The BBC Concert Orchestra was formed in 1952. It has a wide and flexible repertoire, ranging from classical works and musical theatre to light music and film scores. Every year it appears with a huge range of artists and in every conceivable type of venue. Its Conductor Laureate is Barry Wordsworth and Principal Guest Conductor is Charles Hazlewood. Jonny Greenwood is Composer-in-Residence.
The Orchestra has close links with BBC Radio 3, and features on the weekly programme 'Friday Night is Music Night BBC' on Radio 2. The Concert Orchestra can be heard on countless BBC TV soundtracks including the award-winning natural history series Blue Planet and Planet Earth on BBC 1, as well as Walking with Dinosaurs, The Key, Wild Down Under and Peter Ackroyd's London.
As Barry Wordsworth says, 'The Orchestra is made up of musicians all of whom enjoy crossing the musical boundaries. It is a unit of people with incredibly wide-ranging tastes. It plays as broad a repertoire as possible in as stylish a fashion as possible.' As such, it is the perfect ensemble for Maestro.
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