|Alternative Spellings||BBC NOW|
Richard Hickox - Conductor from 2000 to 2006
Thomas Søndergård - Conductor from 2012 to 2018
Warwick Braithwaite - Conductor from 1928 to 1931
Reginald Redman - Conductor from 1931 to 1935
Idris Lewis - Conductor from 1935 to 1939
Mansel Thomas - Conductor from 1946 to 1950
Rae Jenkins - Conductor from 1950 to 1965
John Carewe - Conductor from 1966 to 1971
Boris Brott - Conductor from 1972 to 1978
Erich Bergel - Conductor from 1983 to 1985
Tadaaki Otaka - Conductor from 1987 to 1995
Mark Wigglesworth - Conductor from 1996 to 2000
Thierry Fischer - Conductor from 2006 to 2012
Ryan Bancroft - Conductor from 2020
|City||Cardiff, United Kingdom|
The BBC National Orchestra of Wales (BBC NOW) is a Welsh symphony orchestra and one of the BBC's five professional orchestras. The BBC NOW is the only professional symphony orchestra organisation in Wales, occupying a dual role as both a broadcasting orchestra and national orchestra. The BBC NOW has its administrative base in Cardiff, at the BBC Hoddinott Hall on the site of the Wales Millennium Centre, since January 2009.
The BBC NOW is the orchestra-in-residence at St David's Hall, Cardiff, and also performs regularly throughout Wales and beyond, including international tours and annual appearances at the Royal Albert Hall in London at the BBC Proms. Broadcasting work includes studio sessions for BBC Radio and television, although the orchestra’s concerts form the bulk of its broadcasts. The orchestra records many soundtracks for BBC television, including Doctor Who, Torchwood, Human Planet, and Earthflight.
The precursor ensemble of the BBC NOW was the Cardiff Station Orchestra, which was founded in 1928. Funding problems resulted in the disbandment of this orchestra in 1931. In 1935, the BBC Welsh Orchestra was established as a 20-member ensemble, but the orchestra was dissolved in 1939. After World War II, the BBC Welsh Orchestra was revived as a 31-member ensemble, with Mansel Thomas as its first principal conductor. In 1947, the BBC Welsh Chorus was founded as the affiliate chorus of the orchestra. The orchestra's ensemble size increased steadily, until it reached a full symphonic component of 88 players in 1987, when the orchestra's name was changed to the BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra. In 1993, the orchestra was renamed the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, to reflect more suitably its special role as both a national orchestra and a BBC Performing Group.
Tadaaki Otaka, principal conductor from 1987 to 1995, is currently the BBC NOW's conductor laureate. Richard Hickox, principal conductor from 2000 to 2006, was the orchestra's conductor emeritus until his death in November 2008. In July 2011, the BBC NOW announced the appointment of Thomas Søndergård as its 14th principal conductor.
Past principal guest conductors have included Jac van Steen. François-Xavier Roth was the past associate guest conductor of the BBC NOW. In December 2015, the BBC NOW announced the appointment of Xian Zhang as its next principal guest conductor. She is the first female conductor named to a titled post with any BBC orchestra. Wikipedia