The SRSO has specialized in the performance of new works, as well as early repertoire. In its early years, it performed works by Stravinsky, Hindemith, Krenek, and Dallapicolla, and has continued to program works by Henze, Penderecki, Berio and Eotvos. Early music recordings include several Bach cantatas, as well as baroque keyboard concertos and violin concertos-a tradition that will no doubt continue under the leadership of Sir Roger Norrington, appointed chief conductor in 1998.
A busy concert schedule and numerous recordings help to maintain the SRSO's presence on the international music scene. Of course, as a "media orchestra", they also continue to produce concerts and events for radio, television, and mixed media.