Chorus

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BBC National Chorus of Wales was formed in 1983, and has developed into one of the leading large mixed choruses in the UK. While preserving its amateur status, the Chorus works to the highest professional standards under its Artistic Director Adrian Partington, achieving enviable critical acclaim and enjoying a close performing relationship with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

BBC National Chorus of Wales step with ease through stirring choruses, blissful songs and weaving counterpoint
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The repertoire of the Chorus is large and varied, extending from the Baroque to the present day. The Chorus has performed in venues across the UK, with regular concerts at St David's Hall and BBC Hoddinott Hall in Cardiff. The Chorus also performs annually at the BBC Proms; highlights include performing at the First Night of the Proms in 2015 with Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast, as well as performances of Havergal Brian's Gothic Symphony in 2011 and Bernstein's Mass in 2012.


The Chorus has made numerous recordings, including a disc of works by Stanford which received a Gramophone Award in 2006. Most recently, the Chorus recorded Sullivan’s The Beauty Stone and a CD of choral works by Parry, which was nominated for Best Choral Performance at the 2014 Grammy Awards. Members of the Chorus also recently performed in arenas around the UK for the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular Tour.


The ensemble champions works by leading Welsh composers, including William Mathias and Alun Hoddinott, and has premiered major works by Daniel Jones, John Tavener, John Hardy, Gareth Glyn, Karl Jenkins and Mark Bowden.

Who's who

  • Adrian Partington, Artistic Director

Adrian has directed the Chorus since 1999. He works regularly with many of the most famous choirs in the UK, including the Philharmonia, the BBC Symphony Chorus, and the London Bach Choir.

  • Christopher Williams, Assistant Director

Christopher has accompanied the Chorus since 2000 and in 2014 was appointed Assistant Director. He plays orchestral piano with the Orchestra, Welsh National Opera and other European orchestras. He has recorded extensively with the BBC and as a soloist for Chandos.

  • Miriam Bowen, Vocal Coach

An accomplished soprano, Miriam Bowen has performed extensively throughout Britain in opera, oratorio and recitals and on radio, television and CD. She has been associated with the chorus since 1997.

How to apply

To apply for an audition with the BBC National Chorus of Wales, please email us with your name and contact details, and details of the music you would like to sing at an audition.

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