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
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