(Credit: Benjamin Ealovega)

The BBC Symphony Orchestra has announced that Sakari Oramo’s contract as conductor has been extended until the end of the 2025-26 season.

The decision follows a nine-year relationship between Oramo and the orchestra, which has seen them explore new and under-performing works alongside core repertoire. Oramo has conducted 27 Proms so far, including five of their Last Nights.

“Sakari joined the BBC SO as conductor for the 2013 Proms and the relationship has grown stronger and deeper year on year to become the great musical partnership it is today,” said the orchestra director, Paul Hughes. “Knowing that Sakari will continue in this role until 2026, to see the orchestra in its new home on the east bank of Stratford, is fantastic news for the orchestra, for the BBC and for our audiences around the world. I couldn’t be happier.

The Orchestra and Oramo will together open their tenth season at the Barican, with the world premiere of “Soupirs des étoiles” by French composer Sophie Lacaze on October 5, 2022. Oramo will also conduct the first Total Immersion concert of the season with the program “Sibelius the storyteller “. Artists from the BBC SO and the Guildhall School will perform and discuss the influences of the composer’s works.

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