About the Orchestra

At the heart of British music for over 80 years, the BBC Symphony Orchestra performs an exciting, distinctive and wide-ranging season of concerts at the Barbican in its role as Associate Orchestra, offering everything from works at the heart of classical music to world premieres from today’s finest composers.

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Home: BBC Maida Vale Studios
Main concert venue: Barbican Hall, London
Chief Conductor: Sakari Oramo

At the heart of British music for over 80 years, the BBC Symphony Orchestra performs an exciting, distinctive and wide-ranging season of concerts at the Barbican in its role as Associate Orchestra, offering everything from works at the heart of classical music to world premieres from today’s finest composers. The BBC SO provides the backbone of the BBC Proms, performing around a dozen concerts each year, including the First and Last Nights. Strongly committed to twentieth-century and contemporary music, it has given recent premieres of works by Michael Zev Gordon, Magnus Lindberg, Thomas Adès, Charlotte Seither, Colin Matthews and Tristan Murail.

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Full list of Players

Conductors

Artist-in-Association

Oliver Knussen has been the BBC Symphony Orchestra's Artist-in-Association since 2009. His music occupies a respected place worldwide, and as an acclaimed conductor his influence on contemporary music has been felt in many parts of the world. He is Conductor Laureate of the London Sinfonietta and Artist-in-Association with Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.

Oliver Knussen

He has enjoyed long and close collaborations with many distinguished composers, as well as encouraging many younger composer-colleagues through his work at Tanglewood and the Contemporary Composition and Performance courses (which he co-founded with Colin Matthews) at the Britten-Pears school in Snape, Suffolk.

Knussen is an Honorary Member of the Royal Philharmonic Society and of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Upon receiving the 2006 Nemmers Prize from Northwestern University, he was cited by the selection committee for 'his uniquely focused, vibrantly varied music and his total embrace - as a profoundly influential composer, conductor and educator - of today's musical culture.' He was made a CBE in 1994.

Brett Dean will become the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s Artist in Association from the start of the 2014-15 season.

Get in touch

  • Tel: 020 7765 5751
  • Fax: 020 7286 3251
  • Email: mailto:bbcso@bbc.co.uk
  • Address: BBC Maida Vale Studios, Delaware Road, London, W9 2LG

Joining the orchestra

Positions within the orchestra are extremely competitive and are subject to auditions and a trial period. All vacancies are advertised on the BBC Jobs website

For further information about auditions and trials please email bbcso@bbc.co.uk

About the Orchestra

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