BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales
The orchestra is acclaimed not only for the quality of its performances but also for its importance within its own community.
BBC National Orchestra of Wales is Orchestra-in-Residence at St David's Hall, Cardiff, and also presents a concert series at the Brangwyn Hall, Swansea. As well as international touring, it is in demand at major UK festivals and performs every year at the BBC Proms and biennially at the prestigious BBC Cardiff Singer of the World.
The work of BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales is supported by the Arts Council of Wales
BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, CF10 5AL
The Orchestra's relationship with Alun Hoddinott is enshrined within what has been the most important development for the Orchestra during the current decade: the move into BBC Hoddinott Hall in January 2009, situated in Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay.
Since 1967, the Orchestra had been based in Studio 1 at the BBC Studios in Llandaff, Cardiff, but they had long out-grown this home and a new purpose-built studio was needed.
This has given the Orchestra what is probably the most sophisticated orchestral rehearsal and studio provisions in Britain. But it has also brought all its administrative strands and educational work together under one roof. Despite its ability to cope with large choral and orchestral forces, the hall is primarily a rehearsal and recording studio with the opportunity to give concerts to audiences of around 350.
The Hall's facilities also includes more sophisticated facilities for outreach work. The Grace Williams Studio, which can hold up to 60 people, hosts workshops and rehearsals acting as a centre for the Orchestra & Chorus' acclaimed outreach work.
"It is a venue that is surely the envy of any great musical city" - South Wales Echo