BBC National Orchestra of Wales to tour China this summer

It is a tremendous opportunity for the Orchestra on the world stage and I am confident that we will acquit ourselves brilliantly as ambassadors for Wales and Welsh music-making.”David Murray, Orchestra Director
Date: 26.06.2012     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 17.58
Category: Wales; Orchestras
BBC National Orchestra of Wales will be travelling across China this summer, as they visit the country for a two-week tour in July 2012.

The Orchestra, led by their Principal Conductor Thierry Fischer, will travel to the Chinese cities of Tianjin, Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Guangzhou, to perform concerts across the country. The tour, lasting from 4-17 July, is the first time that the Orchestra will have travelled to China.

The tour to China is organised in partnership with UK Now, the biggest ever festival of British arts and creativity in China. UK Now is organised and delivered in China by the British Council.

Whilst in China, Thierry Fischer will conduct popular items of classical music such as Fauré’s Pavane, Bernstein’s Candide Overture, and Ravel’s Bolero. The concerts in China will feature two of the Orchestra’s own soloists – Principal Clarinet Robert Plane and Principal Horn Tim Thorpe, who will both perform concertos by Mozart during the tour.

David Murray, Director of the Orchestra, said: “I am delighted that the Orchestra is being given the chance to represent Wales in the UK Now China Festival and am grateful for the support of BBC Wales, and the British Council, to enable the tour to take place. It is a tremendous opportunity for the Orchestra on the world stage and I am confident that we will acquit ourselves brilliantly as ambassadors for Wales and Welsh music-making.”

This tour is also one of the last projects led by Thierry Fischer, whose six-year tenure as Principal Conductor of the Orchestra concludes in August 2012 with a performance of Berlioz’s Requiem, as part of the world-famous BBC Proms 2012.

Thierry Fischer said: “I am very excited that I will have the opportunity to tour China this summer with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. I have enjoyed my time immensely with the Orchestra over the past six years, and these concerts in China will be one of the highlights of my time with BBC NOW. It is a fantastic chance to showcase the players throughout the venues we are visiting, whilst also experiencing a country that I’ve never explored before.”

To keep up to date with the Orchestra whilst they are on tour, visit bbc.co.uk/now, or follow the Orchestra on Facebook or Twitter (@bbcnow).

DH