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.
Composer Focus – Episode 5: Jean Sibelius with Sakari Oramo
In the final episode, host Edward Seckerson is joined by BBC Symphony Orchestra conductor Sakari Oramo to discuss his fellow countryman Jean Sibelius, and the themes of nature and Finnish national identity woven throughout his music.
Hear some of the most-loved music from the classical repertoire.
BBC SO Total Immersion: Lili and Nadia Boulanger concert
This Total Immersion event dedicated to sisters Nadia and Lili Boulanger reaches its climax in a concert of some of their best-known works.
BBC SO/Bychkov: Shostakovich
Semyon Bychkov brings together three of Shostakovich’s best-loved pieces; all products of the same golden year, 1957 – in a concert that climaxes with a performance of the powerful Eleventh Symphony.
BBC SO/Davis: Tippett, Szymanowski and Debussy
A triptych of 20th century works by Debussy, Tippett and Symanowski each floods their musical canvass with colour and sensation. Together they offer a vibrant, unusually sensual portrait of their age.
BBC SO/Oramo/Benedetti: Elgar & Dvorák
Two great Romantic works, each with a very personal significance for their composer, are paired here in a concert of music that celebrates friendship and mourns loss.
BBC SO/Oramo: The Rite of Spring
An all-Russian concert of firsts introduces the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s joint leader with a major concerto performance and sees the orchestra perform a long-lost work by Stravinsky.
BBC SO/Carneiro: Golijov and John Adams
Standing on the shoulders of giants: a concert of 21st century choral and orchestral music by John Adams, Augusta Read Thomas, Osvaldo Golijov looks to the past for inspiration.
BBC SO/Robertson: Raymond Yiu/Britten/Shostakovich
A spirit of youthful exuberance and invention animates a diverse programme of contemporary works from Britten, Shostakovich and Raymond Yiu.
BBC SO/Oramo: Larcher and Mahler
An all-Viennese programme closes the season with the powerful musical statement that is Mahler’s Seventh Symphony – an orchestral ‘Night-Song’ of luminous intensity and beauty.
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.
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.