Artistic Director: Adrian Partington
Formed in 1983, BBC National Chorus of Wales, which this season celebrates its 30th anniversary, is one of the UK’s leading large mixed choruses, enjoying a close performing relationship with BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
It currently has around 120 singers, comprising a mix of amateur choristers, and students from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and Cardiff University, many of whom have been awarded bursaries. The chorus’s performances are frequently broadcast on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Cymru.
Most of the chorus’s concerts are given at St David’s Hall and BBC Hoddinott Hall in Cardiff; it also performs annually at the BBC Proms, where highlights have included performances of Havergal Brian’s ‘Gothic’ Symphony in 2011 and Bernstein’s Mass in 2012. Other recent notable performances include Mahler’s Eighth Symphony with the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev.
Under the baton of its Artistic Director, Adrian Partington, it 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 and Karl Jenkins.
Upcoming BBC Events
BBC Hoddinott Hall 2018-19: Brahms Requiem
Proms 2019: Prom 26: Mozart's Requiem
Proms 2019: Prom 28: Rachmaninov, Borodin & Huw Watkins
Proms 2019: BBC Proms in the Park Wales
BBC NOW 2019-20 Season: Verdi Requiem
Past BBC Events
BBC Hoddinott Hall 2018-19: Easter Oratorio
St David's Hall 2018-19: St David's Day Concert
BBC Hoddinott Hall 2018-19: Sir Andrew Davis conducts L’enfance du Christ
BBC NOW 2018-19 Season: Carols for Christmas
St David's Hall 2018-19: Handel: Messiah
Performances & Interviews from Similar Artists
The Refugee Experience: 'Bullets and earth can't speak to each other'
Strictly the Best: old-school BBC themes
'Mickey Pick-Slate': The ballad of the coal mining boys
Yee'haw! Captain Noah's Floating Barn Dance
Taking Liberties: Poulenc feat. Jazz Trio
'Snow on Snow': Britten's Bleak Midwinter
William Walton: Popular song from Façade
Roxanna Panufnik: Songs of Darkness, Dreams of Light - Extract (Last Night of the Proms)
The BBC Singers perform 'Love Like a Lion' by Laura Mvula at the BBC Proms (excerpt)
Parry's Jerusalem at the Proms