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Encyclopedia > BBC Symphony Orchestra
BBC Symphony Orchestra

Background information
Also known as BBCSO
Origin Flag of the United Kingdom London, England, United Kingdom
Genre(s) Classical
Occupation(s) Symphony orchestra
Years active 1946-present
Associated
acts
BBC Symphony Chorus
Website Official website
Members
Chief Conductor
Jiří Bělohlávek
Principal Guest Conductor
David Robertson
Conductor Laureate
Andrew Davis
Artist-in-Association
John Adams
Chorus Director
Stephen Jackson
Former members
Founder
Adrian Boult

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History

The orchestra was founded as a full time organisation in 1930, with Adrian Boult as its first chief conductor. He remained chief conductor until 1950, when Malcolm Sargent took over (holding the post until 1957). Other principal conductors have included Antal Doráti (1962-66), Colin Davis (1967-71), Pierre Boulez (1971-75), Gennady Rozhdestvensky (1978-81) Andrew Davis (no relation to Colin) (1989-2000), and Leonard Slatkin (2000-2004). Also in 2000, the orchestra appointed its first Associate Composer, Mark-Anthony Turnage. John Adams became the BBC Symphony Orchestra's Artist in Association in June 2003. Leonard Slatkin's final concert as Chief Conductor was the Last Night of the Proms 2004. In early 2005, the Czech conductor, Jiří Bělohlávek was named the next Chief Conductor, which position he assumed from the first night of The Proms 2006. Sir Adrian Cedric Boult CH (April 8, 1889 – February 22, 1983) was an English conductor. ... A conductor conducting at a ceremony A conductors score and batons Conducting is the act of directing a musical performance by way of visible gestures. ... Sir (Harold) Malcolm (Watts) Sargent (April 29, 1895 – October 3, 1967) was a British conductor, organist and composer. ... Antal Doráti (April 9, 1906 – November 13, 1988) was a conductor and composer. ... For the former Formula One driver, see Colin Davis (driver) Sir Colin Rex Davis, CH, CBE (b. ... Pierre Boulez Pierre Boulez (IPA: /pjɛʁ.buˈlÉ›z/) (born March 26, 1925) is a conductor and composer of classical music. ... Russian conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky (left) with Czech composer Lukáš MatouÅ¡ek at the closing concert of Prague Spring Festival 2007, Municipal Hall, Prague. ... Andrew Frank Davis (born February 2, 1944) is a British conductor. ... Leonard Slatkin (born September 1, 1944) is an American conductor. ... Mark-Anthony Turnage (born June 10, 1960) is an English composer of classical music. ... For the Alaska-based postminimalist composer, see John Luther Adams. ... Jiří BÄ›lohlávek (born February 24, 1946 in Prague) is a Czech conductor. ... A Promenade concert in the Royal Albert Hall, 2004. ...


As well as these principal conductors, the orchestra has had several notable guest conductors, including Arturo Toscanini, who made a series of commercial recordings with the orchestra in Queen's Hall from 1937 to 1939, which were released by His Master's Voice in the U.K. and RCA Victor in the U.S. EMI later issued recordings of broadcast concerts with Toscanini and the orchestra. Past Principal Guest Conductors have included Bělohlávek and Jukka-Pekka Saraste (2002-2005). The current Principal Guest Conductor is the American conductor David Robertson, who took on the role in October 2005 and has recently extended his contract to 2011. Arturo Toscanini (March 25, 1867 – January 16, 1957) was an Italian musician. ... The Queens Hall was a classical music concert hall in Central London, opened in 1893 but is best known for being where The Promenade Concerts were founded in 1895. ... His Masters Voice, often abbreviated to HMV, is a famous trademark in the music business, and for many years was the name of a large record company. ... Sony BMG Music Entertainment is the result of a 50/50 joint venture between Sony Music Entertainment (part of Sony) and BMG Entertainment (part of Bertelsmann AG) completed in August 2004. ... For other uses, see EMI (disambiguation). ... Jukka-Pekka Saraste (born April 22, 1956) is a Finnish conductor. ... David Robertson [1] (born 19 July 1958 in Santa Monica, California, USA) is an American conductor. ...


The orchestra frequently commissions works by contemporary composers, and is a particular champion of new British works. Harrison Birtwistle's Earth Dances, Pierre Boulez' Rituel in memoriam Bruno Maderna and John Tavener's The Protecting Veil were all BBC commissions first played by the BBC Symphony Orchestra. A composer is a person who writes music. ... Sir Harrison Paul Birtwistle, CH (born July 15, 1934) is a British composer, widely seen as one of the most significant modern composers from that country. ... Pierre Boulez Pierre Boulez (IPA: /pjɛʁ.buˈlɛz/) (born March 26, 1925) is a conductor and composer of classical music. ... Rituel in Memoriam Bruno Maderna (1974-1975) is a composition for large chamber ensemble in eight groups by the French composer Pierre Boulez. ... John Tavener should not be confused with the sixteenth-century composer John Taverner. ...


The orchestra plays a prominent role in The Proms, the annual season of concerts played at the Royal Albert Hall. It plays on both the first and last nights of the season. A Promenade concert in the Royal Albert Hall, 2004. ... “Albert Hall” redirects here. ...


The other professional BBC performing groups are the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the BBC Big Band and the BBC Singers. There are also two volunteer choruses, the BBC Symphony Chorus and the BBC National Chorus of Wales. The BBC Philharmonic is a professional symphony orchestra based in Manchester, United Kingdom. ... The BBC National Orchestra of Wales is the main full scale professional orchestra in Wales. ... The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra is the BBCs classical music ensemble in Scotland. ... The BBC Concert Orchestra is based in London and is one of the British Broadcasting Corporations five orchestras. ... The BBC Big Band, sometimes called the BBC Radio Big Band, is a British band run under the auspices of the BBC. It consists of professional musicians usually under conductor Barry Forgie, who has been conducting them on a regular basis since 1977, or Jiggs Whigham, who has been associated... The BBC Singers is a professional Chamber Choir run by the BBC, founded in 1924. ... The BBC Symphony Chorus is one of the finest and most distinctive amateur choruses in the United Kingdom and celebrated its 75th Anniversary during the 2003-04 season. ...

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Chief conductors

Sir Adrian Cedric Boult CH (April 8, 1889 – February 22, 1983) was an English conductor. ... Sir (Harold) Malcolm (Watts) Sargent (April 29, 1895 – October 3, 1967) was a British conductor, organist and composer. ... Rudolf Schwarz (1905-1984) was an Austrian conductor. ... Antal Doráti (April 9, 1906 – November 13, 1988) was a conductor and composer. ... For the former Formula One driver, see Colin Davis (driver) Sir Colin Rex Davis, CH, CBE (b. ... Pierre Boulez Pierre Boulez (IPA: /pjɛʁ.buˈlɛz/) (born March 26, 1925) is a conductor and composer of classical music. ... Rudolf Kempe (June 14, 1910 – May 12, 1976) was a German conductor. ... Russian conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky (left) with Czech composer Lukáš Matoušek at the closing concert of Prague Spring Festival 2007, Municipal Hall, Prague. ... Sir John Michael Pritchard CBE (February 5, 1921 – December 5, 1989) was an English conductor. ... Sir Andrew Frank Davis CBE (born 2 February 1944) is a British conductor. ... Leonard Slatkin (born September 1, 1944) is an American conductor. ... Jiří Bělohlávek (born February 24, 1946 in Prague) is a Czech conductor. ...

External links

  • BBC Symphony Orchestra Official website
  • Discography at SonyBMG Masterworks

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