Association of British Orchestras

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Contact details

City Halls Candleriggs Glasgow
G1 1NQ
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Chief Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard
Principal Guest Conductor: Ilan Volkov
Artist-in-Association: Matthias Pintscher
Associate Guest Conductor: John Wilson
Conductor Emeritus: Donald Runnicles
Conductor Laureate: Jerzy Maksymiuk

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra is renowned as one of the UK’s most brilliant and versatile orchestras, with a rich history of performing, broadcasting, recording and touring in Scotland, the UK and overseas.

Since 2016, Chief Conductor Thomas Dausgaard has established an innovative partnership with the BBC SSO based on ground-breaking programming, including a focus on “Composer Roots”, placing classical masterpieces in context through collaborations with folk musicians, music students and choirs; the “Scottish Inspirations” series of BBC Commissions, re-igniting the fascination with Scotland shared by artists for centuries and enriching the repertoire with major new compositions by leading contemporary composers; and an ambitious programme of touring and recording, which has so far seen a highly successful first European tour together and, which later this season, will feature major new commercial recordings of Bartók and Sibelius.

Formed in 1935, and based at Glasgow’s City Halls 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 a partner in ‘Big Noise’, Scotland’s project for social change through music; it plays a major role in the BBC’s Ten Pieces initiative; and has a close association with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, working across a variety of disciplines with conductors, composers, soloists and orchestral players.

The orchestra appears regularly at the BBC Proms and Edinburgh International Festival and it is a recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society Award and of four Gramophone Awards. It maintains a busy schedule of broadcasts for BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Television and online.

May 2018

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
BBC Scotland, City Halls, Candleriggs
Glasgow G1 1NQ

Annual Conference

The next ABO conference will take place in Glasgow from 9 – 11 February 2022.