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English festival seeks new boss

Meurig Bowen has stepped down from the Cheltenham Music Festival after ten years to work for the BBC in Cardiff as artistic planning manager at the National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales. He will also help out with planning at St George’s, Bristol. press photo  © mcphersonstevens.com   UPDATE: Message from Meurig: So my news today is […]

Wales mourns a dazzling soloist

2 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

From BBC National Orchestra of Wales: It’s with tremendous sadness that we share that our much loved colleague and friend Eva Stewart has passed away. Eva joined the Orchestra in 2002 as our Principal Piccolo and constantly amazed us with her wonderful musicianship and dedication. Her skill and sincere musicality were real gifts to be […]

BBC Proms 2017–Elias, Weir, Turnage, and INSPIRE

2 months agoMusic / Classical : Sequenza21

The Prom presented on August 9 by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conducted by Ryan Wigglesworth, featured the first performance of Brian Elias’s Cello Concerto, which was a BBC commission. It was written for and is dedicated to Natalie Clein, who had to withdraw from the concert due to illness. The soloist in her […]

Premiere of Brian Elias' new cello concerto at the BBC Proms

2 months agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

Leonard Elschenbroich Brian Elias Cello Concerto; Leonard Elschenbroich, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Ryan Wigglesworth; BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall Reviewed by Jill Barlow on Aug 9 2017 Star rating: 3.0 A complex and rewarding...Show More Summary

A Good Man (Twelfth Doctor’s Theme) as Performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Watch as the BBC National Orchestra of Wales performs A Good Man (Twelfth Doctor’s Theme) at a live Q&A with Pearl Mackie and Steven Moffat. This video was originally live streamed on the BBC One Facebook page on Saturday 24th June 2017. Show More Summary

BBC tries out concert for people with autism

3 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

The upcoming ‘relaxed’ Prom for people with autism and learning disabilities has been tried out early in Cardiff by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Sign language interpretation was provided on stage and there were chill-out areas in the hall for those who felt the need to stretch their legs. Sounds like a terrific idea. […]

BBC NOW celebrates its 90th birthday and more

5 months agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

Thomas Søndergård, principal conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales During the 2017/18 season the BBC National Orchestra of Wales celebrates its 90th anniversary in April 2018, and the orchestra is also joining with arts organisations across Wales for Russia 17, a series marking the centenary of the 1917 Russian Revolution. Show More Summary

It’s a Welsh mannequin challenge. Enough, already?

11 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

For the latest scamp, from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, click here. If you feel like it.

Mark Bowden: Sudden Light

11 months agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

Mark Bowden Lyra, Heartland, Five Memos, Sudden Light; Hyeyoon Park, Huw Watkins, Julian Warburton, Oliver Coates, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Grant Llewellyn; NMC Records Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Nov 16 2016 Star rating:...Show More Summary

The Berlin Philharmonic think it’s all over

The German elite XI played a London orchestras team in Hyde Park. According to the Berliners, the result was 1-1. But England captain David Stark, principal double bass of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales (and thus of doubtful qualification) is claiming that an extra London goal crossed the line and was not seen by the […]

John Pickard premiere in Cardiff

John Pickard The BBC National Orchestra of Wales (BBC NOW), conducted by Martyn Brabbins, will be giving the world premiere of John Pickard's Symphony No. 5 on 7 June 2016 at BBC Hoddinott Hall in Cardiff. The symphony was commissioned by the BBC NOW and written in 2014. Show More Summary

Welcoming Xian Zhang - BBC NOW 2016-17 season

Xian Zhang - photo B Ealovega BBC National Orchestra of Wales new season sees Principal Conductor Thomas Søndergård returning, and Principal Guest Conductor Xian Zhang conducting her inaugural concert and a series of concerts celebrating important Welsh composers. Show More Summary

Soft stillness at the Hoddinott Hall

Madeleine Mitchell On 12 May 2016 (at 2pm) the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conductor Edwin Outwater, will be giving a contemporary programme at the Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff, as part of the 2016 Vale of Glamorgan Festival. The concert...Show More Summary

The Dutilleux year starts in … Wales

This is weird but rather wonderful. The centennial of a Gallic composer will kick off in les pays de Galles. Cardiff University School of Music is collaborating with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales to mount a tribute to the internationally-acclaimed composer Henri Dutilleux (1916-2013). A series of orchestral and chamber music concerts featuring Dutilleux’s music […]

BBC National Orchestra & Chorus of Wales appoints Xian Zhang as Principal Guest Conductor

Xian Zhang - photo B. Ealovega The Chinese conductor Xian Zhang has made history by being the first woman conductor to be appointed to a titled role with a BBC orchestra. Whilst Marin Alsop made history when she conducted the Last Night...Show More Summary

New Jersey’s new music director takes a third job

No sooner was Xian Zhang announced as music director of the New Jersey Symphony than she’s being paraded as principal guest conductor with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Xian, 42, is already chief conductor of the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi in Milan, where she lives. Sounds like she’s got an agent who just can’t […]

Breakthrough: First female conductor wins titled post in a BBC orchestra

Xian Zhang. Photo: Benjamin Ealovega Here's a gentle crack in the glass overhead: Xian Zhang has been named principal guest conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. This is the first time ever that a conductor who happens to be female has been given a titled post with one of the BBC's five orchestras. Show More Summary

From Wales to Patagonia - the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in 2015/16

BBC National Orchestra of Walesphoto credit BBC The BBC National Orchestra of Wales will be embarking on one of its most ambitious tours to date, going to Argentina, Chile and Uruguay this Autumn wit conductor Grant Llewellyn and harpist...Show More Summary

A new collaboration: B Tommy Andersson and BBCNOW

Bosch - Garden of Earthly Delight Strauss, Andersson, Sibelius; Ann Petersen, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Thomas Søndergård; St David's Hall, Cardiff Reviewed by Hilary Glover on Oct 3 2014 Star rating: 4.0 Large scale work from...Show More Summary

B Tommy Andersson - new BBC NOW composer-in-residence

B Tommy AnderssonPhoto: Jan-Olav Wedin The Swedish composer B. Tommy Andersson has been appointed the composer-in-residence with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Their first joint event will be the orchestra's concert on October 3, when the programme will include Andersson's Garden of Delights. Show More Summary

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