Orchestras

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Benjamin Ealovega

Introduction

BBC National Orchestra of Wales plays a special role as both a broadcast orchestra and the national symphony orchestra of Wales. Its adventurous programming is driven by the artistic team of Principal Conductor Thomas Søndergård, Principal Guest Conductor Xian Zhang and Conductor Laureate Tadaaki Otaka.  An ambassador of Welsh music, the Orchestra works closely with Composer-in-Association Huw Watkins championing Welsh contemporary music.

Part of BBC Wales and generously supported by the Arts Council of Wales, BBC NOW perform a busy schedule of live concerts, touring throughout Wales and the UK. Almost all of their performances can be heard on the BBC, with frequent broadcasts on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Cymru, and appearances at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World and annually at the BBC Proms.

Autumn 2015 saw one of its most ambitious tours to date spending three weeks in South America, including a community residency celebrating the 150th anniversary the Welsh settlement in Patagonia, and concert performances in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay.
As well as delivering an extensive learning programme, BBC NOW is one of the UK’s foremost soundtrack orchestras. From their studio at BBC Hoddinott Hall in Wales Millennium Centre, they’ve worked with programmes such as War and Peace, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and produced award winning soundtracks for Doctor Who.


Introduction

BBC National Orchestra of Wales plays a special role as both a broadcast orchestra and the national symphony orchestra of Wales. Its adventurous programming is driven by the artistic team of Principal Conductor Thomas Søndergård, Principal Guest Conductor Xian Zhang and Conductor Laureate Tadaaki Otaka.  An ambassador of Welsh music, the Orchestra works closely with Composer-in-Association Huw Watkins championing Welsh contemporary music.

Part of BBC Wales and generously supported by the Arts Council of Wales, BBC NOW perform a busy schedule of live concerts, touring throughout Wales and the UK. Almost all of their performances can be heard on the BBC, with frequent broadcasts on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Cymru, and appearances at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World and annually at the BBC Proms.

Autumn 2015 saw one of its most ambitious tours to date spending three weeks in South America, including a community residency celebrating the 150th anniversary the Welsh settlement in Patagonia, and concert performances in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay.
As well as delivering an extensive learning programme, BBC NOW is one of the UK’s foremost soundtrack orchestras. From their studio at BBC Hoddinott Hall in Wales Millennium Centre, they’ve worked with programmes such as War and Peace, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and produced award winning soundtracks for Doctor Who.