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
Symphony No 2 "Elegiac" (feat. Edwin Outwater)
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Symphony No 2 "Elegiac" (feat. Edwin Outwater)

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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
Frank Bridge
Valse intermezzo
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Valse intermezzo
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
Igor Stravinsky
Agon - ballet
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Agon - ballet
Hector Berlioz
Harold en Italie - symphony Op.16
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Harold en Italie - symphony Op.16
Mélanie Bonis
Trois femmes de legende for orchestra
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Trois femmes de legende for orchestra
Michael Berkeley
Concerto for orchestra
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Concerto for orchestra
Mark David Boden
Concerto for clarinet and orchestra
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Concerto for clarinet and orchestra
Alun Hoddinott
Variants Op.47
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Variants Op.47
Guto Puw
Camouflage for orchestra
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Camouflage for orchestra
Gruff Rhys
Same Old Song
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Same Old Song
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Symphony No 5 in E minor, Op 64
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Symphony No 5 in E minor, Op 64
Joaquín Rodrigo
Concierto de Aranjuez
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Concierto de Aranjuez
Alexander Borodin
Overture (Prince Igor)
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Overture (Prince Igor)
Sergei Prokofiev
Symphony No 1 'Classical' (4th mvt)
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Symphony No 1 'Classical' (4th mvt)
Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No 9 (conclusion)
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Symphony No 9 (conclusion)
Bedrich Smetana
Vltava (Moldau) - from 'Ma Vlast'
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Vltava (Moldau) - from 'Ma Vlast'
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
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
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BBC NOW 2018-19 Season: Discover More: Bartók's Piano Concerto
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St David's Hall 2018-19: Mozart and Bartók
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St David's Hall, Cardiff
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Brangwyn Hall, Swansea
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Brangwyn Hall 2018-19: Mozart and Bartók
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Brangwyn Hall, Swansea
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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

Past BBC Events

BBC Hoddinott Hall 2018-19: Easter Oratorio
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BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff
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BBC Hoddinott Hall 2018-19: Easter Oratorio

BBC Hoddinott Hall 2018-19: Easter Oratorio

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Brangwyn Hall 2018-19: Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2
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Brangwyn Hall, Swansea
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Brangwyn Hall 2018-19: Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2

Brangwyn Hall 2018-19: Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2

Brangwyn Hall, Swansea
BBC NOW 2018-19 Season: Discover More: Schubert 9
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Brangwyn Hall, Swansea
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BBC NOW 2018-19 Season: Discover More: Schubert 9

BBC NOW 2018-19 Season: Discover More: Schubert 9

Brangwyn Hall, Swansea
St David's Hall 2018-19: Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2
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St David's Hall, Cardiff
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St David's Hall 2018-19: Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2

St David's Hall 2018-19: Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2

St David's Hall, Cardiff
BBC NOW 2018-19 Season: Discover More: Schubert 9
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St David's Hall, Cardiff
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Apr
2019
BBC NOW 2018-19 Season: Discover More: Schubert 9

BBC NOW 2018-19 Season: Discover More: Schubert 9

St David's Hall, Cardiff

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