Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard
Guest Conductor: Ilan Volkov
Guest Conductor: John Wilson
Emeritus: Donald Runnicles
Formed in December 1935, the BBC
Scottish Symphony Orchestra is Scotland’s national broadcasting orchestra and
performs to large and enthusiastic audiences in venues throughout the
country. It has been at the heart of the
nation’s cultural life for many years and has a well-earned reputation for its
creative ambition, its pioneering spirit and huge diversity of repertoire. It
maintains a busy schedule of broadcasts for BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio Scotland,
BBC Television, and Online.
Based at City Halls in Glasgow, the
BBC SSO is Scotland’s leading champion of new music, and has established strong
links with local communities through its thriving learning and outreach
programme. It is a major partner in Big Noise, Scotland’s innovative
project for social change through music, is playing a major role in the BBC’s Ten
Pieces initiative, and has a close association with the Royal Conservatoire
of Scotland, working over a variety of disciplines with conductors, composers,
soloists and orchestral players. It
appears regularly at the BBC Proms and Edinburgh International Festival and at
other major festivals. In recent years the orchestra has toured to India, South
America, China, Holland, Germany and Austria.
Thomas Dausgaard became Chief
Conductor in September 2016 taking over from Donald Runnicles who held the post
since 2009 and now becomes Conductor Emeritus.
A past recipient of the Royal
Philharmonic Society Award for Best Orchestra, the BBC SSO’s commercial
recordings have received a number of prizes, including four Gramophone Awards.
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