BBC Symphony Orchestra
The BBC Symphony Orchestra has played a central role in the heart of British musical life since its inception in 1930. It provides the backbone of the BBC Proms with around a dozen concerts each year and is Associate Orchestra of the Barbican. The BBC SO has a strong commitment to 20th-century and contemporary music. 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. As associate Orchestra of the Barbican, the BBC SO performs an annual season of concerts there and is also committed to innovative educational work.