BBC Symphony Orchestra Biography
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 2012-13 Season include a focus on Sir Michael Tippett, operas by Donizetti and Ravel, and three Total Immersion days. Recently appointed Chief Conductor Designate Sakari Oramo’s first performance as Chief Conductor will be in 2013.
About the BBC Symphony Chorus
The BBC Symphony Chorus is one of the finest amateur choruses in the country. It makes more television and radio appearances than any similar choir.
One of the UK’s finest and most distinctive amateur choirs, the BBC Symphony Chorus was founded in 1928. Its early appearances included premieres of Bartók’s Cantata Profana, Stravinsky’s Perséphone and Mahler’s Eighth Symphony and this commitment to new music is undiminished today with premieres and commissions in recent years of works by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Judith Weir and Sir John Tavener.
In its appearances with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Chorus performs a wide range of challenging repertoire, most of which is broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Recent performances at the 2013 BBC Proms included music by Tippett, Szymanowski, Wagner, Vaughan Williams and Holst, as well as the premier of a BBC commission by Julian Anderson at the First Night.
In November the Chorus played a key role in the BBC SO’s celebration of Britten’s centenary at concerts at the Royal Albert Hall and Snape Maltings under Semyon Bychkov and Oliver Knussen.
Forthcoming concerts in the 2013-14 Barbican season include performances of Elgar’sThe Apostles and The Dream of Gerontius with Sir Andrew Davis and one of the BBC SO’s Total Immersion: Villa-Lobos concerts under Chief Conductor Sakari Oramo.
As well as dedicated studio recordings for Radio 3 the Chorus has also made recordings for commercial record labels, including a selection of choral works by Joseph Marx, Holst’s Choral Symphony with the BBC SO and Sir Andrew Davis, and Szymanowski’s Stabat Mater and Harnasie with Edward Gardner . The Chorus also performs on its own and with other orchestras in London and further afield, most recently in Paris with Sir Mark Elder and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
Chorus Director - Stephen Jackson
President - Sir Andrew Davis CBE