Announcing the return of BBC Philharmonic Presents...
The line-up for the 2012 festival is revealed
Following the unprecedented success of the inaugural BBC Philharmonic Presents... festival in 2011, the orchestra is delighted to announce the exciting and diverse line-up for a second festival of live events across the BBC's national radio networks and in partnership with BBC North.
Launching in September 2012, the eight live concerts will see the orchestra collaborating with artists including Richard Hawley, The xx and the Guy Barker Jazz Orchestra and the first ever collaboration between the BBC Philharmonic and BBC Asian Network.
"Irresistible mixture of unique collaborations"
Richard Wigley, BBC Philharmonic General Manager, said: "The return of BBC Philharmonic Presents is an irresistible mixture of collaborations with Britain's finest artists and producers. With the full symphonic power of the BBC Philharmonic's ninety professional musicians, this is a unique opportunity to bring the highest standard of music making to new audiences in collaboration with the BBC's national radio networks and BBC North."
Over 3,000 people enjoyed the first festival of free concerts in the BBC Philharmonic's purpose-built performance space at MediaCityUK in 2011 and over 11 million people listened to or watched the inaugural festival in 2011 across the BBC's radio networks and Red Button service.
Live from the North
This year the orchestra will travel to venues across the North of England, as well as in the BBC Philharmonic Studio at MediaCityUK in Salford. From Blackpool to Bridlington, via Bradford, Sheffield and Salford, the orchestra will be performing to thousands of people in these unique free concerts all live on the BBC.
Richard Hawley will be performing with an orchestra in the UK for the first time in his career when he performs with the BBC Philharmonic in Sheffield. Also The xx will be performing the first ever orchestral arrangements of their songs following the success of the orchestra's collaboration with Nero for BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra in 2011.
Tickets will be made available over the next few weeks at bbc.co.uk/tickets including full details on how to apply and closing dates for applications. Tickets for all the concerts are free and will be allocated via random draws.