BBC Symphony Orchestra 2017–18

Associate Orchestra

Photo of Sakari Oramo conducting an orchestra

In his fifth season with the BBC SO,Chief Conductor Sakari Oramo leads the orchestra in a celebration of Finnish music which includes a complete cycle of Sibelius’s symphonies.

Total Immersion days explore the music of Esa-Pekka Salonen, Leonard Bernstein and Julian Anderson. Conductor Laureate Sir Andrew Davis returns twice, and there are debuts from some of today’s most exciting young conductors and instrumentalists.

The BBC SO’s commitment to new music continues with performances of works by Anna Clyne, Betsy Jolas, George Walker and Raymond Yiu, among others.The voice plays an important role in the season, with two operas, Jake Heggie’s powerful Dead Man Walking and Granados’s Goyescas, and the BBC Symphony Chorus joins the BBC SO for Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius and Vaughan Williams’s mighty A Sea Symphony.