BBC Symphony Orchestra 2018–19
The backbone of the BBC Proms and one of the UK's finest orchestras, the BBC SO performs a thrilling, distinctive range of music, from works at the heart of classical music to contemporary premieres.
BBC SO/Brabbins: Ethel Smyth Mass in D
The BBC Symphony Chorus launches its 90th birthday season with a concert featuring Ethel Smyth’s Mass in D and Tchaikovsky’s heartfelt First Piano Concerto.
Martyn Brabbins conducts an all-British concert including a classic 20th century symphony and a newly commissioned song-cycle, both inspired by the Great War.
BBC SO/Payare: Shostakovich Symphony No 5
Love and death collide with wit and irreverence in a programme of contemporary classics, which has one of the century’s most powerful symphonies at its heart.
BBC SO/Gardner: Berlioz's L’Enfance du Christ
Berlioz’s oratorio shows the composer at his most tenderly evocative – a ravishing retelling of the Christmas story with echoes of Bach’s Passions.
BBC SO/Koenigs perform Beethoven & Schoenberg
A concert of musical darkness and light pairs Beethoven’s sunny Violin Concerto with the atmospheric shadows of Schoenberg’s Pelleas und Melisande.
BBC SO/Oramo: Richard Causton, Schumann and Brahms
Two great Romantic works – Schumann’s heart-on-sleeve Cello Concerto and Brahms’ Third Symphony – celebrate the friendship and musical kinship between the two composers.
BBC SO and Chorus/JS Bach: Mass in B minor
John Butt, one of the boldest and most innovative Bach-interpreters today, conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus in his mighty B Minor Mass.
BBC SO/Canellakis: Larcher & Beethoven
Award-winning American conductor Karina Canellakis pairs one of Beethoven’s best-loved symphonies with a major UK premiere by Austrian musical maverick Thomas Larcher.
BBC SO/Vedernikov Shostakovich: Symphony No 4
Shostakovich’s emotionally-charged epic Fourth Symphony is the centrepiece of a concert that also includes a new concerto for BBCSO Principal Trombonist Helen Vollam.
BBC SO/Oramo: Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde
The nimble, Classical wit of Mozart’s Symphony No 35 is here set against the expansive sensuality and Romantic richness of Mahler’s great orchestral song-cycle Das Lied von der Erde.
BBC SO/Macelaru: Beethoven and Mason Bates
Fantastical beasts prowl through a concert pairing Beethoven’s colourful ballet with Mason Bates’ Anthology of Fantastic Zoology.
Paddington Bear's Musical Adventures
Join the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conductor Ben Palmer and a special guest narrator as they take Michael Bond’s Paddington™ on two fun-filled, musical escapades.
BBC SO / Oramo / Shostakovich, Copland and Prokofiev
Three 20th century masterpieces, each composed in the shadow of World War II, come together in a concert of musical and emotional contrasts.
The BBC Symphony Orchestra marks the centenary of Polish independence with a concert celebrating the nation’s rich musical legacy.
BBC SO Total Immersion: In Remembrance WWI The Silver Tassie
A rare opportunity to see Mark-Anthony Turnage’s powerful, anti-war opera, performed here by an outstanding British cast.