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BBC Philharmonic

A broadcasting orchestra based in Salford, the BBC Philharmonic performs at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, tours the North of England, and welcomes audiences in its recording studio at MediaCityUK. It gives more than a hundred concerts each year, nearly all of which are broadcast on BBC Radio 3, the BBC’s home of classical music. It also appears annually at the BBC Proms. Champion of British composers, the orchestra works with world-class artists from a range of genres and styles, and in 2014 revived BBC Philharmonic Presents, a series of collaborations across BBC Radio stations, showcasing its versatility and adventurous, creative spirit. It is supported by Salford City Council, which enables a busy, burgeoning Learning and Outreach programme within schools and the local community. Working closely with the Council and other partners, including the Royal Northern College of Music, Salford University, and Greater Manchester Music Hub, it supports and nurtures emerging talent from across the North West.

The BBC Philharmonic is led by its Chief Conductor, Juanjo Mena, whose love of large-scale choral works and the music of his home country, Spain, has produced unforgettable performances in the concert hall and on disc. Its Principal Guest Conductor, John Storgårds, recorded a Sibelius symphony cycle with the orchestra in 2013 to much critical acclaim. The distinguished Austrian HK ‘Nali’ Gruber is Composer / Conductor and led the orchestra in a residency at the Wiener Konzerthaus in 2013. Its former principal conductors Gianandrea Noseda and Yan Pascal Tortelier also return regularly. Internationally renowned, it frequently travels to the continent and Asia, where the dates which had been cancelled when a tour of Japan was cut short by the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami in 2011, were completed in 2014. Having made more than 250 recordings with Chandos Records and sold around 900,000 albums, the BBC Philharmonic, along with the remarkable pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet and conductor Gianandrea Noseda, won the 2014 Gramophone Concerto Award.

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