Principal Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
Principal Guest Conductor: Vassily Sinaisky
Conductor Emeritus: Sir Edward Downes
Composer/Conductor: James MacMillan
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The BBC Philharmonic has been established on the international
stage for over 65 years. The Orchestra is based in Manchester
where it performs regularly in the magnificent Bridgewater
Hall as well as making many programmes for Radio 3 in the
BBC's Studio 7 Concert Hall. Under its Principal Conductor,
the charismatic Frenchman, Yan Pascal Tortelier, it has
built a formidable reputation for outstanding quality and
committed performances over an immensely wide ranging repertoire.
Vassily Sinaisky is the Orchestra's Principal Guest Conductor,
and Sir Edward Downes (who was Principal Conductor from
1980-1991) is Conductor Emeritus.
The Orchestra's policy of introducing new and adventurous
repertoire to its programmes has meant that a large number
of composers have worked with the Orchestra as conductors,
among them Berio, Copland, Penderecki, Tippett and Walton.
James MacMillan is the current Composer/Conductor.
The BBC Philharmonic regularly travels abroad and has
enhanced its international reputation with visits to the
Far East and both North and South America. During the
past twelve months it has performed in Holland, France,
the Czech Republic (at the Prague Spring Festival), Greece,
Germany and Switzerland.
Over recent years, the Orchestra has become one of the
world's most recorded orchestras and under its exclusive
contract with Chandos continues to make ten CDs each year.
Recent releases include a Film Music series of music by
Auric, Rawsthorne and Richard Rodney Bennett as well as
a CD of music by Glinka and Lyadov conducted by Vassily
Sinaisky and a historical recording entitled Hommage à
Paul Tortelier including Paul Tortelier's Double Concerto
conducted by Yan Pascal and performed by the BBC Philharmonic,
Maud Martin Tortelier and Arto Noras.
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