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The BBC
BBC
Concert Orchestra is a British orchestra based in London, one of the British Broadcasting Corporation's five radio orchestras. With around fifty players, it is the only one of the five BBC
BBC
orchestras which is not a full-scale symphony orchestra. The BBC
BBC
Concert Orchestra is the BBC's most populist ensemble, playing a mixture of classical music, light music and popular numbers. Its primary role is to produce music for radio broadcast, and it is the resident orchestra of the world's longest running live music programme, Friday Night is Music Night on BBC
BBC
Radio 2.

Contents

1 History 2 Principal conductors 3 References 4 External links

History[edit] The parent ensemble of the orchestra was the BBC
BBC
Theatre Orchestra, which was formed in 1931 and based in Bedford. The orchestra also did opera work and was occasionally billed as the BBC
BBC
Opera
Opera
Orchestra. In August 1949, the ensemble was formally renamed the BBC
BBC
Opera orchestra. In January 1952, the BBC
BBC
Opera
Opera
Orchestra was disbanded and the BBC
BBC
Concert Orchestra was formed from players formerly from the BBC
BBC
Opera
Opera
Orchestra. Until 1972, the orchestra was based at the Camden Theatre. From 1972 to 2004, the orchestra performed regularly at the Golders Green Hippodrome. It also appears regularly at the Royal Festival Hall
Royal Festival Hall
and The Proms
The Proms
in London, as well as venues around the United Kingdom. As well as its performances on BBC
BBC
Radio 2, it also performs on BBC
BBC
Radio 3 and the BBC
BBC
Proms and was a core part of the BBC's Electric Proms, now discontinued. As well as light classical music, it also plays pop music, jazz, opera, operetta and much of the popular repertoire previously the mainstay of the disbanded BBC
BBC
Radio Orchestra. It links, from time to time, with the BBC
BBC
Big Band for concerts and broadcasts. Gilbert Vinter served as its first principal conductor. Barry Wordsworth, principal conductor from 1989 to 2006, now holds the title of Conductor Laureate. In August 2010, the orchestra announced the simultaneous appointments of Keith Lockhart
Keith Lockhart
as its seventh principal conductor, with immediate effect, and of Johannes Wildner as principal guest conductor.[1][2] Lockhart concluded his principal conductorship of the orchestra at the end of 2017, and now has the title of chief guest conductor, effective January 2018. In November 2017, the orchestra announced the appointment of Bramwell Tovey
Bramwell Tovey
as its next principal conductor, effective January 2018, with an initial contract of 5 years.[3] Composers who have been affiliated with the orchestra have included Anne Dudley
Anne Dudley
and Jonny Greenwood, who was named the orchestra's composer-in-association in 2004.[4] In January 2013, the orchestra announced the appointment of Guy Barker
Guy Barker
as its new Associate Composer, replacing Greenwood, with an initial contract of two years.[5] In 2017, Dobrinka Tabakova
Dobrinka Tabakova
was appointed Composer-in-Residence, marking a shift from the emphasis on lighter, popular music.[6] The orchestra has recorded commercially for the NMC Recordings label.[7] The orchestra has recorded jingles for both BBC
BBC
Radio 2 and BBC
BBC
Radio 1 including for Ken Bruce's Popmaster quiz and The Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw. Additionally it worked with composer David Lowe in 2013 to record the latest version of the BBC News theme music and countdown sequence. Principal conductors[edit]

Gilbert Vinter (1952–1953) Charles Mackerras
Charles Mackerras
(1954–1956) Vilem Tausky (1956–1966) Marcus Dods (1966–1970) Ashley Lawrence (1970–1989) Barry Wordsworth (1989–2006) Keith Lockhart
Keith Lockhart
(2010–2017) Bramwell Tovey
Bramwell Tovey
(2018–present)

References[edit]

^ "Conductor Keith Lockhart
Keith Lockhart
joins BBC
BBC
Concert Orchestra". BBC. 2010-08-04. Retrieved 2010-08-05.  ^ " BBC
BBC
Concert Orchestra appoints Keith Lockhart". Gramophone. 2010-08-03. Retrieved 2010-08-05.  ^ Martin Cullingford (2017-11-21). " BBC
BBC
Concert Orchestra names new Principal Conductor". Gramophone. Retrieved 2017-11-23.  ^ Tom Service (2005-03-22). "'I'm going to drive everyone slightly crazy'". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-10-10.  ^ " Guy Barker
Guy Barker
joins the BBC
BBC
Concert Orchestra as Associate Composer" (Press release). BBC. 28 January 2013. Retrieved 14 February 2013.  ^ " BBC
BBC
Concert Orchestra announces Dobrinka Tabakova
Dobrinka Tabakova
as new Composer In Residence". BBC. 2017-01-27. Retrieved 2017-01-29.  ^ Andrew Clements (2008-06-20). "Cutler: Bartlebooth; Archie; Sal's Sax; Music for Cello and Strings; etc, Leonard/ Orkest de Ereprijs/ Fidelio Trio/ Dullea/ BBC
BBC
Concert Orchestra/ Hazlewood". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-10-10. 

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Specialised

Academy of Ancient Music The English Concert London Sinfonietta Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique

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