Symphony Orchestras in the UK

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The UK is known to have a love for classical music and symphonic orchestras. This provides the citizens with some of the most accomplished symphonic orchestras in the world and being able to see them in concert is an easy task. Here we look at some of the most well-known symphony orchestras in the UK.

London Philharmonic Orchestra

The London Philharmonic Orchestra is one of five permanent symphony orchestras in London. The orchestra was founded by Sir Thomas Beecham and Malcolm Sargent in 1932 and has been active in the classical music scene ever since. Their respected concert hall is the Royal Festival Hall in London and provides frequent concerts.

BBC Symphony Orchestra

The BBC Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1930 as the first permanent orchestra in London. They have been performing with various well-known conductors, including Arturo Toscanini, Boult Strove, and Sir Malcolm Sargent.

The orchestra has been performing at their respected concert halls, including Barbican Centre, Royal Albert Hall, and Maida Vale Studios.

London Symphony Orchestra

The London Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1904 and is seen as the oldest symphony orchestra in London. LSO was formed by musicians who left Henry Woods Queens Hall Orchestra due to exclusive services which were required by the orchestra.

The orchestra uses a select group of conductors while still possessing a principal conductor for most of their performances.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1893 and is based in Bournemouth but serving the South and South West of England. They have performed with world-renowned conductors, including Sir Dan Godfrey, Rudolf Schwarz, Paavo Berglund, Andre Litton, Marin Alsop, and Constantin Silvestri. Their current conductor is Kirill Karabits, who joined in 2009.

These orchestras are seen as the most popular and largest orchestras based in the UK and touring on an international level with famous classical musicians and conductors providing extraordinary concerts with dramatic and exciting musical atmospheres.