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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BBC Philharmonic Tracks

BBC Philharmonic
The period of cosmographie
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The period of cosmographie

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Aaron Copland
Buckaroo Holiday (Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo)
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Buckaroo Holiday (Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo)
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)
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'
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Eugene Onegin, Op 24 (excerpts)
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Eugene Onegin, Op 24 (excerpts)
Yan Pascal Tortelier
Laudamus Te
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Laudamus Te
Yan Pascal Tortelier
Gloria
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Gloria
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Symphony No. 1 In A Flat Major, Op 55: II Allegro Molto
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Symphony No. 1 In A Flat Major, Op 55: II Allegro Molto
Erich Wolfgang Korngold
The Sea Hawk (Main titles)
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The Sea Hawk (Main titles)
John Ireland
The Forgotten rite - prelude for orchestra
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The Forgotten rite - prelude for orchestra
Gustav Holst
The Perfect fool - ballet music
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The Perfect fool - ballet music
Georges Bizet
Habanera (Carmen)
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Habanera (Carmen)
Bedrich Smetana
The Bartered Bride: Overture
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The Bartered Bride: Overture
Henri Dutilleux
Metaboles for orchestra
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Metaboles for orchestra
Maurice Ravel
La Valse - choreographic poem for orchestra
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La Valse - choreographic poem for orchestra
Maurice Ravel
Oiseaux tristes (Miroirs)
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Oiseaux tristes (Miroirs)
Igor Stravinsky
Symphony in Three Movements (Proms 2015)
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Symphony in Three Movements (Proms 2015)
Olivier Messiaen
Un Oiseau des arbres de vie (Oiseau tui)
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Un Oiseau des arbres de vie (Oiseau tui)
Maurice Ravel
Piano Concerto in G major (Proms 2015)
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Piano Concerto in G major (Proms 2015)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Idomeneo – ballet music (Proms 2015)
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Idomeneo – ballet music (Proms 2015)
Claude Debussy
Prelude à l'apres-midi d'un faune
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Prelude à l'apres-midi d'un faune
Georges Auric
Suite from "The Titfield Thunderbolt"
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Suite from "The Titfield Thunderbolt"
George Antheil
Hot-time Dance
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Hot-time Dance
Francis Poulenc
Sept repons de Tenebres (V-VII)
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Sept repons de Tenebres (V-VII)
Antonín Dvořák
Symphony No 9 in E minor - From the New World
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Symphony No 9 in E minor - From the New World
Ludwig van Beethoven
Violin Concerto in D
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Violin Concerto in D
Claude Debussy
Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
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Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Symphony No.26 in E-flat major, K.161a
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Symphony No.26 in E-flat major, K.161a
Igor Stravinsky
Suite from 'Pulcinella'
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Suite from 'Pulcinella'
Francis Poulenc
Concerto for two pianos
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Concerto for two pianos
Edward Elgar
Variations on an original theme 'Enigma' for orchestra (Op.36)
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Variations on an original theme 'Enigma' for orchestra (Op.36)
Percy Grainger
Green Bushes
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Green Bushes
Manuel de Falla
La Vida Breve (End of Act 1)
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La Vida Breve (End of Act 1)
Takashi Yoshimatsu
Saxophone Concerto 'Cyber-bird', Op. 59 (2nd movement - Bird in Grief)
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Saxophone Concerto 'Cyber-bird', Op. 59 (2nd movement - Bird in Grief)
Bedrich Smetana
The Bartered Bride: Furiant
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The Bartered Bride: Furiant
Arnold Bax
Symphony no. 7 in A flat major
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Symphony no. 7 in A flat major
Cyril Scott
Symphony no. 4
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Symphony no. 4
Benjamin Britten
Violin Concerto, op. 15
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Violin Concerto, op. 15
Xavier Montsalvatge
Partita for Orchestra
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Partita for Orchestra
Edward Elgar
Cockaigne Overture, op. 40
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Cockaigne Overture, op. 40
William Walton
Viola Concerto
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Viola Concerto
Edward Elgar
Sevilliana Op.7
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Sevilliana Op.7
Eric Coates
The Dam Busters March
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The Dam Busters March
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BBC Philharmonic 2018-19 Season: Sibelius/Tippett/Stravinsky
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The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
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Kendal Leisure Centre, Kendal
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Sounds From the Other City
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BBC Philharmonic 2018-19 Season: Bax/Walton/Vaughan Williams
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The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
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BBC Philharmonic 2018-19 Season: Bax/Walton/Vaughan Williams

BBC Philharmonic 2018-19 Season: Bax/Walton/Vaughan Williams

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BBC Philharmonic Learning: Journey Through Music - 13 April
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BBC Philharmonic Learning: Journey Through Music - 13 April

BBC Philharmonic Learning: Journey Through Music - 13 April

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
BBC Philharmonic Studio Concerts: Holst, Ireland, Walton & Bax
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MediaCityUK, Salford
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2019
BBC Philharmonic Studio Concerts: Holst, Ireland, Walton & Bax

BBC Philharmonic Studio Concerts: Holst, Ireland, Walton & Bax

MediaCityUK, Salford
BBC Philharmonic 2018-19 Season: Thomas Adès/Prokofiev/Schubert
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The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
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2019
BBC Philharmonic 2018-19 Season: Thomas Adès/Prokofiev/Schubert

BBC Philharmonic 2018-19 Season: Thomas Adès/Prokofiev/Schubert

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The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
BBC Philharmonic: Preview+: Preview + 6 April
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The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
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2019
BBC Philharmonic: Preview+: Preview + 6 April

BBC Philharmonic: Preview+: Preview + 6 April

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

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