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BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

The BBC Philharmonic, known for its innovative and versatile music-making, has its home in Salford and enjoys worldwide recognition. Its adventurous approach to programming places new and neglected music in the context of the established classical canon and the orchestra performs over 100 concerts a year for broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

The orchestra’s passion for bringing classical music to new audiences has seen collaborations with Clean Bandit, The 1975, Jarvis Cocker, Will Young, The Courteeners, Rag'n'Bone Man, Elbow and The xx. Known for its range of creative partnerships, the orchestra’s recent work across BBC North includes performing at 2017’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards and recording music for the title sequence of the BBC Proms TV coverage in 2017. 

Performing across the North of England and beyond - the orchestra is resident each year at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall and appears annually at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms. Internationally-renowned, the BBC Philharmonic also tours Europe and Asia, has performed in America and China and was touring Japan during the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Embracing new technology, the orchestra launched Philharmonic Lab in May 2018 in partnership with BBC Research and Development - inviting audiences to keep their mobile phones on to access live programme notes in a bold move to reimagine the orchestral experience.

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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