BBC Philharmonic
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1934
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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).


BBC Philharmonic Performances & Interviews


BBC Philharmonic Tracks

BBC Philharmonic
Kitty Lie Over Across From The Wall
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Kitty Lie Over Across From The Wall

Kitty Lie Over Across From The Wall

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Nicolas Hodges
Clark Rundell (conductor)

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Gustav Holst
Dance of the Marionette (Japanese Suite, Op 33)
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Dance of the Marionette (Japanese Suite, Op 33)
César Franck
Les Éolides
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Les Éolides
William Walton
Orb and sceptre - coronation march
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Orb and sceptre - coronation march
Anatoly Konstantinovich Lyadov
Scherzo in D major, Op 16
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Scherzo in D major, Op 16
Dmitry Shostakovich
The Duel and Death of Hamlet (Hamlet Suite, Op 116a)
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The Duel and Death of Hamlet (Hamlet Suite, Op 116a)
Benjamin Britten
Courtly Dances: March & Coranto (Gloriana Suite, Op 53a)
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Courtly Dances: March & Coranto (Gloriana Suite, Op 53a)
Mieczysław Weinberg
Symphony No 4
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Symphony No 4
Mieczysław Weinberg
Flute Concerto No 1
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Flute Concerto No 1
Mieczysław Weinberg
Dawn [World Premiere]
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Dawn [World Premiere]
Modest Mussorgsky
Khovantschina: Prelude to Act I
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Khovantschina: Prelude to Act I
Gabriel Pierné
Scherzo-Caprice in D major, Op 25
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Scherzo-Caprice in D major, Op 25
Jean Sibelius
Finlandia Op 26 for orchestra
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Finlandia Op 26 for orchestra
Albert Roussel
Evocations - symphonic poem Op.15
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Evocations - symphonic poem Op.15
Benjamin Britten
Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes (Dawn)
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Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes (Dawn)
Gabriel Fauré
Masques et bergamasques
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Masques et bergamasques
George Lloyd
John Socman (Overture)
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John Socman (Overture)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Eugene Onegin, Op 24 (excerpts)
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Eugene Onegin, Op 24 (excerpts)
George Gershwin
Strike up the Band (Overture)
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Strike up the Band (Overture)
Max Richter
Sketchbook
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Sketchbook
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
The Three Wonders from The tale of Tsar Saltan - suite (Op.57)
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The Three Wonders from The tale of Tsar Saltan - suite (Op.57)
Aaron Copland
Appalachian Spring Suite (7th section)
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Appalachian Spring Suite (7th section)
Michael Tippett
Symphony No.4
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Symphony No.4
Benjamin Britten
Les Illuminations
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Les Illuminations
Sir James MacMillan
Symphony No.4
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Symphony No.4
Benjamin Britten
Concerto for Piano & Orchestra (Op.13) 2nd mvt, Waltz
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Concerto for Piano & Orchestra (Op.13) 2nd mvt, Waltz
Gordon Jacob
Trombone Concerto (first movement)
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Trombone Concerto (first movement)
Gerald Finzi
Concerto in C minor Op. 31 for clarinet and string orchestra (3rd movement)
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Concerto in C minor Op. 31 for clarinet and string orchestra (3rd movement)
Edward Elgar
Concerto in E minor Op. 85 for cello and orchestra (1st movement)
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Concerto in E minor Op. 85 for cello and orchestra (1st movement)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Concerto No. 14 in E flat major K. 449 for piano and orchestra (3rd movement)
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Concerto No. 14 in E flat major K. 449 for piano and orchestra (3rd movement)
Ralph Vaughan Williams
The Wasps - Aristophanic suite (from incidental music) (1909)
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The Wasps - Aristophanic suite (from incidental music) (1909)
Johann Sebastian Bach
Fugue in E flat major 'St Anne', BWV 552
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Fugue in E flat major 'St Anne', BWV 552
Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka
Souvenir d'une nuit d'été à Madrid
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Souvenir d'une nuit d'été à Madrid
Isaac Albéniz
Suite from The Magic Opal (Overture)
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Suite from The Magic Opal (Overture)
Jonathan Dove
Airport scenes - suite from the opera 'Flight' for orchestra: no.4 Departure
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Airport scenes - suite from the opera 'Flight' for orchestra: no.4 Departure
Modest Mussorgsky
Pictures at an Exhibition (orig for piano orch Ravel)
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Pictures at an Exhibition (orig for piano orch Ravel)
Antonín Dvořák
Violin Concerto in A minor, Op 53 (3rd mvt)
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Violin Concerto in A minor, Op 53 (3rd mvt)
Igor Stravinsky
Symphony in C
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Symphony in C
Michael Tippett
Piano Concerto
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Piano Concerto
Jean Sibelius
Symphony No.6
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Symphony No.6
Lili Boulanger
D'un matin de printemps
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D'un matin de printemps
Aaron Copland
Buckaroo Holiday (Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo)
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Buckaroo Holiday (Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo)
Benjamin Britten
Courtly Dances (Gloriana)
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Courtly Dances (Gloriana)
Anatoly Konstantinovich Lyadov
Village Scene by the Inn, Op 19
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Village Scene by the Inn, Op 19
Percy Grainger
Handel in the Strand
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Handel in the Strand
Aaron Copland
Saturday Night Waltz - 4 Dance Episodes from 'Rodeo'
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Saturday Night Waltz - 4 Dance Episodes from 'Rodeo'
Arnold Bax
Eire (In the faery hills)
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Eire (In the faery hills)
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Capriccio Espagnol (Op.34)
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Capriccio Espagnol (Op.34)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Slavonic March in B flat minor 'March Slave'
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Slavonic March in B flat minor 'March Slave'
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Playlists featuring BBC Philharmonic


Upcoming BBC Events

BBC Philharmonic Studio Concerts: MacMillan and Wagner
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MediaCityUK, Salford
2019-05-22T05:47:07
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BBC Philharmonic: Preview+: Preview + 1 June
https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/ef5v9r
The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
2019-06-01T05:47:07
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BBC Philharmonic 2018-19 Season: Mahler/Shostakovich
https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/edc6gw
The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
2019-06-01T05:47:07
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BBC Philharmonic Studio Concerts: Piers Hellawell/Shostakovich/ Prokofiev
https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/e8z3v2
MediaCityUK, Salford
2019-06-05T05:47:07
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Ravel, Prokofiev & Dvořák
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King George's Hall, Blackburn
2019-06-07T05:47:07
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Past BBC Events

BBC Philharmonic 2018-19 Season: Elgar/Rachmaninov
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The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
2019-05-18T05:47:07
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18
May
2019
BBC Philharmonic 2018-19 Season: Elgar/Rachmaninov

BBC Philharmonic 2018-19 Season: Elgar/Rachmaninov

19:30
The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
BBC Philharmonic Studio Concerts: An afternoon of Weinberg
https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/emv9hn
MediaCityUK, Salford
2019-05-15T05:47:07
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15
May
2019
BBC Philharmonic Studio Concerts: An afternoon of Weinberg

BBC Philharmonic Studio Concerts: An afternoon of Weinberg

13:55
MediaCityUK, Salford
BBC Philharmonic Learning: Swashbuckle Musical Adventure
https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/eb4fbp
The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
2019-05-11T05:47:07
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11
May
2019
BBC Philharmonic Learning: Swashbuckle Musical Adventure

BBC Philharmonic Learning: Swashbuckle Musical Adventure

15:00
The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Elgar, Grieg & Dvořák
https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/e94fbp
Victoria Hall, Hanley
2019-05-10T05:47:07
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10
May
2019
Elgar, Grieg & Dvořák

Elgar, Grieg & Dvořák

Victoria Hall, Hanley
Sounds From the Other City
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Islington Mill, Salford
2019-05-05T05:47:07
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5
May
2019
Sounds From the Other City

Sounds From the Other City

15:00
Islington Mill, Salford

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