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 broadcast 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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Upcoming BBC Events

BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2020-21 Season: Cancelled: Sakari Oramo conducts Mahler’s Symphony No. 6
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Barbican, London
2020-10-03T16:13:53
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3
Oct
2020
BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2020-21 Season: Cancelled: Sakari Oramo conducts Mahler’s Symphony No. 6

BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2020-21 Season: Cancelled: Sakari Oramo conducts Mahler’s Symphony No. 6

Barbican, London
BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2020-21 Season: Cancelled: BBC Symphony Orchestra with the Melodica Men
https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/e8mn5v
Barbican, London
2020-10-09T16:13:53
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9
Oct
2020
BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2020-21 Season: Cancelled: BBC Symphony Orchestra with the Melodica Men

BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2020-21 Season: Cancelled: BBC Symphony Orchestra with the Melodica Men

Barbican, London
BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2020-21 Season: Cancelled: Lionel Bringuier conducts Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 4
https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/edrj6q
Barbican, London
2020-10-16T16:13:53
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16
Oct
2020
BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2020-21 Season: Cancelled: Lionel Bringuier conducts Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 4

BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2020-21 Season: Cancelled: Lionel Bringuier conducts Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 4

Barbican, London
BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2020-21 Season: Cancelled: 90th Birthday Celebration
https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/evhp8g
Barbican, London
2020-10-22T16:13:53
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22
Oct
2020
BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2020-21 Season: Cancelled: 90th Birthday Celebration

BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2020-21 Season: Cancelled: 90th Birthday Celebration

Barbican, London
BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2020-21 Season: Cancelled: Songs of Fate and Destiny
https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/egz5q9
Barbican, London
2020-10-30T16:13:53
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30
Oct
2020
BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2020-21 Season: Cancelled: Songs of Fate and Destiny

BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2020-21 Season: Cancelled: Songs of Fate and Destiny

Barbican, London

Past BBC Events

BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2019-20 Season: Cancelled: Joby Talbot’s Everest
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Barbican, London
2020-06-20T16:13:53
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Jun
2020
BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2019-20 Season: Cancelled: Joby Talbot’s Everest

BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2019-20 Season: Cancelled: Joby Talbot’s Everest

Barbican, London
BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2019-20 Season: Cancelled: Sakari Oramo conducts Stravinsky, Sibelius and Elgar
https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/efmz3d
Barbican, London
2020-05-22T16:13:53
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May
2020
BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2019-20 Season: Cancelled: Sakari Oramo conducts Stravinsky, Sibelius and Elgar

BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2019-20 Season: Cancelled: Sakari Oramo conducts Stravinsky, Sibelius and Elgar

Barbican, London
BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2019-20 Season: Cancelled: BBC Symphony Orchestra at Newbury Spring Festival
https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/e4rj6q
St Nicolas Church, Newbury
2020-05-09T16:13:53
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May
2020
BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2019-20 Season: Cancelled: BBC Symphony Orchestra at Newbury Spring Festival

BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2019-20 Season: Cancelled: BBC Symphony Orchestra at Newbury Spring Festival

St Nicolas Church, Newbury
BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2019-20 Season: Cancelled: Paul Lewis performs Beethoven Piano Concerto No.4
https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/e42rn3
Barbican, London
2020-05-07T16:13:53
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May
2020
BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2019-20 Season: Cancelled: Paul Lewis performs Beethoven Piano Concerto No.4

BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2019-20 Season: Cancelled: Paul Lewis performs Beethoven Piano Concerto No.4

Barbican, London
BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2019-20 Season: Cancelled: David Walliams and the BBC Symphony Orchestra
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Barbican, London
2020-05-02T16:13:53
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May
2020
BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2019-20 Season: Cancelled: David Walliams and the BBC Symphony Orchestra

BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2019-20 Season: Cancelled: David Walliams and the BBC Symphony Orchestra

Barbican, London

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