The BBC Symphony Orchestra today announces that Sakari Oramo has extended his current contract and will remain as their Chief Conductor until 2022.

Across the past five years Oramo and the BBC Symphony Orchestra have fostered an extraordinarily fruitful relationship, evidenced by the rich and varied projects delivered through their residency at the Barbican Centre, London, performances at many BBC Proms, and concerts around the UK and internationally, not least a hugely successful ten concert tour of Japan in March.

Covering a broad range of repertoire from Haydn to Villa Lobos, through to day-long explorations of living composers as part of the orchestra’s Total Immersion Series, the musical heights of the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Oramo’s guidance are assured. The recent completion of the highly acclaimed Sibelius symphony cycle cemented this relationship. John Allison in the Daily Telegraph argued that Oramo’s survey of Sibelius’s symphonies proved ‘one of the most rewarding Sibelius symphony cycles London has ever heard’, and the cycle will shortly appear on CD.

A mutual trust between conductor and orchestra has developed over the past five years garnering a reputation for both excellence and experimentation in the musical landscape explored together.

Sakari Oramo, Chief Conductor, BBC Symphony Orchestra, says: “The recent Sibelius symphony cycle with the BBC SO truly melted my heart. The extraordinary musicianship of the players and dedication to a range of music as diverse as Anna Clyne’s This Midnight Hour to Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius is why I am delighted to continue working with the orchestra. We’ve done so much already and look forward to many exciting projects to come. I am grateful to all at the BBC Symphony Orchestra for their continued support of our musical ambitions”.

Paul Hughes, General Manager, BBC Symphony Orchestra, says: “In all my experience I have never witnessed a relationship as close or as fruitful as that between Sakari and the BBC SO. His musical curiosity is boundless and his ability to make even the most well-known works sound as if I’d never heard them before makes me incredibly excited that this partnership is set to continue.”


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