BBC National Orchestra of Wales welcomes new Principal Conductor Thomas Søndergård to Cardiff

For me, Sibelius' Fifth symphony is about achieving an over-arching sense of space and wonderment in the music."Thomas Søndergård, Principal Conductor
Date: 21.09.2012     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.12
Thomas Søndergård will give his first concert as Principal Conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales on Friday 12 October, at Cardiff’s St David’s Hall.

Announced as Principal Conductor of the Orchestra in July 2011, Thomas Søndergård will hold the position for an initial term of four years. Søndergård is particularly admired for his interpretations of Scandinavian and contemporary repertoire.

The concert’s highlight is a performance of Sibelius’s Symphony No 5 – one of his best-known works, with its glorious sweeping melodies and a majestic final movement.

As Thomas Søndergård explains, it’s a work he is looking forward to performing in Cardiff: “I’m thrilled to be able to perform one of my favourite pieces in my first concert as Principal Conductor. For me, Sibelius' Fifth symphony is about achieving an over-arching sense of space and wonderment in the music - I hope you will be surrounded by beautiful sounds.”

As part of the evening of music by composers from northern Europe, fellow Dane Inger Dam-Jensen, winner of BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 1993, will take to the stage to perform a varied collection of songs by Richard Strauss and Grieg.

The first half of the concert also features Richard Strauss’s famous showpiece Till Eulenspiegel, and Expo by Finland’s Magnus Lindberg – “a composer I know that I’ll be doing a lot of in the future”, according to Søndergård.

Tickets for the concert at St David’s Hall, Cardiff, on Friday 12 October, 7.30pm, are £10-£27.50 (discounts available) and are available from Orchestra’s Audience Line, by calling 0800 052 1812.

Alternatively, tickets can be booked through the St David’s Hall Box Office on 02920 878444.

For more information about the Orchestra, visit their website at

Notes to Editors

At the start of 12/13 season, Danish conductor Thomas Søndergård becomes Principal Conductor of BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Principal Guest Conductor of Royal Scottish National Orchestra. He served as Principal Conductor and Musical Adviser of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra from 2009-12.

Full listings information

Magnus Lindberg: Expo

R. Strauss: Muttertandelei; Meinem Kind; Cäcilie

Grieg: Tu brune øjne; Jeg elsker dig; En Svane; Våren

R. Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel

Sibelius: Symphony No 5

Conductor: Thomas Søndergård

Soprano: Inger Dam-Jensen

Tickets are £10-£27.50 (discounts available)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales Audience Line: 0800 052 1812

St David’s Hall Box Office: 02920 878444 /