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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Edward Elgar
Variations on an original theme ('Enigma'), Op 36
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Variations on an original theme ('Enigma'), Op 36
Ralph Vaughan Williams
The Lark Ascending
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The Lark Ascending
Carl Maria von Weber
Bassoon Concerto in F major, Op 75 (3rd mvt)
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Bassoon Concerto in F major, Op 75 (3rd mvt)
Alberto Ginastera
Panambi - ballet Op.1
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Panambi - ballet Op.1
Jonathan Dove
Airport scenes
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Airport scenes
Camille Saint‐Saëns
Concerto no. 3 in E flat major Op.29
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Concerto no. 3 in E flat major Op.29
Gustav Holst
A Winter idyll
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A Winter idyll
David Matthews
Symphony no. 8
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Symphony no. 8
Benjamin Britten
4 Sea interludes Op.33a
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4 Sea interludes Op.33a
Edward Elgar
In the south (Alassio) - overture Op.50
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In the south (Alassio) - overture Op.50
BBC Philharmonic
Scapino (Overture)
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Scapino (Overture)
Jean Sibelius
Symphony no 2 in D major, Op 43
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Symphony no 2 in D major, Op 43
Malcolm Arnold
Comedy Suite (St Trinian's)
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Comedy Suite (St Trinian's)
Francis Poulenc
Toilette de Diane (Aubade)
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Toilette de Diane (Aubade)
Benjamin Britten
4 Sea interludes from Peter Grimes - no.2 Sunday Morning
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4 Sea interludes from Peter Grimes - no.2 Sunday Morning
Johann Sebastian Bach
'Fugue a la gigue' in G major, BWV577
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'Fugue a la gigue' in G major, BWV577
César Franck
Les Éolides
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Les Éolides
Bedrich Smetana
Prague Carnival
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Prague Carnival
Arthur Sullivan
In memoriam - overture in C major
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In memoriam - overture in C major
Maurice Ravel
Alborada del gracioso [The Jester's Aubade] 'Miroirs' (1905)
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Alborada del gracioso [The Jester's Aubade] 'Miroirs' (1905)
Albert Roussel
Pour une Fete de Printemps, Op. 22
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Pour une Fete de Printemps, Op. 22
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis for double string orchestra
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Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis for double string orchestra
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Eugene Onegin, Op 24 (excerpts)
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Eugene Onegin, Op 24 (excerpts)
Benjamin Britten
Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes (Dawn)
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Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes (Dawn)
Miklós Rózsa
Violin Concerto, Op.24 (2nd mvt)
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Violin Concerto, Op.24 (2nd mvt)
Jean Sibelius
Symphony no. 2 in D major Op.43
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Symphony no. 2 in D major Op.43
Luigi Denza
Neapolitan Song, Op 63
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Neapolitan Song, Op 63
Gabriel Fauré
Cantique de Jean Racine
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Cantique de Jean Racine
Johann Strauss II
Egyptian March
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Egyptian 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)
Arthur Bliss
Things to come (March)
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Things to come (March)
Dieterich Buxtehude
Sarabande and Courante (BuxWV.179)
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Sarabande and Courante (BuxWV.179)
Johann Sebastian Bach
Fantasy and fugue in C minor Op. 86 (after Bach's BWV 537)
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Fantasy and fugue in C minor Op. 86 (after Bach's BWV 537)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Symphony No 35 'Haffner' (4th mvt)
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Symphony No 35 'Haffner' (4th mvt)
Edward Elgar
Falstaff - Symphonic Study Op.68
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Falstaff - Symphonic Study Op.68
Ottorino Respighi
Pini di Roma - symphonic poem
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Pini di Roma - symphonic poem
Percy Grainger
Shepherd's Hey!
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Shepherd's Hey!
Malcolm Arnold
Tam O'Shanter, Op 51
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Tam O'Shanter, Op 51
Aaron Copland
Saturday Night Waltz - 4 Dance Episodes from 'Rodeo'
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Saturday Night Waltz - 4 Dance Episodes from 'Rodeo'
William Alwyn
Penn of Pennsylvania Suite
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Penn of Pennsylvania Suite
Bedrich Smetana
The Fisherman (Rybar)
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The Fisherman (Rybar)
Bedrich Smetana
Grand Overture in D
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Grand Overture in D
Claude Debussy
Rondes de Printemps, 'Images
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Rondes de Printemps, 'Images
Richard Wagner
Overture: Der Fliegende Hollander (The Flying Dutchman)
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Overture: Der Fliegende Hollander (The Flying Dutchman)
Joseph Haydn
Symphony no 103 in E flat major "Drum Roll" (H.1.103)
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Symphony no 103 in E flat major "Drum Roll" (H.1.103)
Valentin Silvestrov
Symphony No 5
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Symphony No 5
Robin Holloway
Phaeton's Journey: Son of the Sun (world premiere)
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Phaeton's Journey: Son of the Sun (world premiere)
Robert Schumann
Overture, Scherzo and Finale
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Overture, Scherzo and Finale
Juan Crisistomo de Arriaga, BBC Philharmonic & Juanjo Mena
Overture, Op.20
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Overture, Op.20

Overture, Op.20

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Juan Crisistomo de Arriaga
Conductor
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Upcoming BBC Events

BBC Philharmonic Studio Concerts: Bantock, Beamish & Sibelius
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MediaCityUK, Salford
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Debussy, Beethoven & Dvořák
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Victoria Hall, Hanley
2019-03-29T15:29:04
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BBC Philharmonic Studio Concerts: Beethoven, Haydn, Stravinsky & Mozart
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MediaCityUK, Salford
2019-04-03T15:29:04
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BBC Philharmonic: Preview+: Preview + 6 April
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The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
2019-04-06T15:29:04
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BBC Philharmonic 2018-19 Season: Thomas Adès/Prokofiev/Schubert
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The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
2019-04-06T15:29:04
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Past BBC Events

BBC Philharmonic 2018-19 Season: Stravinsky/Dvořák/Martinu
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The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
2019-03-23T15:29:04
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2019
BBC Philharmonic 2018-19 Season: Stravinsky/Dvořák/Martinu

BBC Philharmonic 2018-19 Season: Stravinsky/Dvořák/Martinu

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The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
BBC Philharmonic: Preview+: Preview + 23 March
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The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
2019-03-23T15:29:04
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23
Mar
2019
BBC Philharmonic: Preview+: Preview + 23 March

BBC Philharmonic: Preview+: Preview + 23 March

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Discovering Martinů
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Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
2019-03-22T15:29:04
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22
Mar
2019
Discovering Martinů

Discovering Martinů

Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
BBC Wellbeing Season: Mr Motivator IN DA HOUSE - MediaCityUK workout
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The Piazza, MediaCityUK
2019-03-22T15:29:04
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22
Mar
2019
BBC Wellbeing Season: Mr Motivator IN DA HOUSE - MediaCityUK workout

BBC Wellbeing Season: Mr Motivator IN DA HOUSE - MediaCityUK workout

The Piazza, MediaCityUK
BBC Philharmonic Learning: Nottinghamshire Family Orchestra and Chorus - Performance
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Metronome, Nottingham
2019-03-16T15:29:04
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Mar
2019
BBC Philharmonic Learning: Nottinghamshire Family Orchestra and Chorus - Performance

BBC Philharmonic Learning: Nottinghamshire Family Orchestra and Chorus - Performance

Metronome, Nottingham

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