The BBC Symphony Orchestra has played a central role at the heart of British musical life since its inception in 1930, and as the flagship orchestra of the BBC provides the backbone of the BBC Proms with at least a dozen concerts each year, including the First and Last Nights. Strongly committed to twentieth-century and contemporary music, it has given the premiere of more than 1,000 works by composers such as Bartók, Britten, Hindemith, Holst, Stravinsky and Shostakovich, and more recently has premiered BBC commissions by Simon Bainbridge, Jonathan Dove, Michael Nyman and Sir John Tavener among others. Its annual season of concerts as Associate Orchestra of the Barbican includes a weekend each January focusing upon a single composer from the twentieth or twenty-first century, most recently James MacMillan, Elliott Carter and Sofia Gubaidulina.
Jiří Bĕlohlávek took up the post of Chief Conductor in July 2006 and David Robertson was appointed Principal Guest Conductor in 2005. The BBC SO works frequently with Conductor Laureate Sir Andrew Davis and Artist-in-Association John Adams. All concerts are broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and a number are televised, giving the BBC Symphony Orchestra the highest broadcast profile of any orchestra in the UK. The BBC SO is committed to innovative education work, with ongoing projects including the BBC SO Family Orchestra and Music Intro, introducing families to concert-going.
The BBC SO has appeared on 34 of NMC’s CDs, including the best-selling recording of Elgar’s Third Symphony.
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'This showcasefor the British composer, Peter Paul Nash, reveals an unsung talent of power and originality' The Sunday Times 1997
'The BBC Symphony Orchestra gives a vivid account, while the BBC Singers demonstrate both their own and the composer's range' The Observer 1997
Recording date: 4 January 1997 (Symphony No 1), 22 June 1996 (Choruses)
Recording venue: BBC Studio 1, Maida Vale, London (Symphony No 1), St Edmund's Church, Southwold (Choruses)
Engineers: Mike Clements (Symphony No 1), Rod Dollimore, Marvin Ware (Choruses)
Producers: Colin Matthews (Symphony No 1), Michael Emery (Choruses)
Editing & mastering: Stephen Frost
Cover image: Photo: Keith Saunders
(P) 1999 NMC Recordings Ltd (Symphony No 1)
(P) 1996 BBC (Choruses)