BBC Symphony Orchestra

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BBC Symphony Orchestra

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HUGHES, Paul Michael (born 1956), General Manager: BBC Symphony Orchestra, and BBC Symphony Chorus, since 1999; BBC Singers, since 2012

CIVIL, Alan (1928 - 1989), Principal Horn, BBC Symphony Orchestra, 1966–88, retired

CUNDELL, Edric (1893 - 1961), composer and conductor; Principal of Guildhall School of Music and Drama 1938–59; conducted London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Sadlers Wells Opera, Cape Town Orchestra and BBC Symphony Concerts

SLATKIN, Leonard (born 1944), conductor; music director; Music Director: Detroit Symphony Orchestra, since 2008; Orchestre National de Lyon, since 2010; National Symphony Orchestra, Washington, 1995–2008; Chief Conductor, BBC Symphony Orchestra, 2000–04

ORAMO, Sakari (born 1965), Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, since 2008; Chief Conductor: BBC Symphony Orchestra, since 2013; Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, since 2013

MAKSYMIUK, Jerzy (born 1936), conductor; Chief Conductor, 1983–93, Conductor Laureate, 1993, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

KEMPE, Rudolf (1910 - 1976), Principal Conductor for life, 1970, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Generalmusikdirektor, Münchner Philharmoniker, München, since 1967; Principal Conductor, BBC Symphony Orchestra, since 1975; also long contracts with Royal Opera, Covent Garden

HALSEY, Simon Patrick (born 1958), Chorus Director: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, since 1983; London Symphony Orchestra, since 2012; Director, BBC Proms Youth Chorus, since 2012; Chief Conductor, Rundfunkchor Berlin, 2001–15, now Conductor Laureate; Artistic Director, Berlin Philharmonic Youth Choral Programme, since 2012; Professor and Director of Choral Activities, University of Birmingham, since 2012

SARGENT, (Harold) Malcolm (Watts) (1895 - 1967), Chief Conductor BBC Symphony Orchestra, 1950 until September 1957 (subsequently Conductor-in-Chief of the Promenade Concerts and Chief Guest Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra); Conductor Orchestral Classes, and Professor Royal College of Music, since 1923; Conductor-in-Chief Royal Choral Society, 1928; Conductor: Huddersfield Choral Society since 1932; Liverpool Welsh Choral Union since 1941; Ceramic City Choir (Hanley) since 1942; Leeds Philharmonia Society since 1949; Hon. Adviser in Music to the Royal Marines since 1949; President of the National Youth Orchestra, 1957; President, RSPCA, 1958; Joint President, London Union of Youth Clubs, 1964

SAMMONS, Albert E. (1886 - 1957), Prof. of Violin, Roy. Coll. of Music, London; Solo Violinist, at the Sir Thomas Beecham, BBC, London Symphony Philharmonic, Hallé, and Scottish orchestras and leading festivals; late leader of the London String Quartette Chamber Music Players, Russian Ballet (Berlin and Covent Garden) and late leader and soloist of Monteux’s orchestra, Dieppe; sometime member of HM’s private band


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Chief orch. of the BBC, formed 1930 with 114 (later 119) players on permanent contract. Has given f.ps. of many works by Brit. composers. Guest conds. have incl. the world's leading exponents, notably Toscanini. Chief conds. since inception: Adrian Boult 1931–50; Malcolm Sargent 1950–7; Rudolf Schwarz 1957–62; Antal Dorati 1962–6; Colin Davis 1967–71; Pierre Boulez 1971–5; Rudolf Kempe 1975–6; Gennady Rozhdestvensky 1978–81; John Pritchard 1981–9; Andrew Davis 1989–2000; Leonard Slatkin 2000–5; Jiří Bělohlávek from 2006. Other BBC sym. orchs. are the Philharmonic (based in Manchester), Scottish (based in Glasgow), and Welsh (based in Cardiff and known from 1993 as BBC National Orchestra of Wales). The BBC Symphony Chorus was formed 1928 as National Chorus (at its 1st concert, 23 Nov. 1928, Bantock cond. f.p. of his Pilgrim's Progress). Name changed to BBC Chorus 1932, to BBC Choral Society 1935, to present title 1977. Up to 1976, ch. master was dir. of BBC Singers, but in that year separate appointment (Brian Wright) was made.

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