Association of British Orchestras

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Contact details

BBC Hoddinott Hall Cardiff Bay Cardiff
CF10 5AL
Leader: Lesley Hatfield For over 90 years, the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales has played an integral part in the cultural landscape of Wales, occupying a distinctive role as both a broadcast and national symphony orchestra. Led by Principal Conductor, Ryan Bancroft and part of BBC Wales, BBC NOW is supported by the Arts Council of Wales. The orchestra performs a busy schedule of live concerts throughout Wales, the UK, and the world. The orchestra is an ambassador of Welsh music, and champions contemporary composers and musicians. The orchestra performs annually at the BBC Proms and biennially at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition, and its concerts can be heard regularly across the BBC: on Radio 3, Radio Wales and Radio Cymru. BBC NOW works closely with schools and music organisations throughout Wales and regularly undertakes workshops, side by side performances and young composer initiatives to inspire and encourage the next generation of performers, composers, and arts leaders. During the recent lockdowns, BBC NOW has continued to record and film behind closed doors at BBC Hoddinott Hall and has produced videos, soundtracks and weekly digital concerts that have been seen by 14 million people globally including an extremely popular video of the Doctor Who soundtrack! Future plans for the orchestra include live streamed concerts and events, tours to different communities throughout Wales and education and community development schemes to include everyone in music making.

Annual Conference

The next ABO conference will take place in Glasgow from 9 – 11 February 2022.