The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra was formed in December 1935 and is a key contributor to the BBC’s broadcasting and cultural role. Now in its 78th year, it performs to large and enthusiastic audiences in venues throughout Scotland, and carries out a busy schedule of broadcasts and concerts for BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio Scotland, BBC television, and online. 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.

Based at City Halls in Glasgow since 2006, the BBC SSO is Scotland’s leading champion of new music, and has established strong links with local communities through an innovative learning programme. It also has a partner role in the Big Noise project, Scotland’s innovative engine for social change through music, and it maintains a close association with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, working over a variety of disciplines with conductors, composers, soloists and orchestral players.

The BBC SSO appears annually at the BBC Proms and the Edinburgh International Festival, as well as other major festivals throughout the world. Recent highlights in the calendar include Tectonics Glasgow, a festival of new music which brought together composers and musicians from different worlds and backgrounds, and a very successful tour of The Netherlands and Belgium, both with Ilan Volkov. In the coming season there will be concerts featuring music from the USA, including John Adams’s jazz-inspired symphony, City Noir, a new composition from Artist-in-Association Matthias Pintscher, and major works by Britten and Mahler, with the Fifth and Ninth Symphonies conducted by Donald Runnicles. Finally, Andrew Manze will conclude one of the most thrilling projects the orchestra has undertaken in recent years, the complete cycle of Symphonies by Vaughan Williams, which will climax in May 2014 in Glasgow with a performance of A Sea Symphony.

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