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.


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BBC National Orchestra of Wales
The Gate of the Moon (Sitar Concerto No. 1)WORLD PREMIERE (feat. Nishat Khan)
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The Gate of the Moon (Sitar Concerto No. 1)WORLD PREMIERE (feat. Nishat Khan)

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John Foulds
Le cabaret, Op 72a
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Le cabaret, Op 72a
Edvard Grieg
Peer Gynt Suite No.1 (Op.46)
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Peer Gynt Suite No.1 (Op.46)
John Metcalf
In time of daffodils
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In time of daffodils
Sergei Prokofiev
Romeo and Juliet - ballet, Op.64 (excerpts)
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Romeo and Juliet - ballet, Op.64 (excerpts)
Michael Berkeley
Violin Concerto
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Violin Concerto
Paul Dukas
La Péri - Fanfare and Poème dansé
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La Péri - Fanfare and Poème dansé
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Symphony No 40 in G minor, K 550
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Symphony No 40 in G minor, K 550
Béla Bartók
Piano Concerto No 3, Sz 119
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Piano Concerto No 3, Sz 119
Ludwig van Beethoven
Coriolan Overture, Op 62
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Coriolan Overture, Op 62
Daniel Jones
Dance Fantasy
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Dance Fantasy
Edmund Rubbra
Symphony No 5 in B flat major, Op 63 (2nd mvt)
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Symphony No 5 in B flat major, Op 63 (2nd mvt)
Francis Poulenc
Rondeau (Les biches)
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Rondeau (Les biches)
Frank Bridge
Valse intermezzo
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Valse intermezzo
Hubert Parry
Jerusalem
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Jerusalem
Gioachino Rossini
La Scala di seta (The silken ladder) Overture
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La Scala di seta (The silken ladder) Overture
Gabriel Fauré
'Après un rêve', No. 1 from 3 Mélodies, Op. 7
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'Après un rêve', No. 1 from 3 Mélodies, Op. 7
Carl Nielsen
Aladdin - suite from incidental music Op 34
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Aladdin - suite from incidental music Op 34
Gabriel Fauré
Pavane for orchestra Op 50
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Pavane for orchestra Op 50
Johann Sebastian Bach
Easter Oratario, BWV 249
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Easter Oratario, BWV 249
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Five Mystical Songs
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Five Mystical Songs
Percy Grainger
Blithe Bells: a free ramble on Bach's aria 'Sheep may graze'
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Blithe Bells: a free ramble on Bach's aria 'Sheep may graze'
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Russian Easter Festival Overture, Op 36
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Russian Easter Festival Overture, Op 36
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Serenade (K.525) in G major, 'Eine Kleine Nachtmusik'
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Serenade (K.525) in G major, 'Eine Kleine Nachtmusik'
Hector Berlioz
Overture to Les francs-juges, Op 3
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Overture to Les francs-juges, Op 3
Igor Stravinsky
Sacrificial Dance (The Rite of Spring)
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Sacrificial Dance (The Rite of Spring)
Frank Bridge
Two Entr'actes: Rosemary
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Two Entr'actes: Rosemary
Sir Alexander Campbell Mackenzie
Britannia, Op 52
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Britannia, Op 52
Alun Hoddinott
Quodlibet on Welsh Nursery Tunes
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Quodlibet on Welsh Nursery Tunes
Bohuslav Martinu
The Frescos of Piero della Francesca
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The Frescos of Piero della Francesca
Ludwig van Beethoven
Violin Concerto in D major, op. 61
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Violin Concerto in D major, op. 61
Antonín Dvořák
Serenade in E major, op. 22
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Serenade in E major, op. 22
Bedrich Smetana
Triumphal Symphony, op. 6: III. Scherzo
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Triumphal Symphony, op. 6: III. Scherzo
Franz Schubert
Symphony No 9 in C major, D 944 (Great)
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Symphony No 9 in C major, D 944 (Great)
Sergey Rachmaninov
Piano Concerto No 2 in C minor, Op 18
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Piano Concerto No 2 in C minor, Op 18
Franz Schubert
Symphony no.8 in B minor ('Unfinished')
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Symphony no.8 in B minor ('Unfinished')
Gareth Glyn
Vita Davidis: Buchedd Dewi
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Vita Davidis: Buchedd Dewi
Dame Ethel Smyth
The Boatswain's Mate
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The Boatswain's Mate
Jean Sibelius
King Christian II Suite
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King Christian II Suite
Arthur Sullivan
Cox and Box (Overture)
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Cox and Box (Overture)
Florent Schmitt
La Tragedie de Salome - symphonic poem Op.50
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La Tragedie de Salome - symphonic poem Op.50
Edward Elgar
Symphony no. 1 in A flat major Op.55
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Symphony no. 1 in A flat major Op.55
Hubert Parry
Proserpine
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Proserpine
Paul Ben-Haim
Yizkor
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Yizkor
Florence Price
Ethiopia's Shadow in America
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Ethiopia's Shadow in America
Gustav Mahler
Symphony no. 10: Adagio
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Symphony no. 10: Adagio
Gustav Mahler
5 Ruckert-Lieder
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5 Ruckert-Lieder
Antonín Dvořák
Symphonic variations, Op 78
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Symphonic variations, Op 78
Frank Bridge
Canzonetta
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Canzonetta
Giuseppe Verdi
Il Trovatore: Tacea la notte placida
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Il Trovatore: Tacea la notte placida
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BBC NOW 2018-19 Season: Discover More: The Art of Mahler part 2
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St David's Hall, Cardiff
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St David's Hall 2018-19: Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2
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BBC NOW 2018-19 Season: Discover More: The Art of Mahler part 2
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Brangwyn Hall, Swansea
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Brangwyn Hall 2018-19: Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2
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Brangwyn Hall, Swansea
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BBC NOW 2018-19 Season: The Prisoner | Fidelio (Act II)
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Wales Millennium Centre
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BBC NOW 2018-19 Season: Vale of Glamorgan Festival
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BBC NOW 2018-19 Season: Vale of Glamorgan Festival

BBC NOW 2018-19 Season: Vale of Glamorgan Festival

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Beethoven and Brahms
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St Nicolas Church, Newbury
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Beethoven and Brahms

Beethoven and Brahms

St Nicolas Church, Newbury
Brangwyn Hall 2018-19: Mozart and Bartók
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Brangwyn Hall, Swansea
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May
2019
Brangwyn Hall 2018-19: Mozart and Bartók

Brangwyn Hall 2018-19: Mozart and Bartók

Brangwyn Hall, Swansea
BBC NOW 2018-19 Season: Discover More: Bartók's Piano Concerto
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Brangwyn Hall, Swansea
2019-05-10T08:12:00
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May
2019
BBC NOW 2018-19 Season: Discover More: Bartók's Piano Concerto

BBC NOW 2018-19 Season: Discover More: Bartók's Piano Concerto

Brangwyn Hall, Swansea
St David's Hall 2018-19: Mozart and Bartók
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St David's Hall, Cardiff
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May
2019
St David's Hall 2018-19: Mozart and Bartók

St David's Hall 2018-19: Mozart and Bartók

St David's Hall, Cardiff

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