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The BBC Philharmonic is acknowledged as one of the UK?s finest orchestras. It is part of the BBC's family of six performing groups and tours widely in the UK and internationally. Most concerts are broadcast live or recorded for BBC Radio 3.
The orchestra is based at MediaCityUK in Salford Quays, its main concert series continues at The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. The BBC Philharmonic has also made over 250 recordings with Chandos Records.

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


BBC Philharmonic
BBC Bridge House,
M50 2BH
General Manager - Richard Wigley
Projects Manager - Martin Maris


The BBC Philharmonic was founded in 1934 as the BBC Northern Orchestra, and changed its name to the BBC Philharmonic in 1982.
It moved from Manchester to nearby MediaCityUK in Salford Quays last year, joining other programme departments at the BBC's new Northern base. Its main concert series continues at The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester.

Juanjo Mena took up the post of Chief Conductor in September 2011, succeeding Gianandrea Noseda. In his inaugural season he conducted music by Mahler, Bach, Bruckner, Debussy, Takemitsu and Dvov�k. His recordings of Pierne and Falla have been very well received and singled out for numerous Disc of the Week and Editor's Choice accolades.

John Storg�rds is the orchestra's new Principal Guest Conductor, and opened his first season with the BBC Philharmonic by starting an exploration of Sibelius with the orchestra in March 2012. The distinguished Austrian composer HK 'Nali' Gruber is Composer/Conductor and will lead the orchestra in a highly prestigious residency at the Vienna Konzerthaus next March. Former Chief Conductor Gianandrea Noseda is now Conductor Laureate, spending up to four weeks each season with the orchestra.

Since 2011 the two BBC Philharmonic Presents? festivals have seen the orchestra featured on all the BBC's major radio networks and BBC Red Button. The orchestra has collaborated with artists such as Mercury Prize winners The xx, dubstep pioneers Nero and Richard Hawley.

Since 2007 the orchestra has performed in Japan, Korea, China, Italy, Spain, Austria, Turkey, Hungary, Croatia and Germany. In 2013 it returns to Japan after being forced to return early from its 2011 tour due to the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the country.

The BBC Philharmonic has made over 200 recordings with Chandos Records. Recent highly acclaimed CDs have explored repertoire by de Falla, Elgar, Bart�k, Rachmaninoff, Respighi, Prokofiev, Kartoowicz, Dallapiccola, Dvor�k, Liszt, Mahler and Shostakovich. A recent disc of York Bowen Symphonies conducted by Sir Andrew Davis was nominated for a Grammy Award.

The BBC Philharmonic is supported by Salford City Council, enabling the orchestra to interact with Salford communities through creative learning and performance projects in local venues, schools, colleges and universities.
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