BBC National Orchestra of Wales: New conductor's concert

Thomas Sondergard tells of his love for Sibelius ahead of his first concert as principal conductor

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The new principal conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales will lead his first concert on Friday.

Thomas Sondergard was appointed in the summer and has been given the role for an initial four-year period.

He succeeds Thierry Fischer, who stood down as principal conductor in the summer.

Sondergard is from Denmark and is known for his interpretation of Scandinavian composers.

Sibelius and Grieg are both set to be performed at tonight's debut, which will take place at St David's Hall in Cardiff.

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I'm sure the audience in Wales and wherever we're going to travel to will also like many different composers”

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But the conductor is keen to introduce a wide range of composers to the orchestra's programme of concerts and recordings.

He said: "I like a lot of different music, I'm sure the audience in Wales and wherever we're going to travel to will also like many different composers.

"I would like to do a lot of different things with the orchestra because I feel this orchestra's (repertoire) can spread so wide."

Sondergard is a conductor in high demand. As well as his role with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, he has also recently been appointed principal guest conductor with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

The concert on Friday will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, and will also feature performances by fellow Dane and winner of BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 1993, Inger Dam-Jensen.

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