The orchestra provides the backbone of the BBC Proms, and performs an annual season of concerts at the Barbican, all of which are broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Highlights in its 2013-14 Season include Britten's War Requiem in the Royal Albert Hall, operas by Britten, Sir Harrison Birtwistle and Poulenc, two Elgar oratorios and three Total Immersion days. Chief Conductor Sakari Oramo conducts six concerts in the 2013-14 Barbican season.
Chief Conductor: Sakari Oramo
Oramo made his first guest conducting appearance with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in October 2011. His first performance as Chief Conductor was at the First Night of the BBC Proms in 2013, followed by six concerts in the BBC SO’s 2013-14 Barbican season.
Günter Wand Conducting Chair: Semyon Bychkov
Bychkov has been appointed to this newly created position after conducting the BBC SO on numerous occasions at both the Barbican and BBC Proms. Memorable performances include Shostakovich Symphony No. 11, Mahler Symphony No. 6 and Verdi’s Requiem.
Conductor Laureate: Jiří Bîlohlávek
Jiří Bîlohlávek was Chief Conductor of the BBC SO from 2006-2012, after which he became Conductor Laureate. In 2012 the BBC SO won a Gramophone award for live recordings of the complete Martinů symphonies, conducted by Jiří Bîlohlávek.
Conductor Laureate: Sir Andrew Davis
Sir Andrew Davis was Chief Conductor of the BBC SO from 1989-2000. As Conductor Laureate, he makes regular appearances with the orchestra at the Barbican and the BBC Proms.