Association of British Orchestras

BBC Concert Orchestra

Contact details

250 Wogan House 99 Great Portland Street
Bramwell Tovey Principal Conductor
Keith Lockhart Chief Guest Conductor
Barry Wordsworth Conductor Laureate
Dobrinka Tabakova Composer in Residence

The mission of the BBC Concert Orchestra is to bring inspiring musical experiences to everyone, everywhere, with the ensemble’s great versatility as the key. The orchestra can be heard regularly on BBC Radio 2’s Friday Night Is Music Night, and for BBC Radio 3 it profiles classical masterpieces in an entertaining way. For BBC TV, the orchestra performed at The Queen’s Birthday Party and Bruce Forsyth – A Celebration for BBC One and The Olivier Awards for ITV. Included in the orchestra’s many soundtrack credits are the BBC’s award-winning series Planet Earth, Blue Planet and Frozen Planet.

The BBC Concert Orchestra performs each year at the BBC Proms in the Royal Albert Hall, and plays a central role in the Last Night celebrations alongside a host of musical stars at Proms in the Park in Hyde Park. As an Associate Orchestra at the Southbank Centre the BBC CO gives a number of performances there each year, offering audiences a huge range of choice including classical music, exciting collaborations, jazz, celebrations of musical theatre and live accompaniment of cinema classics.

Along with its regular engagements throughout the UK, the BBC Concert Orchestra has toured internationally to China, Japan, Sweden, Abu Dhabi and coast to coast in the USA.

The BBC Concert Orchestra has an exciting programme of learning work, engaging people of all ages with a wide range of music and projects, including the BBC’s Ten Pieces.

Annual Conference

The next conference will be held in London from 20-22 January 2021,
hosted by London Mozart Players and Fairfield Halls.