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BBC Concert Orchestra


  • The BBC Concert Orchestra (BBC CO) is one of the UK’s most versatile ensembles and is an Associate Orchestra at Southbank Centre. Since 1952 it has been the house orchestra for BBC Radio 2’s Friday Night Is Music Night. It gives frequent broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 and is heard on such BBC soundtracks as Africa and The Paradise.

  • BBC 音乐会管弦乐团(BBCCO)是英国最多样化的乐团之一,并且担任伦敦南岸艺术中心的驻厅乐团。从1952年开始,该乐团就担任BBC2台的《周五音乐之夜》节目的常驻乐团。乐团还经常在BBC 3台演奏,经常在《非洲》和《天堂》等节目中演奏。

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  • Bramwell Tovey is the BBC CO’s Principal Conductor (from January 2018), Barry Wordsworth is the orchestra’s Conductor Laureate, Keith Lockhart is Chief Guest Conductor and Dobrinka Tabakova is the orchestra's current Composer in Residence. The position of Associate Composer was previously held by arranger and jazz trumpeter Guy Barker, Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood and the Art of Noise’s Anne Dudley.

    Appearances at the BBC Proms included the first ever BBC Sport Prom, a late-night concert with Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe of the Pet Shop Boys, a commemoration of the First World War centenary in the War Horse Prom, and a celebration of American music with Keith Lockhart and Time for Three. On the Last Night the orchestra performed in Hyde Park at Proms in the Park and the following day with Jeff Lynne’s ELO.

    The orchestra plays a central role in key BBC Music initiatives, including the ‘Ten Pieces’ project which introduces children aged 7 - 11 to classical music, the inaugural BBC Music Awards on national television and as the ‘impossible orchestra’ alongside 27 star performers in the film and CD release of ‘God Only Knows’.

  • 凯斯·洛克哈特是BBC CO的首席指挥家,巴里·华兹华斯则担任乐团的荣誉指挥,配器大师、爵士小号演奏家盖伊·巴克尔担任乐团的驻团作曲家,此前该职位分别由著名的摇滚乐团电台司令的吉他手约翰·格林伍德,以及Art of Noise的音乐家安妮·达得利担任。

    2014年BBC逍遥音乐节上,乐团演奏了BBC 第一场运动风格的音乐会,与来自宠物店男孩组合的尼尔·田纳特和克里斯·洛伊合作了一场深夜音乐会,在战马音乐会上进行了纪念一战的活动,以及与凯斯·洛克哈特、Time for Three合作的纪念美国作品的一场音乐会。当年逍遥音乐节的最后一天,乐队在海德公园进行了演出,第二天还与杰夫·林恩合作演出了一场音乐会。


    乐团在BBC的音乐活动中担任重要角色,其中包括了参与BBC 的“十大名曲”系列的录制——这个活动旨在向7-11岁的孩子们介绍古典音乐,BBC音乐大奖的揭幕演奏乐团,以及God Only Knows系列CD和电影中评选的28位 “不可思议的乐团”称号。

Past tour
China with Beibei Wang | The Tears of Nature
Asia, October - November 2018
The BBC Concert Orchestra make a return visit to China in October 2018, following on from their successful debut tour to China in 2013. The orchestra are joined by percussionist Beibei Wang and conductor Barry Wordsworth for a six-stop tour featuring works by British and Chinese composers.

Wang will perform Tan Dun's percussion concerto, The Tears of Nature, which Dun describes as representing the different colours of nature: 'the colour of nature's thunder, the colour of nature's passion and the colour of nature's energy'. The theme of nature runs throughout a programme also including movements from Eric Coates 'Springtime Suite' and Delius' On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring. 



Arnold, English Dances (Set 1)

Vaughan Williams, Greensleeves

Iain Farrington, Seasongs Serenade

Delius, On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring

Coates, Springtime Suite mvts.2 and 3

Elgar, Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1

Tan Dun, Percussion Concerto – ‘The Tears of Nature’

Zhang Meng, Pleasant Sunrise

Trad., My Motherland


31 October 2018
Shenyang Shengjing Poly Grand Theatre, Shenyang, China

2 November 2018
Qingdao Grand Theatre, Qingdao, China

4 November 2018
Shanxi Grand Theatre, Taiyuan, China

6 November 2018
Hefei Poly Grand Theatre, Hefei, China

7 November 2018
Shanghai Poly Grand Theatre, Shanghai, China 

9 November 2018
Nanjing Poly Grand Theatre, Nanjing, China 

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Past tour
A Couple of Swells… Sinatra & Garland’s Musical Movie Magic
Europe, July 2018
The BBC Concert Orchestra travel to Germany and Austria to perform at the Rheingau and Grafenegg Festivals in July 2018.

The orchestra and conductor Richard Balcombe are joined by Graham Bickley and Louise Dearman to perform a programme of hits from some of the most well-loved musicals and movies. 


26 July 2018
Kurhaus, Weisbaden, Germany

28 July 2018
Wolkenturm, Grafenegg, Austria 

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Past tour
Debut in China
Asia, July 2013
Intermusica brought the BBC Concert Orchestra and soprano Valentina Naforniţa to China in July 2013 for the orchestra's debut performances in the country.

Visiting five cities, the orchestra performed in Shanghai before travelling on to Shenzhen for a matinee and evening concert, Guangzhou, Beijing and Tianjin. There were seven performances in total and two varied programmes throughout the tour.

Alongside Cardiff Singer of the World winner 2011 Valentina Naforniţa, joining the orchestra to perform was Conductor Laureate Barry Wordsworth along with British cellist Julian Lloyd Webber. The orchestra presented two mixed programmes celebrating British music and showcasing its diverse repertoire.

The first programme included Elgar’s Cello Concerto and in Britten’s anniversary year the orchestra performed his Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. The second programme had a Last Night of the Proms theme and included popular gala works including Sibelius Finlandia and operatic excerpts from Rigoletto, Romeo and Juliet and Rusalka.


18 July 2013
Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, Shanghai

20 July 2013
Shenzhen Concert Hall, Shenzhen

21 July 2013
Xinghai Concert Hall, Guangzhou 

23 July 2013
National Centre for Performing Arts, Beijing

24 July 2013
National Centre for Performing Arts, Beijing

25 July 2013
Tianjin Grand Theatre, Tianjin

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Peter Ansell
Director / Head of International Touring
+44 20 7608 9930