The BBC Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1930. Since its establishment it has played a central role at the heart of British musical. It provides the backbone of the BBC Proms with around a dozen concerts each year, including the First and Last Nights, and is Associate Orchestra of the Barbican.
Central to the Orchestra's life are studio recordings for BBC Radio 3 at the Orchestra's Maida Vale home, some of which are free for the public to attend. In addition the Orchestra records for several commercial labels. Performing throughout the world, the BBC SO has recently given concerts in China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Germany.
All concerts are broadcast on BBC Radio 3, streamed live online and available for seven days via the BBC iPlayer, and a number are televised, giving the BBC Symphony Orchestra the highest broadcast profile of any UK orchestra.
The Orchestra is committed to innovative education work. Ongoing projects include the Family Music Intro scheme, introducing families to live classical music, BBC SO Student Zone and the highly successful BBC SO Family Orchestra. Total Immersion composer events also provide rich material for education work with wide audiences, and extensive plans are under way in partnership with the Barbican, the Westminster and Hammersmith & Fulham music services, the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.
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