BBC Symphony Orchestra
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BBC Symphony Orchestra

BBC Symphony Orchestra Biography (Wikipedia)

The BBC Symphony Orchestra (BBC SO) is a British orchestra based in London. Founded in 1930, it was the first permanent salaried orchestra in London, and is the only one of the city's five major symphony orchestras not to be self-governing. The BBC SO is the principal orchestra of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

The orchestra was originally conceived in 1928 as a joint enterprise by the BBC and the conductor Sir Thomas Beecham, but the latter withdrew the next year; and the task of assembling and training the orchestra fell to the BBC's director of music, Adrian Boult. Among its guest conductors in its first years was Arturo Toscanini, who judged it the finest orchestra he had ever conducted. During and after the Second World War, Boult strove to maintain standards, but the senior management of the post-war BBC did not allocate the orchestra the resources to meet competition from new and well-funded rivals.

After Boult's retirement from the BBC in 1950, the orchestra went through a fallow period. Boult's successor, Sir Malcolm Sargent, was popular with the public but had poor rapport with his players, and orchestral morale dropped. Sargent's successor, Rudolf Schwarz, made little public impact, and although the BBC appointed high-profile chief conductors in the 1960s and 1970s – Antal Doráti, Colin Davis, Pierre Boulez and Gennady Rozhdestvensky – the BBC SO remained underfunded and could not attract enough good players to rival the leading London orchestras.

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Joseph Tawadros
Eye of the Beholder
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Eye of the Beholder
Leonard Bernstein
Chichester Psalms, pt 1 (psalms 108 & 100)
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Chichester Psalms, pt 1 (psalms 108 & 100)
Claude Debussy
Suite from Pelleas and Melisande
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Suite from Pelleas and Melisande
Karol Szymanowski
Violin Concerto No.1
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Violin Concerto No.1
Michael Tippett
The Rose Lake
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The Rose Lake
Frederick Delius
On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring
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On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring
Edvard Grieg
Piano Concerto in A minor, Op 16 (3rd mvt)
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Piano Concerto in A minor, Op 16 (3rd mvt)
Gerald Finzi
Clarinet Concerto, Op.31: ii) Adagio, ma senza rigore
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Clarinet Concerto, Op.31: ii) Adagio, ma senza rigore
Freddie Meyers
In a Solitude of the Sea
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In a Solitude of the Sea
Jean Sibelius
Tapiola Op.112
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Tapiola Op.112
Grace Evangeline Mason
The Bitter Cut
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The Bitter Cut
Dmitry Shostakovich
Symphony No.11 'The Year' 1905'
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Symphony No.11 'The Year' 1905'
Dmitry Shostakovich
Piano Concerto No.2
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Piano Concerto No.2
Karlheinz Stockhausen
Gruppen
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Gruppen
Leonard Bernstein
Chichester Psalms: III. Psalm 131: Adonai, Adonai (Lord, Lord)
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Chichester Psalms: III. Psalm 131: Adonai, Adonai (Lord, Lord)
Dmitry Shostakovich
Romance (Youth) (from the Gadfly Suite, Op. 97a No. 8)
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Romance (Youth) (from the Gadfly Suite, Op. 97a No. 8)
Trad.
Auld lang syne
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Auld lang syne

Auld lang syne

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Paul Campbell
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Dubai Opera Festival Chorus
BBC Singers
Edward Elgar
Pomp and Circumstance March No.1 'Land of Hope and Glory'
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Pomp and Circumstance March No.1 'Land of Hope and Glory'
Thomas Arne
Rule Britannia
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Rule Britannia

Rule Britannia

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Giuseppe Verdi
Overture La Forza del destino
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Overture La Forza del destino
Carlos Gardel
Por una Cabeza
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Por una Cabeza
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Serenade to Music
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Serenade to Music
Anna Clyne
Masquerade
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Masquerade
Astor Piazzolla
Libertango
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Libertango
Emmanuel Chabrier
Espana
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Espana
Charles Villiers Stanford
Songs of the Sea
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Songs of the Sea
Richard Wagner
Overture - The Flying Dutchman
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Overture - The Flying Dutchman
Jean Sibelius
Spring Song Op.16
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Spring Song Op.16
Béla Bartók
Violin Concerto No.1
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Violin Concerto No.1
Edward Elgar
In the south (Alassio) - overture (Op.50)
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In the south (Alassio) - overture (Op.50)
Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Concerto No 5 in E flat major, Op 73, 'Emperor' (3rd mvt)
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Piano Concerto No 5 in E flat major, Op 73, 'Emperor' (3rd mvt)
Michael Tippett
Ritual Dances from The Midsummer Marriage
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Ritual Dances from The Midsummer Marriage
Jean Sibelius
Belshazzar's Feast Suite Op.51
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Belshazzar's Feast Suite Op.51
Sergey Rachmaninov
Piano Concerto No.2 in C Minor Op.18
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Piano Concerto No.2 in C Minor Op.18
Maurice Ravel
Piano Concerto in G major (2nd mvt)
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Piano Concerto in G major (2nd mvt)
Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No.9 in D Minor Op.125
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Symphony No.9 in D Minor Op.125
William Walton
Cello Concerto
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Cello Concerto
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Nutcracker -Trepak
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Nutcracker -Trepak
Sergei Prokofiev
Romeo and Juliet Suite No.1 Op.64
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Romeo and Juliet Suite No.1 Op.64
Sergei Prokofiev
Romeo and Juliet Suite No.2 (excerpts)
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Romeo and Juliet Suite No.2 (excerpts)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Violin Concerto in D Op.35
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Violin Concerto in D Op.35
Bushra El-Turk
Tmesis (world premiere)
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Tmesis (world premiere)
Ernest Chausson
Poeme de l'amour et de la mer (conclusion)
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Poeme de l'amour et de la mer (conclusion)
Richard Strauss
Sonatina No.1 in F 'Aus der Werkstatt eines invaliden'
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Sonatina No.1 in F 'Aus der Werkstatt eines invaliden'
Henry Wood
Fantasia on British Sea Songs
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Fantasia on British Sea Songs
Johann Sebastian Bach
Sheep May Safely Graze
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Sheep May Safely Graze
Robert Schumann
Manfred (Overture to the Incidental Music (Op.115))
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Manfred (Overture to the Incidental Music (Op.115))
William Walton
Then sing aloud to God (Belshazzar's Feast)
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Then sing aloud to God (Belshazzar's Feast)
Carl Nielsen
Overture to the opera 'Maskarade'
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Overture to the opera 'Maskarade'
Gerald Finzi
Grand fantasia and toccata, Op 38
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Grand fantasia and toccata, Op 38
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Upcoming BBC Events

BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2018-19 Season: Sakari Oramo conducts Elgar and Dvorák
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Barbican, London
2019-04-26T02:44:33
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BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2018-19 Season: BBC Symphony Orchestra & Alexander McCall Smith
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Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden
2019-04-28T02:44:33
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BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2018-19 Season: Sakari Oramo conducts Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring
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Barbican, London
2019-05-03T02:44:33
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BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2018-19 Season: Joana Carneiro conducts Golijov and John Adams
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Barbican, London
2019-05-11T02:44:33
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BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2018-19 Season: David Robertson conducts Raymond Yiu, Britten and Shostakovich
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Barbican, London
2019-05-15T02:44:33
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Upcoming Events

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May
2019
BBC Symphony Orchestra, Nora Fischer and Joana Carneiro
Barbican Centre, London, UK
18
May
2019
BBC Symphony Orchestra, Max Cooper, Bruce Brubaker, Miloš Karadaglić, London Symphony Chorus, Britten Sinfonia, Mira Calix, Amy Dickson, Thomas Ades, Dither, Gabriel Prokofiev, Nora Fischer, The 12 Ensemble, Tom Richards, Nonclassical, Jess Gillam, Jayson Gillham, Marnix Dorrestein, Shiva Feshareki, Ragazze Quartet, Laura Rossi, Zwerm, John Holiday, Nonclassical DJs, Nick Luscombe (DJ set), Street Orchestra Live, Sonya Lifschitz, Addelam, Chineke! Ensemble and Barbican Centre
Barbican Centre, London, UK
29
Jan
2020
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Barbican Centre, London, UK

Past BBC Events

BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2018-19 Season: Sir Andrew Davis conducts Tippett, Szymanowski and Debussy
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Barbican, London
2019-04-17T02:44:33
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17
Apr
2019
BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2018-19 Season: Sir Andrew Davis conducts Tippett, Szymanowski and Debussy

BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2018-19 Season: Sir Andrew Davis conducts Tippett, Szymanowski and Debussy

Barbican, London
BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2018-19 Season: Shostakovich: The Year 1957
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Barbican, London
2019-04-10T02:44:33
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10
Apr
2019
BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2018-19 Season: Shostakovich: The Year 1957

BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2018-19 Season: Shostakovich: The Year 1957

Barbican, London
BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2018-19 Season: James Gaffigan conducts orchestral works by Lili and Nadia Boulanger
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Barbican, London
2019-04-06T02:44:33
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Apr
2019
BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2018-19 Season: James Gaffigan conducts orchestral works by Lili and Nadia Boulanger

BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2018-19 Season: James Gaffigan conducts orchestral works by Lili and Nadia Boulanger

Barbican, London
BBC Symphony Orchestra in Monte Carlo 2019: BBC Symphony Orchestra in Monte Carlo
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Grimaldi Forum
2019-03-31T02:44:33
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31
Mar
2019
BBC Symphony Orchestra in Monte Carlo 2019: BBC Symphony Orchestra in Monte Carlo

BBC Symphony Orchestra in Monte Carlo 2019: BBC Symphony Orchestra in Monte Carlo

Grimaldi Forum
BBC Singers 2018-19: BBC Proms Dubai: Last Night of the Proms
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Dubai Opera, Dubai
2019-03-22T02:44:33
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22
Mar
2019
BBC Singers 2018-19: BBC Proms Dubai: Last Night of the Proms

BBC Singers 2018-19: BBC Proms Dubai: Last Night of the Proms

Dubai Opera, Dubai

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