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BBC Symphony Orchestra

The BBC Symphony Orchestra has been at the heart of British musical life since it was founded in 1930. It plays a central role in the BBC Proms, usually performing around a dozen concerts there each year. The 2020 season’s live First Night with Chief Conductor Sakari Oramo included music by Beethoven and Hannah Kendall. Principal Guest Conductor Dalia Stasevska leds the Last Night celebrations featuring soprano Golda Schultz and violinist Nicola Benedetti.

The BBC SO performs an annual season of concerts at the Barbican where it is Associate Orchestra, and looks forward to being part of its series of concerts streamed live from the Barbican Hall. In addition to performances with Chief Conductor Sakari Oramo, Principal Guest Conductor Dalia Stasevska and Creative Artist in Association Jules Buckley, the BBC SO works regularly with Semyon Bychkov, holder of the Günter Wand Conducting Chair and Conductor Laureate Sir Andrew Davis. The BBC SO’s commitment to contemporary music is demonstrated by a range of premieres each season, as well as Total Immersion days devoted to specific composers or themes.

Central to the orchestra’s life are studio recordings for BBC Radio 3, and the vast majority of its performances are broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and available for 30 days after broadcast on BBC Sounds.

The BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, alongside the BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC Singers and BBC Proms as part of Get Involved, offer family concerts and innovative education work, and in recent months they have been closely involved with the BBC’s Ten Pieces and Proms at Home and Connecting the Dots initiatives.

2018-19 Season