The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra is one of the UK’s leading orchestras, with an international reputation for artistic excellence. The orchestra has an unparalleled commitment in Scotland to new music, and complements the Aberdeen Music Prize's aim to encourage excellence in contemporary composition.
The BBC SSO has a busy broadcasting schedule on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Television. Based in Glasgow the orchestra takes live music to towns and cities across the country every season, plays every summer at the BBC Proms, and is in demand at major international festivals. In Scotland, as well as being the leading supporter of living composers and new music, the orchestra is extremely active in the community with an innovative learning programme dedicated to bringing the inspiration of great music to people of all ages and backgrounds.
As well as a performance by the full orchestra at the Aberdeen Music Hall, members of the orchestra were in residence throughout the Music Prize weekend, working with the local community, sharing their expertise to inspire creativity and encourage a lasting love of music.
"No other British symphony orchestra knows the colours, densities, textures and tonal networks of modern music better than the BBC SSO, or can bring them more explosively to life than these players are able to do."
The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra is the recipient of the 2008 Gramophone Award for Best Contemporary Recording.