BBC National Orchestra of Wales

BBC National Orchestra of Wales is one of the UK’s most versatile orchestras, with a varied range of work as both a broadcast orchestra and national symphony orchestra of Wales. The orchestra’s adventurous programming is driven by Principal Conductor Thomas Søndergård, Principal Guest Conductor Xian Zhang and Conductor Laureate Tadaaki Otaka; the Welsh composer Huw Watkins is the orchestra’s composer-in-association.

Generously supported by the Arts Council of Wales, and part of BBC Wales, BBC NOW is orchestra-in-residence at Cardiff’s St David’s Hall, and performs a busy series of live concerts throughout Wales and the UK, with almost all of its performances heard on BBC Radio. BBC NOW appears biennially at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World and annually at the BBC Proms. Autumn 2015 saw one of the orchestra’s most ambitious international tours to-date; a community residency celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Welsh settlement in Patagonia, followed by performances across South America.

BBC NOW has an extensive learning programme which aims to introduce classical music to a broad audience of all ages, and helps develop skills in performance, composition and conducting. Each year, musicians from the Orchestra work with thousands of people in schools, Special Educational Needs schools, and communities across Wales.

The orchestra’s home is BBC Hoddinott Hall, a world-class concert hall and recording studio based in Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay. From here BBC NOW continues its work as the UK’s foremost soundtrack orchestra working on programmes and films including War and Peace, David Attenborough’s Life Story and Louis Theroux’s My Scientology Movie. As the Doctor Who house band, the Orchestra have performed music for the series for the last twelve years, and performed in arenas around the UK for the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular tour.