Based in Glasgow, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra is one of Britain’s most versatile orchestras, with a huge repertoire ranging from the most complex modern scores to the great classics, from music by Scottish composers to film scores and music for television. The majority of its performances are broadcast on BBC Radio 3, and its innovative concert programmes and acclaimed recordings have made it the recipient of numerous awards, including four Gramophone Awards. Thomas Dausgaard became the BBCSSO’s Chief Conductor in September 2016, succeeding Donald Runnicles who held the post from September 2009 to 2016.
Chief Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard
Principal Guest Conductor: Ilan Volkov
Conductor Emeritus: Donald Runnicles
Conductor Laureate: Jerzy Maksymiuk
The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra is renowned as one of the UK’s most brilliant and versatile orchestras, with a rich history of performing, broadcasting, recording and touring in Scotland, the UK and overseas.
Since 2016 Chief Conductor Thomas Dausgaard has established an innovative partnership with the BBCSSO based on ground-breaking programming, including a focus on ‘Composer Roots’, placing classical masterpieces in context through collaborations with folk musicians, music students and choirs; the ‘Scottish Inspirations’ series of BBC Commissions, re-igniting the fascination with Scotland shared by artists for centuries and enriching the repertoire with major new compositions by leading contemporary composers; and an ambitious programme of touring and recording, which has so far seen a highly successful first European tour together and, which later this season (2019), will feature major new commercial recordings of Bartók and Sibelius.
Formed in 1935, and based at City Halls since 2006, the BBCSSO is Scotland’s leading champion of new music and has established strong links with local communities through its thriving learning and outreach programme. It is a partner in ‘Big Noise’, Scotland’s project for social change through music; it plays a major role in the BBC’s Ten Pieces initiative; and has a close association with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, working across a variety of disciplines with conductors, composers, soloists and orchestral players.
The orchestra maintains a busy schedule of broadcasts for BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio Scotland, BBC television and online.