Young audiences crescendo as the BBC Scottish Symphony
Orchestra launches its new concert seasons across Scotland

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra has announced its concerts across Glasgow, Aberdeen
and Edinburgh from September 2024 to May 2025, with performances available on BBC Radio 3,
BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Sounds and BBC iPlayer.
The announcement comes during its current season when young audiences have hit new heights,
with Under 26s and Students making up 1 in 4 audience members across the Thursday Night
Series, reaching up to 34% of ticket sales.


2024/25 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS

  • The introduction of three Sunday concerts in Glasgow’s Afternoon Performance series,
    showcasing remarkable BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists.
  • In his third season as Chief Conductor, Ryan Wigglesworth [pictured] continues a survey of Elgar’s
    major works with The Dream of Gerontius and takes to the keyboard as soloist/director.
  • Indian musical royalty perform in Aberdeen and Glasgow as tabla superstar Zakir
    Hussain performs his Triple Concerto.
  • The orchestra champions music of the 21st century, including world premieres by Helen
    Grime and Ricardo Ferro, plus works by Donghoon Shin, Errollyn Wallen, Gabriela
    Montero and the orchestra’s Composer-in-Association Hans Abrahamsen.
  • Ilan Volkov conducts two percussion concertos with Scottish virtuoso Colin Currie,
    including a UK premiere by Olga Neuwirth.
  • Choral collaborations with the Huddersfield Choral Society, the University of Edinburgh
    Chamber Choir, Glasgow Chamber Choir and the University of Glasgow Chapel Choir.
  • A celebration of music from the Nordic region as part of Nordic Music Days 2024.
  • Live broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Sounds, with select performances also available
    on BBC Radio Scotland and BBC iPlayer.
    THIRD SEASON WITH CHIEF CONDUCTOR RYAN WIGGLESWORTH

In September 2024, Ryan Wigglesworth begins his third season as Chief Conductor with a folk-
inspired world premiere and BBC commission by Scottish composer Helen Grime, featuring

soprano Claire Booth. Wigglesworth continues his survey of Elgar’s major works with The Dream
of Gerontius (featuring Huddersfield Choral Society and all-star line-up of soloists) at the
magnificent settings of Paisley Abbey and Usher Hall. He also takes to the keyboard as soloist
and director for Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.17.

Chief Conductor Ryan Wigglesworth says: “We welcome a stellar line-up of soloists, including my
longtime collaborator, Mark Padmore, to perform what is perhaps the greatest of Britten’s orchestral
song cycles, his Nocturne. Our commitment to music of the 21st century continues with concertos by
Donghoon Shin and our Composer-in-Association Hans Abrahamsen. Tribute is also paid to the late
Sir Harrison Birtwistle (in what would have been his 90th birthday year) with a performance of the
haunting ‘Night’s Black Bird’. We feature much-loved symphonies by Beethoven, Schumann, Berlioz,
Sibelius and Vaughan Williams, and resume our survey of Elgar’s major works with ‘The Dream of
Gerontius’. It’s a season that once again showcases the incredible versatility of the BBC SSO.”
NEW SUNDAY SERIES – CELEBRATING RADIO 3 NEW GENERATION ARTISTS
The Thursday Afternoon Performance series in Glasgow sees the introduction of three Sunday
concerts that showcase BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists and include popular masterworks by
Berlioz, Rachmaninov and Mahler. Soloists include pianist Giorgi Gigashvili (Beethoven Piano
Concerto No.2), soprano Johanna Wallroth (Strauss songs) and Alim Beisembayev
(Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1). In one of three Thursday afternoons, the BBC SSO’s own
Principal Double Bass Gyunam Kim will perform as soloist in Eduard Tubin’s Concerto for Double
Bass and Orchestra, conducted by Anu Tali.
FAMILIAR AND FRESH FACES PASS THE BATON
The BBC SSO’s Creative Partner Ilan Volkov conducts two concertos featuring “the world’s finest
and most daring percussionist” (The Spectator) Colin Currie, including a UK premiere by Austrian
composer Olga Neuwirth (Glasgow) and a concerto by American composer Andy Akiho
(Aberdeen). Tectonics Festival of new and experimental music will also return to Glasgow City
Halls and Old Fruitmarket in May 2025.
The orchestra’s former Artist-in-Association Matthias Pintscher returns to conduct
Rachmaninov’s less frequently performed Piano Concerto No.4 with Denis Kozhukhin. Pintscher
will also conduct his own work Neharot and a world premiere by his student Ricardo Ferro.
Celebrated guest conductors Sir Mark Elder and Antony Hermus present bespoke suites from
two fairy tale ballet scores: Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ and Prokofiev’s ‘Cinderella’,
respectively. The “highly impressive” (The Scotsman) conductor Gemma New makes a welcome
return, touring to Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow with violinist Rosanne Philippens.
Alpesh Chauhan is joined by Indian musical royalty in Aberdeen and Glasgow for Zakir Hussain’s
Triple Concerto for tabla (Zakir Hussain), sitar (Niladri Kumar), bansuri (Rakesh Chaurasia) and
orchestra. This intoxicating combination of eastern and western musical traditions lights the
touch paper for an exhilarating concert that also features Rachmaninov’s Isle of the Dead and
Stravinsky’s The Firebird.

Following an “electric debut” (New York Times) with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra,
conductor Elim Chan launches the orchestra’s Edinburgh Series in October 2024 with music by
Caroline Shaw and Brahms. Plus, Venezuelan virtuoso Gabriella Montero performs as soloist in
her own exuberant ‘Latin’ Piano Concerto. German conductor Anja Bihlmaier makes her BBC SSO
debut in April 2025, celebrating music of the pioneering 19th century French composer Mélanie
Bonis and Richard Strauss. In this concert, Spanish pianist Javier Perianes plays Mozart.
CHORAL COLLABORATIONS & NORDIC MUSIC DAYS 2024
Martyn Brabbins returns for a life-affirming celebration of music made in Scotland, with works by
Errollyn Wallen, Peter Maxwell Davies and the European premiere of Piano Concerto No.3 by the
late Lyell Cresswell (soloist, Danny Driver). The University of Edinburgh Chamber Choir and
Glasgow Chamber Choir perform modern sacred masterpieces by MacMillan and Cresswell.
Winner of the Finnish critics’ prize 2021 for the Best Newcomer in the Arts, Emilia Hoving
conducts at the 2024 Nordic Music Days festival, hosted in Scotland for the first time since its
inaugural festival in 1888. An Extraordinary Voyage celebrates contemporary music from the
Nordic region, including music by Britta Byström, Eli Tausen á Lava and Maja Ratkje. The
University of Glasgow Chapel Choir feature in Hildur Guðnadóttir’s The Fact of the Matter.
MACMILLAN PRESENTS A NEW GENERATION OF SCOTTISH TALENT
In February 2025, Sir James MacMillan conducts the first Scottish performance of his new
Concerto for Orchestra ‘Ghosts’, and presents a substantial spread of new music from six of his
younger colleagues at the Cumnock Tryst festival – Matthew Grouse, Gillian Walker, Electra
Perivolaris, Scott Lygate, Jay Capperauld and Michael Murray.
CHRISTMAS CONCERTS ACROSS SCOTLAND
The BBC SSO’s festive feast of movie music, Christmas at The Movies, is back by popular demand
on the weekend before Christmas, returning to Edinburgh’s Usher Hall for its second year on
Saturday (21 Dec) and in Glasgow on Sunday (22 Dec), featuring movie maestro Ben Palmer and
singer Jamie MacDougall. This dynamic duo will also present Christmas Classics in Aberdeen.
Dominic Parker, BBC SSO Director, says: “We’re pleased to release details of our 2024/25 Seasons
in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow, our third season with Chief Conductor Ryan Wigglesworth. Full
of familiar audience favourites and bold new works by the most original voices of our time, our
concerts across Scotland will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 with many also available on BBC iPlayer.
I hope that new and loyal audiences will enjoy some of the most thrilling, challenging and hopeful
music that the orchestral world has to offer.”

The majority of concerts will be recorded for BBC Radio 3 with many broadcast live, and some
filmed to watch for free on BBC iPlayer across the season.
DIGITAL SEASON BROCHURES
Glasgow 2024/25 Brochure is available here
Aberdeen 2024/25 Brochure is available here
Edinburgh 2024/25 Brochure is available here
BOOKING INFORMATION
Booking for Aberdeen and Edinburgh opens on Thursday 18 April 2024 (bbc.co.uk/bbcsso)
Booking for Subscription Packages for the Glasgow Thursday Night Series opens on Monday 22
April at www.bbc.co.uk/ssosubscriptions

Young audiences crescendo as the BBC Scottish Symphony
Orchestra launches its new concert seasons across Scotland

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra has announced its concerts across Glasgow, Aberdeen
and Edinburgh from September 2024 to May 2025, with performances available on BBC Radio 3,
BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Sounds and BBC iPlayer.
The announcement comes during its current season when young audiences have hit new heights,
with Under 26s and Students making up 1 in 4 audience members across the Thursday Night
Series, reaching up to 34% of ticket sales.
2024/25 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS

  • The introduction of three Sunday concerts in Glasgow’s Afternoon Performance series,
    showcasing remarkable BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists.
  • In his third season as Chief Conductor, Ryan Wigglesworth continues a survey of Elgar’s
    major works with The Dream of Gerontius and takes to the keyboard as soloist/director.
  • Indian musical royalty perform in Aberdeen and Glasgow as tabla superstar Zakir
    Hussain performs his Triple Concerto.
  • The orchestra champions music of the 21st century, including world premieres by Helen
    Grime and Ricardo Ferro, plus works by Donghoon Shin, Errollyn Wallen, Gabriela
    Montero and the orchestra’s Composer-in-Association Hans Abrahamsen.
  • Ilan Volkov conducts two percussion concertos with Scottish virtuoso Colin Currie,
    including a UK premiere by Olga Neuwirth.
  • Choral collaborations with the Huddersfield Choral Society, the University of Edinburgh
    Chamber Choir, Glasgow Chamber Choir and the University of Glasgow Chapel Choir.
  • A celebration of music from the Nordic region as part of Nordic Music Days 2024.
  • Live broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Sounds, with select performances also available
    on BBC Radio Scotland and BBC iPlayer.
    THIRD SEASON WITH CHIEF CONDUCTOR RYAN WIGGLESWORTH

In September 2024, Ryan Wigglesworth begins his third season as Chief Conductor with a folk-
inspired world premiere and BBC commission by Scottish composer Helen Grime, featuring

soprano Claire Booth. Wigglesworth continues his survey of Elgar’s major works with The Dream
of Gerontius (featuring Huddersfield Choral Society and all-star line-up of soloists) at the
magnificent settings of Paisley Abbey and Usher Hall. He also takes to the keyboard as soloist
and director for Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.17.

Chief Conductor Ryan Wigglesworth says: “We welcome a stellar line-up of soloists, including my
longtime collaborator, Mark Padmore, to perform what is perhaps the greatest of Britten’s orchestral
song cycles, his Nocturne. Our commitment to music of the 21st century continues with concertos by
Donghoon Shin and our Composer-in-Association Hans Abrahamsen. Tribute is also paid to the late
Sir Harrison Birtwistle (in what would have been his 90th birthday year) with a performance of the
haunting ‘Night’s Black Bird’. We feature much-loved symphonies by Beethoven, Schumann, Berlioz,
Sibelius and Vaughan Williams, and resume our survey of Elgar’s major works with ‘The Dream of
Gerontius’. It’s a season that once again showcases the incredible versatility of the BBC SSO.”
NEW SUNDAY SERIES – CELEBRATING RADIO 3 NEW GENERATION ARTISTS
The Thursday Afternoon Performance series in Glasgow sees the introduction of three Sunday
concerts that showcase BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists and include popular masterworks by
Berlioz, Rachmaninov and Mahler. Soloists include pianist Giorgi Gigashvili (Beethoven Piano
Concerto No.2), soprano Johanna Wallroth (Strauss songs) and Alim Beisembayev
(Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1). In one of three Thursday afternoons, the BBC SSO’s own
Principal Double Bass Gyunam Kim will perform as soloist in Eduard Tubin’s Concerto for Double
Bass and Orchestra, conducted by Anu Tali.
FAMILIAR AND FRESH FACES PASS THE BATON
The BBC SSO’s Creative Partner Ilan Volkov conducts two concertos featuring “the world’s finest
and most daring percussionist” (The Spectator) Colin Currie, including a UK premiere by Austrian
composer Olga Neuwirth (Glasgow) and a concerto by American composer Andy Akiho
(Aberdeen). Tectonics Festival of new and experimental music will also return to Glasgow City
Halls and Old Fruitmarket in May 2025.
The orchestra’s former Artist-in-Association Matthias Pintscher returns to conduct
Rachmaninov’s less frequently performed Piano Concerto No.4 with Denis Kozhukhin. Pintscher
will also conduct his own work Neharot and a world premiere by his student Ricardo Ferro.
Celebrated guest conductors Sir Mark Elder and Antony Hermus present bespoke suites from
two fairy tale ballet scores: Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ and Prokofiev’s ‘Cinderella’,
respectively. The “highly impressive” (The Scotsman) conductor Gemma New makes a welcome
return, touring to Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow with violinist Rosanne Philippens.
Alpesh Chauhan is joined by Indian musical royalty in Aberdeen and Glasgow for Zakir Hussain’s
Triple Concerto for tabla (Zakir Hussain), sitar (Niladri Kumar), bansuri (Rakesh Chaurasia) and
orchestra. This intoxicating combination of eastern and western musical traditions lights the
touch paper for an exhilarating concert that also features Rachmaninov’s Isle of the Dead and
Stravinsky’s The Firebird.

Following an “electric debut” (New York Times) with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra,
conductor Elim Chan launches the orchestra’s Edinburgh Series in October 2024 with music by
Caroline Shaw and Brahms. Plus, Venezuelan virtuoso Gabriella Montero performs as soloist in
her own exuberant ‘Latin’ Piano Concerto. German conductor Anja Bihlmaier makes her BBC SSO
debut in April 2025, celebrating music of the pioneering 19th century French composer Mélanie
Bonis and Richard Strauss. In this concert, Spanish pianist Javier Perianes plays Mozart.
CHORAL COLLABORATIONS & NORDIC MUSIC DAYS 2024
Martyn Brabbins returns for a life-affirming celebration of music made in Scotland, with works by
Errollyn Wallen, Peter Maxwell Davies and the European premiere of Piano Concerto No.3 by the
late Lyell Cresswell (soloist, Danny Driver). The University of Edinburgh Chamber Choir and
Glasgow Chamber Choir perform modern sacred masterpieces by MacMillan and Cresswell.
Winner of the Finnish critics’ prize 2021 for the Best Newcomer in the Arts, Emilia Hoving
conducts at the 2024 Nordic Music Days festival, hosted in Scotland for the first time since its
inaugural festival in 1888. An Extraordinary Voyage celebrates contemporary music from the
Nordic region, including music by Britta Byström, Eli Tausen á Lava and Maja Ratkje. The
University of Glasgow Chapel Choir feature in Hildur Guðnadóttir’s The Fact of the Matter.
MACMILLAN PRESENTS A NEW GENERATION OF SCOTTISH TALENT
In February 2025, Sir James MacMillan conducts the first Scottish performance of his new
Concerto for Orchestra ‘Ghosts’, and presents a substantial spread of new music from six of his
younger colleagues at the Cumnock Tryst festival – Matthew Grouse, Gillian Walker, Electra
Perivolaris, Scott Lygate, Jay Capperauld and Michael Murray.
CHRISTMAS CONCERTS ACROSS SCOTLAND
The BBC SSO’s festive feast of movie music, Christmas at The Movies, is back by popular demand
on the weekend before Christmas, returning to Edinburgh’s Usher Hall for its second year on
Saturday (21 Dec) and in Glasgow on Sunday (22 Dec), featuring movie maestro Ben Palmer and
singer Jamie MacDougall. This dynamic duo will also present Christmas Classics in Aberdeen.
Dominic Parker, BBC SSO Director, says: “We’re pleased to release details of our 2024/25 Seasons
in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow, our third season with Chief Conductor Ryan Wigglesworth. Full
of familiar audience favourites and bold new works by the most original voices of our time, our
concerts across Scotland will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 with many also available on BBC iPlayer.
I hope that new and loyal audiences will enjoy some of the most thrilling, challenging and hopeful
music that the orchestral world has to offer.”

The majority of concerts will be recorded for BBC Radio 3 with many broadcast live, and some
filmed to watch for free on BBC iPlayer across the season.
DIGITAL SEASON BROCHURES
Glasgow 2024/25 Brochure is available here
Aberdeen 2024/25 Brochure is available here
Edinburgh 2024/25 Brochure is available here
BOOKING INFORMATION
Booking for Aberdeen and Edinburgh opens on Thursday 18 April 2024 (bbc.co.uk/bbcsso)
Booking for Subscription Packages for the Glasgow Thursday Night Series opens on Monday 22
April at www.bbc.co.uk/ssosubscriptions

General booking for Glasgow, including for Afternoon Performances, opens Thursday 9 May
Full details can be found via the brochure downloads below or at bbc.co.uk/bbcsso

DIGITAL SEASON BROCHURES

Glasgow 24/25 brochure – download here
Aberdeen 24/25 brochure – download here
Edinburgh 24/25 brochure – download here