T10:16:45
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13
Feb
2017
BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2016-17 season: CANCELLED Jonas Kaufmann sings Strauss's Four Last Songs

BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2016-17 season: CANCELLED Jonas Kaufmann sings Strauss's Four Last Songs

19:30
Barbican, London
BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2016-17 season: Sakari Oramo conducts Shostakovich Symphony No. 10
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Barbican, London
2017-02-03T10:16:45
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3
Feb
2017
BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2016-17 season: Sakari Oramo conducts Shostakovich Symphony No. 10

BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2016-17 season: Sakari Oramo conducts Shostakovich Symphony No. 10

19:30
Barbican, London
BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2016-17 season: The Visitors with live orchestral accompaniment
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Barbican, London
2017-01-29T10:16:45
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29
Jan
2017
BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2016-17 season: The Visitors with live orchestral accompaniment

BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2016-17 season: The Visitors with live orchestral accompaniment

19:30
Barbican, London

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