“It’s official: if you want to be guaranteed an infallible musical adrenalin boost in London, you can always be sure to find it with Finnish conductor Sakari Oramo and his BBC Symphony Orchestra.”
Arts Desk, March 2017
The BBC Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1930 and provides the backbone of the BBC Proms, performing around a dozen concerts at the festival each year. The orchestra is Associate Orchestra at the Barbican, where its 2017 – 18 season of concerts includes Sakari Oramo’s Sibelius symphony series, Total Immersion days devoted to Esa-Pekka Salonen, Julian Anderson and Leonard Bernstein, and a concert staging of Jake Heggie’s opera Dead Man Walking.
The orchestra performs with the BBC Symphony Chorus and together they won the 2015Gramophone Best Choral Disc Award for their recording of Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius, which they will perform as their season finale at the Barbican on 16 May 2018.
Central to the orchestra’s life are public studio recordings for BBC Radio 3 at its Maida Vale home and the BBCSO also performs throughout the world. The vast majority of concerts are broadcast on BBC Radio 3, streamed online and available for 30 days after broadcast via the Radio 3 website. The BBCSO is committed to innovative education work: ongoing projects include the BBC’s Ten Pieces, the BBCSO Journey Through Music (with pre-concert workshops and discounted tickets for families) and the BBCSO Family Orchestra and Chorus.
HarrisonParrott was delighted to work with the BBC Symphony Orchestra for their visit to Japan in 2018, invited as the guest orchestra for the 37th edition of the Toshiba Grand Concert Tour.
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