BBC CONCERT ORCHESTRA

Principal Conductor: Barry Wordsworth
Acting Leader: Cynthia Fleming
General Manager: Ian Maclay

The Hippodrome, North End Road, Golders Green, London, NW11 7RP

Telephone: 020-7765 4010
Fax: 020-7765 4929

Email: concert.orch@bbc.co.uk
Web: http://www.bbc.co.uk/orchestras

The BBC Concert Orchestra was formed in 1952. It has a wide and flexible repertoire, ranging from classical works and grand opera to light music and popular songs.

Its Principal Conductors over the years have been Gilbert Vinter, Sir Charles Mackerras, Vilem Tausky, Marcus Dods, Ashley Lawrence and, since 1989, Barry Wordsworth. The Orchestra’s permanent home is the Hippodrome in Golders Green, North London, which serves as a base for the majority of its music-making.

BBC Radio 2 has close links with the Orchestra which is featured on the weekly programme Friday Night is Music Night. The Orchestra also makes frequent broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 and on BBC Television.

The Orchestra performs annually at the Proms (including Proms in the Park), makes regular visits to the Royal Festival, Royal Albert and Barbican Halls in London and appears throughout the UK. It also tours abroad and has performed in Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hong Kong, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Turkey and the United States.

The BBC Concert Orchestra has made many recordings. Among its recent releases are Crazy for Gershwin, The Movies and The Musicals, Love & Romance, Opera Gala Live, Classical Masterpieces, Great Choral and Concert Classics, Let's Face the Music: A Tribute to Fred Astaire, The Best of Gilbert and Sullivan, Disney Movie Favourites and The Hits from Broadway.

The BBC Concert Orchestra has its own series of 'popular classics' concerts at the Royal Festival Hall in London and at Fairfield in Croydon for which there are special discounts for groups, schools and colleges. There is also a '4 for the price of 3' subscription scheme. For full details contact the BBC Concert Orchestra’s Marketing Department (see below.).

To be put on the Orchestra’s FREE mailing list, for information about forthcoming concerts and recordings, please write to: Marketing Department, BBC Concert Orchestra, Freepost LON8055, London NW11 OYR (no stamp necessary) - or telephone 0171-765 4597/4956/0646 (24 hrs.).


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