The BBC Philharmonic is based at MediaCityUK in Salford and performs an annual season of concerts at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, as well as regular concerts in Hanley, Leeds, Kendal and other venues across the north of England. As one of the BBC’s six performing groups the majority of the orchestra’s concerts are broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
The BBC Philharmonic is supported by Salford City Council, enabling the orchestra to build active links in the local area through a busy learning and community programme.
Juanjo Mena is Chief Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic. Hailing from the Basque region of Spain he has brought his passion for large-scale choral works and the music of his home country to the orchestra since taking up the post in 2011 and his performances have received rave reviews: “Juanjo Mena conducted his BBC Philharmonic cohorts as if the orchestra was his dance partner, jigging and gliding like the life and soul of the party” The Artsdesk (Prom 17: Beethoven Symphony No.7, 25 July 2013). “Mena’s handling of the work’s grand arc from dawn to dusk was majestic” The Guardian (An Alpine Symphony, 23 Jan 2014, The Bridgewater Hall).
John Storgårds is Principal Guest Conductor and has brought a programme of Scandinavian works to the orchestra’s repertoire; they have recorded the complete Sibelius symphony cycle for Chandos Records, to be released in Spring 2014. The distinguished Austrian composer HK ‘Nali’ Gruber is Composer/Conductor and led the orchestra in a highly prestigious residency at the Vienna Konzerthaus in 2013. Former Chief Conductor Gianandrea Noseda is now Conductor Laureate, spending up to four weeks each season with the orchestra.
The BBC Philharmonic has its roots in the city of Manchester, since it’s foundation in 1934 as the BBC Northern Orchestra. In 1982, soon after moving to the BBC’s new building on Oxford Road in Manchester, it changed its name to the BBC Philharmonic. In 2011 the BBC moved many of its major departments to a new centre at Salford Quays. The BBC Philharmonic was the first to move to the new site, where it has a state-of-the-art acoustically-engineered orchestral studio.
To celebrate the move, the orchestra held a 17-day festival, BBC Philharmonic Presents, which created a series of unique collaborations broadcast across the range of the BBC’s national radio stations. In 2012 the series was expanded to venues across the north of England, bringing orchestral music to an even wider audience. Collaborations have included dubstep artists Nero for BBC Radios 1 & 1Xtra, Kermode & Mayo’s Film Review for Radio 5 live, Sunday Worship for Radio 4, Richard Hawley in Sheffield for BBC Radio 6 Music, the Guy Barker Jazz Orchestra in Blackpool for Radio 3 and traditional Pakistani musicians for Asian Network in Bradford.
As an internationally-renowned orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic regularly tours in Europe and Asia. In 2011 the orchestra’s tour of Japan was cut short when the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami hit the country; last year they returned to complete the tour dates that were cancelled. In 2014 the orchestra will be undertaking tours in Europe (Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Hungary) and Spain.
The BBC Philharmonic has made over 200 recordings with Chandos Records and sold around 900,000 albums. Recent releases have received excellent reviews: “There is a whole spectrum of influences at work on Casella, but they are subsumed into a personal, dynamic style that the BBC Philharmonic conveys with sinew and spirit.” (The Telegraph, Casella: Orchestral Works CHAN 10768) and “…a concentrated musicianship where energy and refinement blend in ideal proportions.” (Gramophone Magazine, Falla CHAN 10694).
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- David Matthews: Symphony No.8 (premiere)http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02lbnsf.jpg2015-04-18T10:01:00ZThe BBC Philharmonic, conducted by HK Gruber perform the world premiere of David Matthews' Eighth Symphony, live from the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/clips#p02pg10kSelected ClipSelected ClipAudio 29 mins
David Matthews: Symphony No.8 (premiere)
- David Matthews: Symphony No.8 (premiere)http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02phxqs.jpg2015-04-19T12:43:00ZThe BBC Philharmonic perform the world premiere of David Matthews' Eighth Symphony, live from the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/clips#p02phxqzSelected ClipSelected ClipAudio 29 mins
David Matthews: Symphony No.8 (premiere)
- Bruckner: Symphony No 5, 4rth mvthttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02kyqpr.jpg2015-03-29T13:07:00ZFinnish conductor Pietari Inkinen and the BBC Philharmonic perform Bruckner's Fifth Symphony, live from the Philharmonic Studio, Salford.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/clips#p02n0xtySelected ClipSelected ClipAudio 24 mins
Bruckner: Symphony No 5, 4rth mvt
- Lyadov: Eight Russian Folk Songshttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02mb2ds.jpg2015-03-21T11:32:00ZVassily Sinaisky and the BBC Philharmonic perform Lyadov's Eight Russian Folk Songs, live from the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/clips#p02mgvhqSelected ClipSelected ClipAudio 13 mins
Lyadov: Eight Russian Folk Songs
- Hills of the North Rejoice - Gorton Monasteryhttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02cx3nt.jpg2014-11-30T17:00:00Z'Hills of the North Rejoice' performed by Huddersfield Choral Society with the BBC Philharmonic at Gorton Monastery.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/clips#p02cx3ppSelected ClipSelected ClipVideo 2 mins
Hills of the North Rejoice - Gorton Monastery
- Korngold: Symphony in F sharp - Preview Cliphttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01g8lp9.jpg2013-11-21T16:21:00ZListen to an excerpt from Korngold's Symphony in F sharp.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/clips#p01lyxp3Selected ClipSelected ClipAudio 1 min
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- Rubbra: Ode to the Queen - Preview Cliphttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01g8lp9.jpg2013-11-21T16:17:00ZListen to an excerpt from Rubbra's Ode to the Queen.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/clips#p01lyxhtSelected ClipSelected ClipAudio 1 min
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- Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor - Preview Cliphttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01g8lp9.jpg2013-11-21T16:18:00ZListen to an excerpt from Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/clips#p01lyxcgSelected ClipSelected ClipAudio 1 min
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- Walton: March 'Orb and Sceptre' - Preview Cliphttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01g8lp9.jpg2013-11-21T16:10:00ZListen to an excerpt from Walton's March 'Orb and Sceptre'.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/clips#p01lywwrSelected ClipSelected ClipAudio 1 min
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- Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2 in C minor, 'Little Russian' - Preview Cliphttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01g8lp9.jpg2013-11-21T15:51:00ZListen to an excerpt from Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 2 in C minor, 'Little Russian'.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/clips#p01lyvppSelected ClipSelected ClipAudio 1 min
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- Edward Cowie: Earth Music I – The Great Barrier Reef - Preview Cliphttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01g8lp9.jpg2013-11-21T15:48:00ZListen to an excerpt from Edward Cowie's Earth Music I – The Great Barrier Reef.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/clips#p01lyvkkSelected ClipSelected ClipAudio 1 min
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- Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor - Preview Cliphttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01g8lp9.jpg2013-11-21T15:41:00ZListen to an excerpt from Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/clips#p01lyv4xSelected ClipSelected ClipAudio 1 min
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- Borodin: Prince Igor Overture - Preview Cliphttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01g8lp9.jpg2013-11-21T15:37:00ZListen to an excerpt from Borodin's Prince Igor Overture.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/clips#p01lytwqSelected ClipSelected ClipAudio 1 min
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- Borodin: Prince Igor - Preview Cliphttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01g8lp9.jpg2013-11-21T15:34:00ZListen to an excerpt from Borodin's Prince Igor.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/clips#p01lytqcSelected ClipSelected ClipAudio 1 min
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- Thomas Adès: Totentanz - Preview Cliphttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01g8lp9.jpg2013-10-17T12:16:00ZListen to an excerpt from Thomas Adès' Totentanz.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/clips#p01jwkb1Selected ClipSelected ClipAudio 1 min
Thomas Adès: Totentanz - Preview Clip
- Lutosławski: Cello Concerto - Preview Cliphttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01g8lp9.jpg2013-10-17T12:13:00ZListen to an excerpt from Lutosławski's Cello Concerto.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/clips#p01jwk4jSelected ClipSelected ClipAudio 1 min
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- Britten: Sinfonia da Requiem - Preview Cliphttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01g8lp9.jpg2013-10-17T12:11:00ZListen to an excerpt from Britten's Sinfonia da Requiem.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/clips#p01jwk2jSelected ClipSelected ClipAudio 1 min
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- Nielsen: Symphony No. 4, 'Inextinguishable' - Preview Cliphttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01g8lp9.jpg2013-10-17T12:09:00ZListen to an excerpt from Nielsen's Symphony No. 4, 'Inextinguishable'.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/clips#p01jwk0kSelected ClipSelected ClipAudio 1 min
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- Rachmaninov: Concerto for Piano No. 2 in C minor, Op 18 - Preview Cliphttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01g8lp9.jpg2013-10-17T12:06:00ZListen to an excerpt from Rachmaninov's Concerto for Piano No. 2 in C minor, Op 18.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/clips#p01jwjyvSelected ClipSelected ClipAudio 1 min
Rachmaninov: Concerto for Piano No. 2 in C minor, Op 18 - Preview Clip
- David Matthews: A Vision of the Sea - Preview Cliphttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01g8lp9.jpg2013-10-17T12:04:00ZListen to an excerpt from David Matthews' A Vision of the Sea.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/clips#p01jwjrfSelected ClipSelected ClipAudio 1 min
David Matthews: A Vision of the Sea - Preview Clip