BBC Philharmonic
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BBC Philharmonic

BBC Philharmonic Biography (BBC)

The BBC Philharmonic is based at MediaCityUK in Salford and performs an annual season of concerts at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, as well as regular concerts in Hanley, Leeds, Kendal and other venues across the north of England. As one of the BBC’s six performing groups the majority of the orchestra’s concerts are broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

The BBC Philharmonic is supported by Salford City Council, enabling the orchestra to build active links in the local area through a busy learning and community programme.

Juanjo Mena is Chief Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic. Hailing from the Basque region of Spain he has brought his passion for large-scale choral works and the music of his home country to the orchestra since taking up the post in 2011 and his performances have received rave reviews: “Juanjo Mena conducted his BBC Philharmonic cohorts as if the orchestra was his dance partner, jigging and gliding like the life and soul of the party” The Artsdesk (Prom 17: Beethoven Symphony No.7, 25 July 2013). “Mena’s handling of the work’s grand arc from dawn to dusk was majestic” The Guardian (An Alpine Symphony, 23 Jan 2014, The Bridgewater Hall).

John Storgårds is Principal Guest Conductor and has brought a programme of Scandinavian works to the orchestra’s repertoire; they have recorded the complete Sibelius symphony cycle for Chandos Records, to be released in Spring 2014. The distinguished Austrian composer HK ‘Nali’ Gruber is Composer/Conductor and led the orchestra in a highly prestigious residency at the Vienna Konzerthaus in 2013. Former Chief Conductor Gianandrea Noseda is now Conductor Laureate, spending up to four weeks each season with the orchestra.

The BBC Philharmonic has its roots in the city of Manchester, since it’s foundation in 1934 as the BBC Northern Orchestra. In 1982, soon after moving to the BBC’s new building on Oxford Road in Manchester, it changed its name to the BBC Philharmonic. In 2011 the BBC moved many of its major departments to a new centre at Salford Quays. The BBC Philharmonic was the first to move to the new site, where it has a state-of-the-art acoustically-engineered orchestral studio.

To celebrate the move, the orchestra held a 17-day festival, BBC Philharmonic Presents, which created a series of unique collaborations broadcast across the range of the BBC’s national radio stations. In 2012 the series was expanded to venues across the north of England, bringing orchestral music to an even wider audience. Collaborations have included dubstep artists Nero for BBC Radios 1 & 1Xtra, Kermode & Mayo’s Film Review for Radio 5 live, Sunday Worship for Radio 4, Richard Hawley in Sheffield for BBC Radio 6 Music, the Guy Barker Jazz Orchestra in Blackpool for Radio 3 and traditional Pakistani musicians for Asian Network in Bradford.

As an internationally-renowned orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic regularly tours in Europe and Asia. In 2011 the orchestra’s tour of Japan was cut short when the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami hit the country; last year they returned to complete the tour dates that were cancelled. In 2014 the orchestra will be undertaking tours in Europe (Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Hungary) and Spain.

The BBC Philharmonic has made over 200 recordings with Chandos Records and sold around 900,000 albums. Recent releases have received excellent reviews: “There is a whole spectrum of influences at work on Casella, but they are subsumed into a personal, dynamic style that the BBC Philharmonic conveys with sinew and spirit.” (The Telegraph, Casella: Orchestral Works CHAN 10768) and “…a concentrated musicianship where energy and refinement blend in ideal proportions.” (Gramophone Magazine, Falla CHAN 10694).


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Jean Sibelius
Finlandia Op 26 for orchestra
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Finlandia Op 26 for orchestra
Arnold Bax
Dance in the Sun (4 Orchestral sketches)
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Dance in the Sun (4 Orchestral sketches)
Juan Crisistomo de Arriaga, BBC Philharmonic & Juanjo Mena
Overture in D major, Op.20
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Overture in D major, Op.20

Overture in D major, Op.20

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Juan Crisistomo de Arriaga
Conductor
Georges Auric
The Lavender Hill Mob (Suite)
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The Lavender Hill Mob (Suite)
Frank Bridge
The Sea - suite for orchestra
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The Sea - suite for orchestra
Isaac Albéniz
Suite espanola no. 1, orch. Fruhbeck de Burgos; Sevilla (Sevillanas)
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Suite espanola no. 1, orch. Fruhbeck de Burgos; Sevilla (Sevillanas)
Alberto Ginastera
Panambi - Ballet Op.1
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Panambi - Ballet Op.1

Panambi - Ballet Op.1

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Choir
Ladies Of Manchester Chamber Choir
Paul Dukas
The Sorcerer's Apprentice
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The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Maurice Ravel
Ma mere l'oye - ballet
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Ma mere l'oye - ballet
Maurice Ravel
Oiseaux tristes, orch. Colin Matthews from no.2 of "Miroirs"
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Oiseaux tristes, orch. Colin Matthews from no.2 of "Miroirs"
Cécile Louise Chaminade
Callirhoe - suite Op.37
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Callirhoe - suite Op.37
Percy Grainger
Shepherd's Hey!
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Shepherd's Hey!
Gabriel Pierné
Piano Concerto in C minor, Op 12 (3rd mvt)
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Piano Concerto in C minor, Op 12 (3rd mvt)
Edward Elgar
Cockaigne
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Cockaigne
Gustav Holst
Song of the Fisherman (Japanese Suite, Op 33)
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Song of the Fisherman (Japanese Suite, Op 33)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Symphony No 2 in C minor, Op 17
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Symphony No 2 in C minor, Op 17
George Antheil
Symphony No. 3 'American': Movt. 3 'The Golden Spike' and 4 'Back to Baltimore'
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Symphony No. 3 'American': Movt. 3 'The Golden Spike' and 4 'Back to Baltimore'
Arnold Bax
Nympholept
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Nympholept
Maurice Ravel
Rapsodie espagnole
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Rapsodie espagnole
Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga
Overture to Los Esclavos Felices
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Overture to Los Esclavos Felices
Sergei Rachmaninov
3 Russian songs Op.41
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3 Russian songs Op.41
Edward Elgar
March of the Mogul Emperors (The Crown of India)
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March of the Mogul Emperors (The Crown of India)
Igor Stravinsky
The Rite of Spring [Part 2 The sacrifice]
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The Rite of Spring [Part 2 The sacrifice]
Alan Rawsthorne
Main titles and Nocturne (The Cruel Sea)
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Main titles and Nocturne (The Cruel Sea)
Arnold Bax
Fagin's romp (Oliver Twist)
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Fagin's romp (Oliver Twist)
Alan Rawsthorne
The Cruel sea - music for the film
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The Cruel sea - music for the film
Takashi Yoshimatsu
Trombone Concerto 'Orion Machine'
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Trombone Concerto 'Orion Machine'
Richard Rodney Bennett
Partita
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Partita
Edward Cowie
Clarinet concerto No3 'Ruskin's Dream Coniston'
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Clarinet concerto No3 'Ruskin's Dream Coniston'
Erich Wolfgang Korngold
The Sea Hawk (Main titles; The Hanging Man; Happy Sailing; End titles)
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The Sea Hawk (Main titles; The Hanging Man; Happy Sailing; End titles)
Johann Sebastian Bach
'Fugue a la gigue' in G major, BWV. 577
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'Fugue a la gigue' in G major, BWV. 577
Gabriel Fauré
Pelleas et Melisande suite, Op 80
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Pelleas et Melisande suite, Op 80
Jean Sibelius
Lemminkainen's Return (Lemminkainen Suite) Op 22
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Lemminkainen's Return (Lemminkainen Suite) Op 22
Dmitri Shostakovich
Symphony No 5 in D minor, Op 47
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Symphony No 5 in D minor, Op 47
Arnold Bax
Concertante for cor anglais, clarinet, horn and orchestra (2nd mvt)
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Concertante for cor anglais, clarinet, horn and orchestra (2nd mvt)
Anatoly Konstantinovich Lyadov
Scherzo in D major, Op 16
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Scherzo in D major, Op 16
Frank Bridge
The Sea
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The Sea
Edward Elgar
Enigma Variations Op 36 (Finale)
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Enigma Variations Op 36 (Finale)
Gustav Holst
Invocation, Op.19 No. 2
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Invocation, Op.19 No. 2
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Symphony No 4 in F minor
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Symphony No 4 in F minor
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Concerto No.25 in C, K503
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Piano Concerto No.25 in C, K503
Igor Stravinsky
Scherzo fantastique, Op.3
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Scherzo fantastique, Op.3
Sergei Prokofiev
Cinderella's waltz from Zolushka [Cinderella] suite no 1, Op 107
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Cinderella's waltz from Zolushka [Cinderella] suite no 1, Op 107
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Turkish March
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Turkish March
Gustav Holst
Beni Mora - oriental suite (Op.29`1); no.3; In the street of the Ouled Nails (Finale)
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Beni Mora - oriental suite (Op.29`1); no.3; In the street of the Ouled Nails (Finale)
Ron Goodwin
Monte Carlo or bust - suite from the film music
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Monte Carlo or bust - suite from the film music
Gabriel Fauré
Masques et bergamasques
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Masques et bergamasques
Jacques Offenbach
La belle Hélène (Overture)
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La belle Hélène (Overture)
Percy Grainger
Country Gardens
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Country Gardens
Lili Boulanger
D'un matin de printemps
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D'un matin de printemps
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Upcoming BBC Events

BBC Philharmonic: Preview+: Preview + 16 February
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The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
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BBC Philharmonic 2018-19 Season: Berlioz - Béatrice et Bénédict
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The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
2019-02-16T16:46:13
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BBC Philharmonic: Preview+: Preview + 23 February
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The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
2019-02-23T16:46:13
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BBC Philharmonic 2018-19 Season: Schumann/Robin Holloway/Valentin Silvestrov
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The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
2019-02-23T16:46:13
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Walton, Elgar, Britten & Vaughan Williams
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Palacio Euskalduna, Bilbao
2019-03-02T16:46:13
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Past BBC Events

BBC Philharmonic Studio Concerts: Chaminade, Ravel, Dukas & Saint-Saëns
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MediaCityUK, Salford
2019-02-13T16:46:13
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13
Feb
2019
BBC Philharmonic Studio Concerts: Chaminade, Ravel, Dukas & Saint-Saëns

BBC Philharmonic Studio Concerts: Chaminade, Ravel, Dukas & Saint-Saëns

MediaCityUK, Salford
Mendelssohn, Mozart & Tchaikovsky
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Victoria Hall, Hanley
2019-02-08T16:46:13
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8
Feb
2019
Mendelssohn, Mozart & Tchaikovsky

Mendelssohn, Mozart & Tchaikovsky

Victoria Hall, Hanley
Mendelssohn, Cowie & Tchaikovsky
https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/e3xj6q
Lancaster University
2019-02-07T16:46:13
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7
Feb
2019
Mendelssohn, Cowie & Tchaikovsky

Mendelssohn, Cowie & Tchaikovsky

Lancaster University
BBC Philharmonic Studio Concerts: Bennett, Cowie & Howard
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MediaCityUK, Salford
2019-02-06T16:46:13
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6
Feb
2019
BBC Philharmonic Studio Concerts: Bennett, Cowie & Howard

BBC Philharmonic Studio Concerts: Bennett, Cowie & Howard

MediaCityUK, Salford
BBC Philharmonic Studio Concerts: Arnell, Cowen, Fogg, Howell, Vaughan Williams, Goossens & Bliss
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MediaCityUK, Salford
2019-01-30T16:46:13
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30
Jan
2019
BBC Philharmonic Studio Concerts: Arnell, Cowen, Fogg, Howell, Vaughan Williams, Goossens & Bliss

BBC Philharmonic Studio Concerts: Arnell, Cowen, Fogg, Howell, Vaughan Williams, Goossens & Bliss

MediaCityUK, Salford

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