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BBC Philharmonic

BBC Philharmonic performed at the John Tavener event for MIF13 and at Dr Dee for MIF11. For more information, visit the event page by following the link in the left hand panel.

Juanjo Mena              Chief Conductor
John Storgårds           Principal Guest Conductor
HK Gruber                  Composer/Conductor
Gianandrea Noseda     Conductor Laureate
Vassily Sinaisky          Conductor Emeritus
Yan Pascal Tortelier    Conductor Emeritus

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 orchestra records and performs concerts for BBC Radio 3. Most of the concerts that the orchestra performs each year will be broadcast on Radio 3.

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.

As an internationally-renowned orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic regularly tours in Europe and Asia. In 2010 the orchestra’s tour of Japan was cut short when the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami hit the country. In 2012 they will return to complete the tour dates that were cancelled.

The BBC Philharmonic has made over 200 recordings with Chandos Records and sold around 900,000 albums.  Releases in 2012 received excellent reviews, with critics commenting “The performances are immensely persuasive” (The Guardian, Montsalvatge CHAN 10735) and “…a concentrated musicianship where energy and refinement blend in ideal proportions.” (Gramophone Magazine, Falla CHAN 10694).

The BBC Philharmonic is supported by Salford City Council, enabling the orchestra to build active links in the area through a busy learning and community programme

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