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The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (BBC SSO) is the BBC's classical music radio orchestra in Scotland.

Founded as the BBC Scottish Orchestra in 1935 by the Scottish composer and conductor Ian Whyte, the orchestra developed a strong profile supporting the BBC Symphony Orchestra in the UK and abroad, performing regularly at the BBC Proms, the Edinburgh and Cheltenham festivals. Every season, it tours Scotland extensively, bringing orchestral classical music to the smaller provincial towns as well as the larger cities. It also has a recording contract with Hyperion Records.

From 2003 to 2009, the orchestra's Chief Conductor was the Israeli-born Ilan Volkov, the youngest-ever chief conductor of any BBC orchestra. In 2006 the orchestra returned to its home, the Glasgow City Hall, which had undergone several years of restoration and refurbishment.[1] Jonathan Harvey was the BBC SSO's Composer-in-Association from 2005 until 2008.[2] In September 2007, the orchestra announced the conclusion of Volkov's tenure as chief conductor in September 2009.[3] In October 2007, the orchestra announced the appointment of Donald Runnicles as its next Chief Conductor in September 2009, for an initial contract of 3 years..[4] [5] In December 2008, the BBC SSO announced the appointment of Volkov as its principal guest conductor, to commence after the conclusion of his tenure as chief conductor, for an initial contract of 3 years with 4 weeks of scheduled guest-conducting appearances.[6]


Principal Conductors and Chief Conductors


Principal Conductors

Chief Conductors

Composer in Association


  • Jonathan Harvey: Body Mandala - Anu Komsi (soprano), BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Ilan Volkov (conductor). Label: NMC[7]
  • English Orchestral Songs – Christopher Maltman (baritone), BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Martyn Brabbins (conductor), Adrian Adlam (leader). Label: Hyperion.

Notes and references

  1. ^ George Hall (2006-01-29). "Look north for acoustic paradise". The Guardian.,,1697218,00.html. Retrieved 2007-04-03.  
  2. ^ Jonathan Harvey, composer's biography
  3. ^ Tim Cornwell, "Top conductor to leave Scottish Symphony Orchestra" The Scotsman, 2007-09-18.
  4. ^ Tim Cornwell, "Conductor back after 18 years to lead BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra". The Scotsman, 2007-10-02.
  5. ^ Matthew Westphal (2007-10-01). "Homecoming: Donald Runnicles to Succeed Ilan Volkov at BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra". Playbill Arts. Retrieved 2008-09-14.  
  6. ^ Michael Tumelty (2008-12-10). "Working with perfect harmony". The Herald. Retrieved 2008-12-11.  
  7. ^ BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (26 September 2008). "News: BBC SSO wins coveted Gramophone Award". Press release. Retrieved 2009-09-22.  

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