BBC nails Finn baton to 2026

BBC nails Finn baton to 2026


norman lebrecht

April 14, 2022

The Finnish conductor Sakari Oramo has been renewed as Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra for another four years.

He said, they said:

Sakari Oramo, Chief Conductor, BBC Symphony Orchestra, says:
I am very happy and beyond excited to continue in my position as Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra until the summer of 2026. On the musical, artistic and human level, I couldn’t imagine any better environment than this musical family consisting of the Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Chorus and the BBC Singers. I hold dear our contribution to public service broadcasting, bringing the highest quality programming and music making to everyone in the UK and widely overseas.

Paul Hughes, Director, BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus and BBC Singers, says:
Sakari joined the BBC SO as Chief Conductor for the 2013 Proms and the relationship has strengthened and deepened year-on-year becoming the great musical partnership it is today. Knowing that Sakari will continue in this role through until 2026, to see the orchestra into its new home in Stratford’s East Bank, is fantastic news for the orchestra, for the BBC and for our audiences around the world. I could not be happier.




  • Jobim75 says:

    A very professional conductor and a charming man apparently, but I never listened to one of his record twice

  • Orchestral Musician says:

    If you want to win, hire a Finn.

    A truly excellent choice, again!

  • Una says:

    Great news. Stability plus he is so well liked, and a fine musician and then he is good at handling the Last Night of the Proms, and given that it is an important BBC event, whether one watches it or not. Prom programme out end of April – hurray!

  • The View from America says:

    It’s been a fruitful artistic partnership up to now — no need to upset the apple cart.

  • Anthony Sayer says:

    I am very happy and beyond excited

    Please, you are Finnish and we are English. Spare us this American slop.

  • pjl says:

    Oramo’s concerts are a highlight of London musical life; in my view he is the finest living Elgar conductor as well.

  • Peter Feltham says:

    This really is good news,in an age of conductor mediocracy Sakari stands out as an exceptional musician.Along with Mark Elder once the BBC Symphony move into their new hall there will be two top men up north.