BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

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BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Chief Conductor: Donald Runnicles
Principal Guest Conductor: Ilan Volkov
Associate Guest Conductor: Andrew Manze
Artist-in-Association: Matthias Pintscher
Conductor Laureate: Jerzy Maksymiuk

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra was formed in December 1935. Now in its 80th 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 its thriving learning and outreach programme. It is also a major partner in Big Noise, Scotland’s innovative project 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 Edinburgh International Festival, as well as at other major festivals throughout the world; earlier this year it toured India (Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai) with violinist Nicola Benedetti, conductor James MacMillan and members of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Future highlights include special concerts in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow to celebrate the 60th birthday of Chief Conductor Donald Runnicles, all three of James MacMillan’s Piano Concertos played by Peter Donohoe and, as part of an exploration of Shakespeare in music, a performance of the incidental music Mendelssohn composed for A Midsummer Night’s Dream as well as Walton’s score for the 1944 film Henry V.

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G1 1NQ

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