About the Orchestra

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra was formed in December 1935 and is a key contributor to the BBC’s broadcasting and cultural role.

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Based at:
City Halls, Glasgow
Chief Conductor:
Donald Runnicles

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra was formed in December 1935 and is Scotland’s national broadcasting orchestra. It performs to large and enthusiastic audiences in venues throughout Scotland, and carries out a busy schedule of broadcasts and concerts for BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Television, and Online. A past recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society Award for best orchestra, the BBC SSO’s commercial recordings have received a number of prizes, including four Gramophone Awards.

Based at City Halls in Glasgow since 2006, the BBC SSO is Scotland’s leading champion of new music, and has established strong links with local communities through its thriving learning and outreach programme. It is also a major partner in Big Noise, Scotland’s innovative project for social change through music, and it maintains a close association with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, working over a variety of disciplines with conductors, composers, soloists and orchestral players.

The BBC SSO appears regularly at the BBC Proms and Edinburgh International Festival, and at other major festivals and venues throughout the world. Earlier this year it made its third tour of China and in 2014 its first visit to India. Future highlights include a concert in Glasgow in December to celebrate the orchestra’s 80th Birthday and, in his last season as Chief Conductor, Donald Runnicles will celebrate this special time with many of the composers closest to his heart: Beethoven, Brahms, Debussy and fellow Scot, James MacMillan.

Thomas Dausgaard will become Chief Conductor in September 2016 at which point Donald Runnicles assumes the post of Conductor Emeritus.

As at May 2015

For further information, please visit: bbc.co.uk/bbcsso

Full list of Players

Get in touch

  • Tel: 0141 552 0909
  • Fax: 0141 552 6078
  • Email: mailto:bbcsso@bbc.co.uk
  • Address: City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow, G1 1NQ


  • Laura Samuel, Leader


One of the UK's leading interpreters of new music, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra has close working relationships with many of today's leading composers.

The BBC SSO's first Artist-in-Association is the New York-based composer and conductor Matthias Pintscher.

Read his full biography