BBC Symphony Orchestra

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Introduction

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, performing around a dozen concerts there each year, including the First and Last Nights.

Alongside its appearances at the BBC Proms, the BBC SO performs an annual season of concerts at the Barbican, where it is Associate Orchestra. Highlights of the 2019-20 season include William Alwyn’s opera Miss Julie conducted by Chief Conductor Sakari Oramo,  two concerts with Dalia Stasevska featuring music by Stravinsky, Sibelius and Helen Grime, concerts of  words and music with Neil Gaiman and David Walliams and Beethoven’s Missa solemnis with the BBC Symphony Chorus.

Central to the orchestra’s life are studio recordings for BBC Radio 3, which are free to attend, as well as performances around the world and the vast majority of performances are broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and available for 30 days after broadcast on BBC Sounds.

Askonas Holt is delighted to be taking the BBC Symphony Orchestra on a 6-concert tour to China in summer 2019, including concerts in Beijing and Shanghai.


Introduction

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, performing around a dozen concerts there each year, including the First and Last Nights.

Alongside its appearances at the BBC Proms, the BBC SO performs an annual season of concerts at the Barbican, where it is Associate Orchestra. Highlights of the 2019-20 season include William Alwyn’s opera Miss Julie conducted by Chief Conductor Sakari Oramo,  two concerts with Dalia Stasevska featuring music by Stravinsky, Sibelius and Helen Grime, concerts of  words and music with Neil Gaiman and David Walliams and Beethoven’s Missa solemnis with the BBC Symphony Chorus.

Central to the orchestra’s life are studio recordings for BBC Radio 3, which are free to attend, as well as performances around the world and the vast majority of performances are broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and available for 30 days after broadcast on BBC Sounds.

Askonas Holt is delighted to be taking the BBC Symphony Orchestra on a 6-concert tour to China in summer 2019, including concerts in Beijing and Shanghai.

Performance Schedule

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    20:00 30 Jun 2019 Shenzhen Concert Hall, SHENZHEN

    BEETHOVEN Egmont Overture
    MAHLER Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (arr. Arnold Schoenberg)
    SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 10 in E minor

    Mezzo-soprano: Catherine Wyn-Rogers
    Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis

    BBC Symphony Orchestra

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    19:30 02 Jul 2019 Grand Theatre, TIANJIN

    HUANG RUO Folk Songs for Orchestra

    I: Flower Drum Song from Feng Yang
    II: Love Song from Kang Ding
    III: Little Blue Flower
    IV: The Girl from the Da Ban City

    TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor
    ELGAR Enigma Variations

    Piano: Pavel Kolesnikov
    Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis

    BBC Symphony Orchestra

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    19:30 03 Jul 2019 National Centre for the Performing Arts, BEIJING

    BEETHOVEN Egmont Overture
    MAHLER Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (arr. Arnold Schoenberg)
    SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 10 in E minor

    Mezzo-soprano: Catherine Wyn-Rogers
    Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis

    BBC Symphony Orchestra

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    19:30 05 Jul 2019 Jiangsu Centre for the Performing Arts, NANJING

    HUANG RUO Folk Songs for Orchestra

    I: Flower Drum Song from Feng Yang
    II: Love Song from Kang Ding
    III: Little Blue Flower
    IV: The Girl from the Da Ban City

    TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor
    ELGAR Enigma Variations

    Piano: Pavel Kolesnikov
    Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis

    BBC Symphony Orchestra

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    19:30 06 Jul 2019 Symphony Hall, SHANGHAI

    HUANG RUO Folk Songs for Orchestra

    I: Flower Drum Song from Feng Yang
    II: Love Song from Kang Ding
    III: Little Blue Flower
    IV: The Girl from the Da Ban City

    TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor
    ELGAR Enigma Variations

    Piano: Pavel Kolesnikov
    Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis

    BBC Symphony Orchestra

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    19:30 07 Jul 2019 Symphony Hall, SHANGHAI

    ELIZABETH MACONCHY Proud Thames Overture
    SAINT‐SAËNS Samson and Delilah – “Mon coeur s’ouvre à ta voix”
    DONIZETTI La favorita – “O mio Fernand”
    OFFENBACH La Perichole – “Ah quel diner”
    BRITTEN The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra
    RAYMOND YIU Xocolatl
    STRAVINSKY The Firebird Suite
    HENRY WOOD Fantasia on British Sea Songs

    Saucy Arethusa
    Jack’s the Lad (Hornpipe)
    Home Sweet Home
    See, the Conqu’ring Hero comes

    ARNE Rule, Britannia! (arr. Sargent)
    ELGAR Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 in D major, “Land of Hope and Glory”

    Mezzo-soprano: Catherine Wyn-Rogers
    Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis

    BBC Symphony Orchestra