The BBC Symphony Orchestra has played a central role at the heart of British musical life since its inception in 1930. It provides the backbone of the BBC Proms with around a dozen concerts each year, including the First and Last Nights, and is Associate Orchestra of the Barbican. The BBC SO has a strong commitment to 20th-century and contemporary music, with recent performances including commissions and premieres. The BBC SO works regularly with its Chief Conductor Jiˇri Belohlávek, Principal Guest Conductor David Robertson, Conductor Laureate Sir Andrew Davis and Artist in Association Oliver Knussen. The recently appointed Chief Conductor Designate, Sakari Oramo, will give his first performance as Chief Conductor at the 2013 BBC Proms. Central to the Orchestra’s life are studio recordings for BBC Radio 3 at the Orchestra’s Maida Vale home, some of which are free for the public to attend. The vast majority of concerts are broadcast on BBC Radio 3, streamed live online and are available for seven days via the BBC iPlayer; a number are televised, giving the BBC Symphony Orchestra the highest broadcast profile of any UK orchestra. The orchestra is committed to innovative education work in partnership with the Barbican and with the Hammersmith & Fulham Music Services, the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.