BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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1928
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BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Biography (BBC)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales occupies a special role as both a broadcast orchestra and the national symphony orchestra of Wales, and is supported by the Arts Council of Wales.

Led by Principal Conductor Thomas Søndergård, alongside Conductor Laureate Tadaaki Otaka the Orchestra has won considerable critical and audience acclaim over the years. With an outstanding ability to refresh core repertoire, the Orchestra is proud of its adventurous programming and continuously demonstrates artistic excellence in new or rarely performed works. As part of this commitment to contemporary music, the Orchestra appointed Mark Bowden as Resident Composer in June 2011, alongside the continuing relationship with Composer-in-Association Simon Holt.

BBC National Orchestra of Wales is Orchestra-in-Residence at St David's Hall, Cardiff, and also performs a season of concerts in Swansea. In addition, the Orchestra tours to towns and cities across Wales throughout the year, including Aberystwyth, Bangor, Wrexham and Llandudno. The Orchestra performs annually at the BBC Proms in London, and also appears biennially at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World. Recent international tours include Italy, the Netherlands and most recently a tour to China, supported by the British Council.

Running parallel to the main season, the work of the BBC NOW Education and Community Outreach team is integral to the Orchestra's musical life. In recent years this work has included a DVD resource pack distributed to every primary and special school in Wales; and the development of a new innovative concert format designed for audiences of adults and children who are Deaf, deafened and hard of hearing.

The Orchestra’s home is BBC Hoddinott Hall, a specially designed dual-purpose concert hall and recording studio based in the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay. As well as recording studio sessions and concerts for BBC Radio 3, it enjoys close working relationships with television programme-makers, including Doctor Who for BBC Cymru Wales and the BBC’s Natural History Unit, most notably with composer Nitin Sawhney for the Human Planet series.

The Orchestra also records highly regarded, often award-winning CDs, including the 2011 Grammy nominated Ivanhoe by Arthur Sullivan; the critically acclaimed cycle of Stravinsky’s three scores for Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes, conducted by Thierry Fischer; a live recording of Havergal Brian’s Gothic Symphony, performed at the BBC Proms 2011 with the BBC Concert Orchestra; and David Matthews’ Symphonies 2 and 6, which won Premiere Recording BBC Music Magazine Award 2011.


BBC National Orchestra of Wales Performances & Interviews


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Vincent d’Indy
Lied, Op 19
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Lied, Op 19
Sergei Prokofiev
March in B flat major, Op 99
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March in B flat major, Op 99
Edward Elgar
Variations on an Original Theme, Op 36 (Enigma)
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Variations on an Original Theme, Op 36 (Enigma)
George Gershwin
Piano Concerto in F major
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Piano Concerto in F major
Anna Clyne
This Midnight Hour
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This Midnight Hour
Frank Bridge
Seascape (The Sea)
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Seascape (The Sea)
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Galop from Suite for viola and small orchestra
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Galop from Suite for viola and small orchestra
Florence Price
Symphony No 3
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Symphony No 3
Joan Tower
Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman
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Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman
Clara Schumann
Piano Concerto in A minor, Op 7
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Piano Concerto in A minor, Op 7
Augusta Holmès
Roland Furieux
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Roland Furieux
BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Josef Suk & Richard Hickox
Fantastic scherzo for orchestra Op 25
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Fantastic scherzo for orchestra Op 25
Roger Quilter
A Children's Overture Op. 17
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A Children's Overture Op. 17
Grace Williams
Fanfare and Anthem
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Fanfare and Anthem
Grace Williams
Ballade No.1 for orchestra
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Ballade No.1 for orchestra
John Metcalf
Three Mobiles
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Three Mobiles
Gareth Glyn
Llam Carw
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Llam Carw
William Mathias
In Arcadia
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In Arcadia
Daniel Jones
Symphony no 10
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Symphony no 10
Grace Williams
Sea Sketches
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Sea Sketches
Karl Jenkins
Sarikiz (1st movement)
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Sarikiz (1st movement)
Haydn Morris
Hei Ho
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Hei Ho
William Mathias
Let the people praise thee
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Let the people praise thee
Gareth Glyn
Cadwyn
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Cadwyn
Ivor Novello
My life belongs to you
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My life belongs to you
Idris Lewis
Bugail Aberdyfi
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Bugail Aberdyfi
Richard Samuel Hughes
Arafa Don
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Arafa Don
Morfydd Llwyn Owen
Threnody for the passing of Branwen
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Threnody for the passing of Branwen
Meirion Williams
Mai
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Mai
Alun Hoddinott
Four Welsh Dances
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Four Welsh Dances
Astor Piazzolla
Oblivion - Tango
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Oblivion - Tango
Vincent d’Indy
Lied for viola & orchestra, Op.19
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Lied for viola & orchestra, Op.19
Albert Roussel
Bacchus et Ariane, Suite No.2
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Bacchus et Ariane, Suite No.2
Ruth Gipps
Knight in Armour, Op.8
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Knight in Armour, Op.8
Andrzej Panufnik
Sinfonia Sacra (Symphony no.3)
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Sinfonia Sacra (Symphony no.3)
Sarah Lianne Lewis
Is there no seeker of dreams that were?
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Is there no seeker of dreams that were?
Alun Hoddinott
Taliesin
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Taliesin
Charles Villiers Stanford
Songs of the Sea Op.91
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Songs of the Sea Op.91
Frank Bridge
Mid of Night - Symphonic Poem
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Mid of Night - Symphonic Poem
Kate Whitley
Speak Out for chorus and orchestra
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Speak Out for chorus and orchestra
Ludwig van Beethoven
Fidelio (Leonore) - opera Op.72 - i: Overture 'Leonore' no.3
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Fidelio (Leonore) - opera Op.72 - i: Overture 'Leonore' no.3
Josef Suk
Fantastic Scherzo Op.25
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Fantastic Scherzo Op.25
Béla Bartók
Hungarian Sketches Sz.97
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Hungarian Sketches Sz.97
Johannes Brahms
3 Hungarian Dances - no.5 in G minor
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3 Hungarian Dances - no.5 in G minor
Antonín Dvořák
Symphony no. 8 in G major Op.88
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Symphony no. 8 in G major Op.88
Franz Liszt
Concerto no. 1 in E flat major S.124
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Concerto no. 1 in E flat major S.124
Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka
Ruslan and Ludmila: Overture
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Ruslan and Ludmila: Overture
Carl Maria von Weber
Oberon Overture
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Oberon Overture
Walter Leigh
Agincourt - overture
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Agincourt - overture
Daniel Jones
Dance fantasy for orchestra
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Dance fantasy for orchestra
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Playlists featuring BBC National Orchestra of Wales


Upcoming BBC Events

BBC NOW 2018-19 Season: Family Concert
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St David's Hall, Cardiff
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BBC NOW 2018-19 Season: Rodrigo & Tchaikovsky
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Aberystwyth Arts Centre
2019-03-28T21:01:11
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BBC NOW 2018-19 Season: Rodrigo & Tchaikovsky
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Pontio, Bangor
2019-03-29T21:01:11
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BBC National Orchestra of Wales: A Musical Journey through Europe
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Pontio, Bangor
2019-03-30T21:01:11
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BBC National Orchestra of Wales: A Musical Journey through Europe
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Pontio, Bangor
2019-03-30T21:01:11
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Past BBC Events

BBC NOW 2018-19 Season: Elgar Enigma Variations
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Cheltenham Town Hall
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Mar
2019
BBC NOW 2018-19 Season: Elgar Enigma Variations

BBC NOW 2018-19 Season: Elgar Enigma Variations

Cheltenham Town Hall
Brangwyn Hall 2018-19: Elgar Enigma Variations
https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/edwhj5
Brangwyn Hall, Swansea
2019-03-15T21:01:11
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15
Mar
2019
Brangwyn Hall 2018-19: Elgar Enigma Variations

Brangwyn Hall 2018-19: Elgar Enigma Variations

Brangwyn Hall, Swansea
BBC NOW 2018-19 Season: Discover More: Elgar
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Brangwyn Hall, Swansea
2019-03-15T21:01:11
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Mar
2019
BBC NOW 2018-19 Season: Discover More: Elgar

BBC NOW 2018-19 Season: Discover More: Elgar

Brangwyn Hall, Swansea
BBC Hoddinott Hall 2018-19: International Women's Day
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BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff
2019-03-08T21:01:11
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Mar
2019
BBC Hoddinott Hall 2018-19: International Women's Day

BBC Hoddinott Hall 2018-19: International Women's Day

BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff
St David's Hall 2018-19: St David's Day Concert
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St David's Hall, Cardiff
2019-03-01T21:01:11
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Mar
2019
St David's Hall 2018-19: St David's Day Concert

St David's Hall 2018-19: St David's Day Concert

St David's Hall, Cardiff

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