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

It provides the backbone of the BBC Proms, performing around a dozen concerts in the festival each year. The BBC SO has a strong commitment to 20th-century and contemporary music, with recent performances including commissions and premieres from Unsuk Chin, Brett Dean, Wolfgang Rihm, Christopher Rouse, Albert Schnelzer and Ryan Wigglesworth.

Read a full biography of the orchestra

Full list of Players



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