BBC Symphony Orchestra
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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 ...

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Upcoming BBC Events

Oramo conducts Mahler BBC SO 2015-16 Season
http://www.bbc.co.uk/events/eqx9rz
Barbican, London
2015-09-24T00:11:49
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24
Sep
Oramo conducts Mahler BBC SO 2015-16 Season Oramo conducts Mahler BBC SO 2015-16 Season Oramo conducts Mahler BBC SO 2015-16 Season Oramo conducts Mahler BBC SO 2015-16 Season

Oramo conducts Mahler BBC SO 2015-16 Season

24 September 2015
Antoni Wit conducts Górecki BBC SO 2015-16 Season
http://www.bbc.co.uk/events/ejg5v2
Barbican, London
2015-10-03T00:11:49
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3
Oct
Antoni Wit conducts Górecki BBC SO 2015-16 Season Antoni Wit conducts Górecki BBC SO 2015-16 Season Antoni Wit conducts Górecki BBC SO 2015-16 Season Antoni Wit conducts Górecki BBC SO 2015-16 Season

Antoni Wit conducts Górecki BBC SO 2015-16 Season

3 October 2015
Mendelssohn, Beethoven and Richard Ayres BBC SO 2015-16 Season
http://www.bbc.co.uk/events/ec28gw
Barbican, London
2015-10-08T00:11:49
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8
Oct
Mendelssohn, Beethoven and Richard Ayres BBC SO 2015-16 Season Mendelssohn, Beethoven and Richard Ayres BBC SO 2015-16 Season Mendelssohn, Beethoven and Richard Ayres BBC SO 2015-16 Season Mendelssohn, Beethoven and Richard Ayres BBC SO 2015-16 Season

Mendelssohn, Beethoven and Richard Ayres BBC SO 2015-16 Season

8 October 2015
Sakari Oramo conducts Schoenberg, Mozart and Strauss BBC SO 2015-16 Season
http://www.bbc.co.uk/events/e5wv2m
Barbican, London
2015-10-21T00:11:49
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21
Oct
Sakari Oramo conducts Schoenberg, Mozart and Strauss BBC SO 2015-16 Season Sakari Oramo conducts Schoenberg, Mozart and Strauss BBC SO 2015-16 Season Sakari Oramo conducts Schoenberg, Mozart and Strauss BBC SO 2015-16 Season Sakari Oramo conducts Schoenberg, Mozart and Strauss BBC SO 2015-16 Season

Sakari Oramo conducts Schoenberg, Mozart and Strauss BBC SO 2015-16 Season

21 October 2015
Berlioz Symphony Fantastique BBC SO 2015-16 Season
http://www.bbc.co.uk/events/evh2mb
Barbican, London
2015-11-18T00:11:49
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18
Nov
Berlioz Symphony Fantastique BBC SO 2015-16 Season Berlioz Symphony Fantastique BBC SO 2015-16 Season Berlioz Symphony Fantastique BBC SO 2015-16 Season Berlioz Symphony Fantastique BBC SO 2015-16 Season

Berlioz Symphony Fantastique BBC SO 2015-16 Season

18 November 2015

Past BBC Events

BBC SO PLUS FAMILY: Nielsen Symphony No.6 Plus Family
http://www.bbc.co.uk/events/efr5d4
Barbican, London
2015-05-23T00:11:49
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23
May
BBC SO PLUS FAMILY: Nielsen Symphony No.6 Plus Family BBC SO PLUS FAMILY: Nielsen Symphony No.6 Plus Family BBC SO PLUS FAMILY: Nielsen Symphony No.6 Plus Family BBC SO PLUS FAMILY: Nielsen Symphony No.6 Plus Family

BBC SO PLUS FAMILY: Nielsen Symphony No.6 Plus Family

23 May 2015
Sakari Oramo conducts Nielsen 6 BBC SO 2014-15 Season
http://www.bbc.co.uk/events/ejwbj5
Barbican, London
2015-05-23T00:11:49
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23
May
Sakari Oramo conducts Nielsen 6 BBC SO 2014-15 Season Sakari Oramo conducts Nielsen 6 BBC SO 2014-15 Season Sakari Oramo conducts Nielsen 6 BBC SO 2014-15 Season Sakari Oramo conducts Nielsen 6 BBC SO 2014-15 Season

Sakari Oramo conducts Nielsen 6 BBC SO 2014-15 Season

23 May 2015
Sir Andrew Davis conducts Bliss BBC SO 2014-15 Season
http://www.bbc.co.uk/events/exgmxj
Barbican, London
2015-05-15T00:11:49
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15
May
Sir Andrew Davis conducts Bliss BBC SO 2014-15 Season Sir Andrew Davis conducts Bliss BBC SO 2014-15 Season Sir Andrew Davis conducts Bliss BBC SO 2014-15 Season Sir Andrew Davis conducts Bliss BBC SO 2014-15 Season

Sir Andrew Davis conducts Bliss BBC SO 2014-15 Season

15 May 2015
Smetana Dalibor BBC SO 2014-15 Season
http://www.bbc.co.uk/events/e4xc6q
Barbican, London
2015-05-02T00:11:49
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2
May
Smetana Dalibor BBC SO 2014-15 Season Smetana Dalibor BBC SO 2014-15 Season Smetana Dalibor BBC SO 2014-15 Season Smetana Dalibor BBC SO 2014-15 Season

Smetana Dalibor BBC SO 2014-15 Season

2 May 2015
BBC SO PLUS FAMILY: Lutosławski Plus Family
http://www.bbc.co.uk/events/e9fc6q
Barbican, London
2015-04-24T00:11:49
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24
Apr
BBC SO PLUS FAMILY: Lutosławski Plus Family BBC SO PLUS FAMILY: Lutosławski Plus Family BBC SO PLUS FAMILY: Lutosławski Plus Family BBC SO PLUS FAMILY: Lutosławski Plus Family

BBC SO PLUS FAMILY: Lutosławski Plus Family

24 April 2015

Upcoming Events

6
Aug
BBC Symphony Orchestra, Lawrence Power and Oliver Knussen
Royal Albert Hall, London, UK
12
Aug
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Royal Albert Hall, London, UK
17
Aug
BBC Symphony Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä
Royal Albert Hall, London, UK
21
Aug
BBC Symphony Orchestra, Stephen Farr and Sakari Oramo
Royal Albert Hall, London, UK
25
Aug
BBC Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Watts, Emily Beynon and Edward Gardner
Royal Albert Hall, London, UK


Biography

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 70s – 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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