The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra announced its 2018/19 season today, with Thomas Dausgaard continuing his tenure as Chief Conductor.

Thomas Dausgaard, beginning his third season as the orchestra’s Chief Conductor in 2018/19, says: “I was lucky to be in a mind-blowing two-week masterclass with Bernstein in 1988, where he also conducted Songfest – one of his key works combining two of his greatest talents: music and words. Debussy opened up unknown doors to what an orchestra can sound like, and we devote one concert to each of his loves: France and Spain. In his apocalyptical vision, Music of the Spheres, Langgaard wrote collage-music and minimalism long before we had words for it. Its spatial qualities will be felt when we spread out the orchestra and chorus in most of Glasgow Cathedral”.

Highlights of the 2018/19 season include:

  • Rued Langgaard’s Music of the Spheres performed in Glasgow Cathedral
  • Berlioz’s rarely-performed Lélio to mark the 150th anniversary of the composer’s death
  • A week-long residency in Campbeltown – featuring community events, school workshops and a public concert
  • Performances to mark centenaries of Bernstein and Debussy
  • Concerts dedicated to the music of Gloria Coates and Thea Musgrave
  • New music performances including a World Premiere from David Fennessy, a European Premiere from Augusta Read Thomas, and UK Premieres from Simon Steen-Andersen and Dai Fujikura
  • Guest soloists including Elisabeth Leonskaja, Colin Currie, Karen Cargill, Rowan Pierce, Steven Osborne, James Ehnes and Jian Wang
  • Two performances at the 2018 Edinburgh International Festival
  • A tour of The Netherlands and Belgium with conductor Martyn Brabbins
  • Tectonics Glasgow festival returns for 2019
  • New discounted ticket offer for Under 26s

Thomas Dausgaard will appear on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune today at 5pm – please click here for the live stream.

Click here to visit the BBC website for further information.