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 performs Beethoven and 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’s 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 Total Immersion: Ligeti – BBC SO/Oramo
Many of György Ligeti’s greatest orchestral works come together in a kaleidoscopic concert of shifting colours and shimmering plays of texture.
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/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.