BBC Symphony Orchestra


The BBC Symphony Orchestra has been at the heart of British musical life since it was founded in 1930. It plays a central role in the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, performing at the First and Last Night each year in addition to regular appearances throughout the Proms season with the world’s leading conductors and soloists.

The BBC SO performs an annual season of concerts at the Barbican in London where it is Associate Orchestra. Its commitment to contemporary music is demonstrated by a range of premieres each season, as well as Total Immersion days devoted to specific composers or themes.

The vast majority of the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s performances are broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and a number of studio recordings each season are free to attend. These often feature up-and-coming new talent including members of BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists scheme. All broadcasts are available for at least 30 days on BBC Sounds and the BBC SO can also be seen and heard on BBC TV and BBC iPlayer, as well as the BBC’s online archive, Experience Classical.


  • Jun 2019 - Jul 2019
    BBC Symphony Orchestra | China | June-July 2019

    Sir Andrew Davis Catherine Wyn-Rodgers (mezzo-soprano) Pavel Kolesnikov (piano) Programme 1: Beethoven Egmont Overture, Mahler Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, Shostakovich Symphony No.10 Programme 2: Huang Ruo Folk Songs for Orchestra, Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.32, Elgar Enigma Variations Programme 3: Maconchy Overture Proud Thames: Coronation Overture, Saint-Saëns Mon Coeur s’ouvre á ta voix from ‘Samson and Delilah’, Donizetti O mi Fernando from ‘La Vavorita’, Offenbach Ah quel diner (drunken aria) from ‘La Perichole’, Britten Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Huang Ruo Folk Songs for Orchestra, Stravinsky Firebird Suite (1919), Wood Fantasia on British Sea Songs Shenzhen Concert Hall | Tianjin Grand Theatre | Beijing National Center for the Performing Arts | Jiangsu Centre for the Performing Arts | Shanghai Symphony Hall