As befits its busy schedule of broadcasts on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Television, the orchestra has the widest repertory of almost any ensemble in the UK. The only Scottish orchestra to win the Royal Philharmonic Society Award for best orchestra, its commercial recordings have received a number of prizes, including four Gramophone Awards.
Since 2006, the BBC SSO has greatly expanded its programme of concerts and recordings from its permanent home base at Glasgow City Halls, and each season it continues to appear in other Scottish towns and cities. As Scotland’s leading supporter of new music the orchestra has established strong links with local communities through an innovative learning programme. Abroad, it has appeared in many of the great musical centres of Europe and has toured the USA, South America and been twice to China, most recently in May 2008.
Donald Runnicles became the BBC SSO’s Chief Conductor in September 2009 a post which runs concurrently with his position as General Music Director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin. He succeeded Ilan Volkov (Chief Conductor of the BBC SSO from January 2003-September 2009) who now holds the post of Principal Guest Conductor.
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