Finnish conductor of both symphony orchestra and opera.
Anna-Maria Helsing appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra
The BBC Concert Orchestra has appointed Finnish conductor Anna-Maria Helsing as its new Principal Guest Conductor.
Helsing will join the current BBC CO's conducting team of Bramwell Tovey (Principal Conductor), Barry Wordsworth (Conductor Laureate), and Keith Lockhart (Chief Guest Conductor), bringing additional creativity to a roster already representing a broad range of musical styles.
The initial tenure spans three years and will see Helsing lead the BBC Concert Orchestra in a range of projects across its diverse portfolio. Her first concert with the orchestra as designate takes place at Maida Vale on 13 December, live on BBC Radio 3's 'Afternoon Concert'. Plans for appearances through the 19/20, 20/21 and 21/22 seasons are under development and will include 'Musical Roots' at the Southbank on 22 February 2020, where Helsing will lead the orchestra in a new concert format for families that she has co-created with members of the BBC Concert Orchestra and an artistic team.
February in Kokkola, Stockholm and London, two premieres
In February Anna-Maria Helsing returns to the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra in Kokkola for a world premiere by Aulis Sallinen. It is his Concerto for two accordions, strings and percussion and the concert 14.2. will be live broadcasted by the Yle Radio. The day after, 15.2, Helsing will conduct the Swedish premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage´s new opera Coraline, a co-commission by Folkoperan in Stockholm (for other performances, see Calendar). Helsing also returns to the BBC Concert Orchestra for a family concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London 22.2.
Anna-Maria Helsing feels a special affinity with the sound and style of modernism and contemporary music.
Forthcoming highlights this season include her revisits with, among others, the Finnish Radio Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Symphony, Gothenburg Symphony, Göteborg Opera Orchestra, Iceland Symphony, Trondheim Symphony, Avanti! Chamber Orchestra, the Joensuu and Vaasa City Orchestras.