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.
Anna-Maria Helsing in Sweden October - November
In November Anna-Maria Helsing returns to the Östgöta Wind Symphony in Linköping as well as to Wermland Opera Orchestra in Karlstad. This time the programme in Linköping will have an emphasis on French music, with composers as Debussy, Ravel and Françaix. In Karlstad the famous Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto and the Mendelssohn Third Symphony, "The Scottish", will be performed.
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.