BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sakari Oramo Chief Conductor Dalia Stasevska Principal Guest Conductor Designate Semyon Bychkov Günter Wand Conducting Chair Sir Andrew Davis Conductor Laureate 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, performing around a dozen concerts there each year, including the First and Last Nights. This season includes Janacék’s Glagolitic Mass with the BBC Symphony Chorus, conducted by Karina Canellakis, Messiaen’s Des canyons aux étoiles … and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Chief Conductor Sakari Oramo, newly appointed Principal Guest Conductor Dalia Stasevksa’s first appearance at the Proms, and new music by Louis Andriessen, Dieter Ammann and Zosha Di Castri. The BBC SO performs an annual season of concerts at the Barbican, where it is Associate Orchestra. Highlights of the 2019-20 season include William Alwyn’s opera Miss Julie conducted by Chief Conductor Sakari Oramo, two concerts with Dalia Stasevska featuring music by Stravinsky, Sibelius and Helen Grime, concerts of words and music with Neil Gaiman and David Walliams and Beethoven’s Missa solemnis with the BBC Symphony Chorus. Total Immersion days are devoted to Detlev Glanert and Anders Hillborg and Lift Off! sees the first Total Immersion aimed at families.The BBC SO’s commitment to contemporary music continues with works by Richard Baker, Victoria Borisova-Ollas, Judith Weir and others, plus operas by David Lang and Joby Talbot. The BBC SO works regularly with Semyon Bychkov, holder of the Günter Wand Conducting Chair and Conductor Laureate Sir Andrew Davis. Central to the orchestra’s life are studio recordings for BBC Radio 3, which are free to attend, as well as performances around the world and the vast majority of 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 enjoyable, adventurous and innovative education work which includes singing workshops, family-friendly introductions to concerts, the BBC Family Orchestra & Chorus and more. There is something for everyone - schools, families, students and amateur musicians of all ages.