BBC Symphony Orchestra Extends Music Director’s Contract

(Photograph credit score: Benjamin Ealovega)


Sakari Oramo has been the chief conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra (BBCSO) since 2013. He beforehand served in principal positions with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and Metropolis of Birmingham Symphony orchestras.

In 2015, BBCSO prolonged their contract with Oramo till the 2019-20 season and once more in 2020, till the tip of 2023 BBC Proms. Now in his ninth season with the ensemble, Oramo has to this point carried out BBCSO in 27 BBC Proms performances.

Oramo beforehand served as Chief Conductor of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and visitor conductor of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, and Berliner Philharmoniker.

“I’m very glad and past excited to proceed in my place as Chief Conductor of [BBCSO] till the summer time of 2026,” Orama mentioned in a BBC press launch. “On the musical, creative and human degree, I couldn’t think about any higher atmosphere than this musical household…I maintain expensive our contribution to public service broadcasting, bringing the best high quality programming and music making to everybody within the UK and broadly abroad,” he continued.

Director of BBCSO & Refrain and BBC Singers, Paul Hughes, added that Orama’s function with the orchestra has regularly strengthened and deepened the good musical partnership. “Understanding that Sakari will proceed on this function via till 2026, to see the orchestra into its new house in Stratford’s East Financial institution, is incredible information for the orchestra, for the BBC and for our audiences all over the world. I couldn’t be happier,” Hughes expressed. 

On October 5, 2022, Oramo and BBCSO will open their tenth Barbican season collectively — which incorporates the world premiere of Sophie Lacaze’s Sighs of the Stars

Within the days following, Orama may also direct the primary Complete Immersion program of the 2022/23 season which is able to discover the life and work of Jean Sibelius in Sibelius the Storyteller. They are going to be joined by the BBC Singers, Guildhall College’s musicians, and soprano Anu Komsi




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