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BBC National Chorus of Wales is one of the leading mixed choruses in the UK and whilst preserving its amateur status, works to the highest professional standards under Artistic Director, Adrian Partington. It is made up of over 150 singers; a mix of amateur choristers alongside students from both the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and Cardiff University. Formed in 1983, the Chorus works regularly alongside BBC National Orchestra of Wales, as well as performing concerts in its own right, and has recently performed with the BBC Symphony and BBC Philharmonic orchestras.

BBC National Chorus of Wales step with ease through stirring choruses, blissful songs and weaving counterpoint
The Times

Highlights of the 2018/19 season see the orchestra perform alongside the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, including the first complete performance of Stanford’s Mass Via Victrix (1914-1918), Britten’s War Requiem with Mark Wigglesworth and Berlioz’s L’enfance du Christ with Sir Andrew Davis.

The Chorus performs annually at the BBC Proms; last season’s highlights included the European premiere of James MacMillan’s A European Requiem alongside Beethoven’s ninth symphony, Britten’s Ballad of Heroes and at BBC Proms in the Park, Swansea with Mica Paris and saxophonist Jess Gillam.

Based at BBC Hoddinott Hall in Cardiff Bay, the National Chorus of Wales is committed to promoting Welsh and contemporary music. In 2016 the Chorus gave the second-ever performance of Grace Williams’s Missa Cambrensis, 45 years after its premiere, and performed the world premiere of Kate Whitley’ Speak Out for International Women’s Day, set to the words of Malala Yousafzai’s 2013 UN Speech. In January 2018, the Chorus toured to Brittany performing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 led by Grant Llewellyn with Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne in Rennes, and have also recently collaborated with Welsh National Opera Orchestra for the first time in a performance of Handel’s Messiah.

The Chorus can be heard on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Cymru and recently featured in the BBC Four series, Tunes for Tyrants presented by Suzy Klein.

Who's who

  • Adrian Partington, Artistic Director

Adrian has directed the Chorus since 1999. He works regularly with many of the most famous choirs in the UK, including the Philharmonia, the BBC Symphony Chorus, and the London Bach Choir

How to apply

To apply for an audition with the BBC National Chorus of Wales, please email us with your name and contact details, and details of the music you would like to sing at an audition.