BBC National Orchestra of Wales


This world-class orchestra has a full symphonic component of 88 members, but it began from a modest ensemble called the Cardiff Station Orchestra, which was formed in 1928. This group played from the first day BBC Radio began broadcasting in Wales until 1931, when funding problems forced its disbandment. Among the orchestra's achievements was the first British airing of all of the symphonies by Sibelius. The BBC Welsh Orchestra stepped in to fill Read more the gap in 1935. This group of 20 players, under the leadership of the BBC Wales' director of music Idris Lewis, assisted and encouraged Welsh composers by scheduling performances of their work. This ensemble was kept together until the outbreak of war in 1939. In 1946, due to the recommendations of Sir Adrian Boult, who had been touring Wales with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Welsh Orchestra, a group of 31 members, was established by the BBC and the Arts Council to perform as a national orchestra and make broadcasts on the Welsh Home Service. The orchestra quickly gained an excellent reputation for itself with performances of light music works under the conductorship of Rae Jenkins. The number of members was expanded to 44 in the 1960 - 1961 season. Under the direction of Erwin Hoffman, the BBC Welsh Orchestra gave its first performance at the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in London in August, 1971, playing music by Haydn, Mozart, Stravinsky, and Brahms. In 1982, the orchestra, now consisting of 78 performers, finally received a permanent home when it moved into St. David's Hall in Cardiff. In 1987, the orchestra grew to its current size of 88 players.

The orchestra was given its current name in 1993, a title that reflects its national status. The associated chorus was also updated to become the BBC National Chorus of Wales. The current conductors of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, often referred to as the BBC NOW, are Richard Hickox, principal conductor; Joseph Swensen, principal guest conductor; and Grant Llewellyn, associate guest conductor. Michael Berkeley holds the position of composer in association. Although the orchestra has played light music and popular classical warhorses in the past, the BBC NOW encourages contemporary music by the performance and recording of the works of modern Welsh and British composers (for example, Sir Lennox Berkeley, Michael Berkeley, Edmund Rubbra, Edward Elgar, Frank Bridge, Gordon Jacob, Elgar Howarth, and others) and of music by composers of other countries (for example, Schnittke, Toru Takemitsu, Carlos Chávez, Augusta Read Thomas, Edison Denisov, Sofiya Gubaydulina, and Elena Firsova). Read less

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This world-class orchestra has a full symphonic component of 88 members, but it began from a modest ensemble called the Cardiff Station Orchestra, which was formed in 1928. This group played from the first day BBC Radio began broadcasting in Wales until 1931, when funding problems forced its disbandment. Among the orchestra's achievements was the first British airing of all of the symphonies by Sibelius. The BBC Welsh Orchestra stepped in to fill Read more
I. Allegretto
II. Tempo andante, ma rubato
III. Vivacissimo
IV. Finale. Allegro moderato
Epiphanie (d'apres une légende éthiopienne): Tempo di pastorale
Epiphanie (d'apres une légende éthiopienne): Cadence
Epiphanie (d'apres une légende éthiopienne): Dance de petits nègres
Act I Scene 1: Duet: Click, clack, click, clack (Simon, Joan)
Act I Scene 1: Chorus with Solos: Hobble, hobble, now we've caught her (Chorus, Joan, Simon)
Act I Scene 1: Semi-Chorus: Maidens and men of Mirlemont town (Chorus)
Act I Scene 1: Prayer: Dear Mary Mother, unto thee I bring (Laine)
Act I Scene 1: Quartet: Who stands within? (Simon, Joan, Devil, Laine)
Act I Scene 1: Recitative and Song: Since it dwelt in that rock whose hallowed crest (Devil)
Act I Scene 1: Appearance of Laine
Act I Scene 1: Change of Scene
Act I Scene 2: Full Chorus: The bells are ringing o'er Mirlemont town (Chorus)
Act I Scene 2: Full Chorus: Maidens and men of Mirlemont town (Chorus)
Act I Scene 2: Duet: My name is crazy Jacqueline (Jacqueline, Devil)
Act I Scene 2: The bells are ringing o'er Mirlemont town (Chorus)
Act I Scene 2: Scene: Know ye all, both great and small (Nicholas, Philip)
Act I Scene 2: Scene: I am Loyse from St. Denis (Loyse, Chorus, Saida, Philip, Nicholas)
Act I Scene 2: Scene: In the hills beyond Florennes (Isabeau, Chorus, Saida, Devil, Philip, Nicholas)
Act I Scene 2: Scene: I am Barbe of Bovigny (Barbe, Chorus)
Act I Scene 2: Finale: Go, bring forth old Simon's daughter! (Chorus)
Act I Scene 2: Finale: By Our Lady, she is fair! (Philip, Chorus, Nicholas, Saida)
Act I Scene 2: Finale: Oh, turn thine eyes away (Saida, Philip, Chorus)
Act I Scene 2: Finale: In vain ye plead, some magic spell enthralls him! (Saida, Guntran, Devil, Chorus, Joan, Simon, Philip)
Act I Scene 2: Finale: I can but tell I knelt and prayed (Laine, Philip, Chorus)
Act III Scene 1: Change of Scene
Act III Scene 2: Chorus and Dance: O'er Mirlemont city the banners are flying (Chorus)
Act III Scene 2: Exit of Guntran and Crowd
Act III Scene 2: Finale: Hail to the lord of our land! (Chorus, Guntran, Joan, Laine, Simon, Jacqueline, Philip, Devil)
I. Allegretto
II. Moderato
III. Cadenza
IV. Allegro con moto
No. 1. The Open Air
No. 2. The Story of My Heart
No. 1. Act I: Prelude: Allegretto moderato - Lento
No. 2. Act II: Intermezzo: Andantino
No. 3. Act III: Intermezzo: Allegretto [marziale]
No. 4. Act III: Prelude: Lento
No. 5. Entr'acte between Act II and Act III: Moderato
I. Seascape
II. Sea-foam
III. Moonlight
IV. Storm
I. Prelude
II. Intermezzo
III. Nocturne
IV. Finale
No.1. I praise the tender flower
No. 2. Thou didst delight my eyes
No. 1. Andante molto moderato e tranquillo
No. 2. Tempo di valse - Animato
I. Light ? Tentative, getting faster and bolder -
II. (Cadenza) ? Expansive, rapturous ? Gently (twice as fast) ? With movement, but plaintive -
III. Angry ? Desolate ? Gently moving -
IV. Slow ? A little held back ? Moving forward ? Poco piu mosso -
IV. Lively ? Entranced
I. Allegro ritmico -
II. Allegretto scherzando -
III. Andante sostenuto e semplice -
IV. Allegro vivace
I. Allegro malincolico - Un peu plus vite - Tempo I
II. Cantilena: Assez lent - Piu vivo -
III. Presto giocoso - Subito piu lento - Tempo I (Presto)
I. Allegro moderato - Cadenza - Andante - Un poco piu lento
II. Presto
III. Adagio
IV. Allegro vivace ? Meno vivo ? Tempo I ? (Cadenza) ? Presto
I. Title Music -
II. Walls that Surpass the Imagination -
III. The Great Lift -
IV. Top of the World and Final Bars
Theme -
The Amethyst March
I. Prelude
II. Love Scene
III. March
Opening Titles -
Setting the Path - Diagram Lights -
Thornton-le-Dale -
Smoking Engine ? Pan across York ? Committee Room ? Portraits ? Railway Museum
I. Allegro vivace
II. Allegro moderato e molto ritmico
III. Poco piu mosso
IV. Lento tranquillo
V. Largo
VI. Presto, quasi cadenza
VII. Allegro assai
VIII. Sostenuto
I. Introduction and Allegretto
II. Spring Flowers
III. Summer Sequence
IV. Finale
I. Main Titles and the Palace of Mopu
II. Irish Song
III. Sister Ruth and Mr Dean
IV. Hunting Song
V. Death of Sister Ruth
I. Prelude and Pastorale
II. Intermezzo and Dance (Africa)
III. Barcarolle and Sultan's Fanfare (Aden)
IV. Pastorale and Lullaby (India)
V. Finale Progress (Malaya to Fiji)
I. Titles
II. The Hunt of the Death Pack
III. The Prayer
IV. The Shropshire County Fair
V. Hunter's Spinney
VI. Undern Morning
VII. Finale
I. Lento ma non troppo - Movendosi un poco di piu - Piu sostenuto - Ardente - Piu largo. Maestoso e sostenuto - Tempo giusto alla fine -
II. Allegro molto ed impetuoso - Piu animato - Molto cantabile
III. Molto adagio e sostenuto - Piu sostenuto - Declamato - A tempo. Sempre sostenuto - Sostenuto - Tempo giusto
I. Introduction and allegro. Lento maestoso -
II. Pastoral. Adagio, delicato e lontano -
III. Final Variations. Allegro molto e brillante
Act I Scene 1: Introduction
Act I Scene 1: Each day this realm of England faints and fails (Cedric, Men)
Act I Scene 1: Good Thane, most noble Thane, I pray ... (Isaac, Men, Cedric, Squire)
Act I Scene 1: Welcome, Sir Knights! (Cedric, de Bracy, Brian, Isaac, Women, Men, Rowena)
Act I Scene 1: Drink, drink ye all ... (Cedric, Men, de Bracy, Brian, Rowena, Ivanoe, All)
Act I Scene 1: The Palmer! The holy Palmer! (Men, , Cedric, Brian, Rowena, de Bracy)
Act I Scene 1: Is she not fair? And she is rich withal (de Bracy, Brian, Men)
Act I Scene 2: O moon, art thou clad in silver mail ... (Rowena)
Act I Scene 2: Good Palmer, thou didst speak of one I knew ... (Rowena, )
Act I Scene 2: Like mountain lark my sprit upward springs (, Isaac)
Act I Scene 3: Will there be no more fighting? (Sopranos, Chorus, Friar, King, All)
Act I Scene 3: Chorus: Plantagenesta! (All)
Act I Scene 3: Isaac, my Jew, my purse of Gold (Prince John, Cedric, de Bracy, Rebecca)
Act I Scene 3: Tis from our Royal brother, Louis of France (Prince John, Heralds, Crowd)
Act I Scene 3: What means his motto? (Sopranos, Crowd, Friar, Locksley, Prince John, Rowena, Cedric, All)
I. Andante -
II. Largo
III. Allegro
I. Allegro moderato
II. Presto
III. Adagio -
IV. Allegro vivace
I. eighth note = 63
II. -
III. -
IV. -
I. Animato, ma pesante
II. Adagio, molto sostenuto ed espressivo -
III. Con brio
Part I: Overture
Part I: Herr! Der Du bist der Gott, der Himmel und (Chorus)
Part I: Chorale: Allein Gott in der Hoh' sei Ehr (Chorus)
Part I: Recitative: Die Menge der Glaubigen war ein Herz (Soprano, Bass 1, Bass 2)
Part I: Dieser Mensch hort nicht auf zu reden (Chorus)
Part I: Recitative: Und sie sahen auf ihn Alle (Soprano, Stephen, Chorus)
Part I: Aria: Jerusalem! Jerusalem, die du totest die Propheten (Soprano)
Part I: Recitative: Sie aber sturmten auf ihn ein (Tenor, Chorus)
Part I: Recitative: Und sie steinigten ihn (Tenor) - Chorale: Dir, Herr, dir will ich mich ergeben (Chorus)
Part I: Recitative: Und die Zeugen legten ab ihre Kleider zu den (Soprano)
Part I: Siehe! Wir preisen selig die erdulet haben (Chorus)
Part I: Recitative: Saulus aber zerstorte die Gemeinde (Tenor) - Aria: Vertilge sie, Herr Zebaoth (Bass)
Part I: Recitative: Und zog mit einer Schaar gen Damaskus (Alto) - Arioso: Doch der Herr vergisst der Seinen nicht (Alto)
Part I: Recitative: Und als er auf dem Wege war und nahe zu (Tenor, Bass, Chorus)
Part I: Mache dich auf! Werde Licht! (Chorus)
Part I: Chorale: Wachet auf! ruft uns die Stimme (Chorus)
Part I: Recitative: Die Manner aber, die seine Gefahrten waren (Tenor)
Part I: Aria: Gott sei mir gnadig nach Deiner Gute (Bass)
Part I: Recitative: Es war aber ein Junger zu Damaskus mit Namen (Tenor, Soprano)
Part I: Aria: Ich danke Dir, Herr, mein Gott (Bass, Chorus)
Part I: Recitative: Und Ananias ging hin das Haus (Soprano, Tenor)
Part I: O welch' eine Tiefe des Reichtums (Chorus)
Part II: Der Erdkreis ist nun des Herrn und seines Christ (Chorus)
Part II: Recitative: Und Paulus kam zu der Gemeinde (Soprano)
Part II: Duet: So sind wir nun Botschafter and Christi Start (Tenor, Bass)
Part II: Wie lieblich sind die Boten (Chorus)
Part II: Recitative: Und wie sie ausgesandt von dem Heil'gen Geist (Soprano) - Arioso: Lasst uns singen von der Gnade der Herrn (Soprano)
Part II: Recitative: Da aber die Juden das Volk sah'n (Tenor, Chorus)
Part II: Chorale: Ist das nicht, der zu Jerusalem verstorte Alle (Chorus) - Quartet: O Jesu Christe, wahres Licht (Chorus)
Part II: Recitative: Paulus aber und Barnabas sprachen (Tenor, Bass)
Part II: Duet: Denn also hat uns der Herr geboten (Bass, Tenor)
Part II: Recitative: Und es war ein Mann zu Lystra (Soprano)
Part II: Die Gotter sind den Menschen gleich geworden (Chorus)
Part II: Recitative: Und nannten Barnabas Jupiter, und Paulus (Soprano)
Part II: Seid uns gnadig Gotter! (Chorus)
Part II: Recitative: Da das die Apostel horten (Tenor) - Aria: Ihr Manner, was macht ihr da? (Bass) - Aber unser Gott ist im Himmel (Chorus)
Part II: Recitative: Da ward das Volk erreget (Soprano)
Part II: Hier ist des Herren Tempel! (Chorus)
Part II: Recitative: Und sie alle verfolgten Paulus auf seinem (Soprano)
Part II: Cavatina: Sei getreu bis in den Tod (Tenor)
Part II: Recitative: Paulus sandte hin, und liess frodern die Altesten (Soprano, Bass)
Part II: Quartet: Schone doch deiner selbst! (Chorus) - Recitative: Was machet ihr (Bass, Tenor)
Part II: Sehet, welch' eine Liebe hat uns der Vater (Chorus)
Part II: Recitative: Und wenn er gleich geopfert wird uber dem (Soprano)
Part II: Nicht aber ihm allein, sondern Allen (Chorus)
I. Andante
II. Dance of Spirits of Earth: Moderato - Andante
III. Dance of Spirits of Water: Allegro
IV. Dance of Spirits of Fire: Allegro moderato - Andante
I. Sound of drum and trumpets play
II. The Mummers' Play
III. The Human Organ
IV. Jack creeps up, unseen by court
V. Dance of the Three Girls
VI. The Goose Dance
VII. Jack and Princess embrace
I. I am that which men did make
II. Dance of Headman and Hobby-horse
III. Dance of Youths
IV. Dance of Maidens
V. Mating Dance
VI. Dance of the Youngest Couple
I. Allegro - Poco meno mosso - Poco piu mosso - Tempo I - Poco animato - Grandioso (Tempo I) - Meno Mosso - Poco piu mosso - Tempo I - Poco meno mosso
II. Allegro molto -
III. Adagio - Molto espressivo e sostenuto
IV. Lento - Allegro - Grandioso (Poco Largamente)
I. Con energia - Calmo - Energico
II. Thernody for a Sad Trumpet: In Memoriam J.A., quarter note = 80
III. Con fuoco (with drive) - Calmo - Fuocoso - Maestoso
I. Molto moderato - Allegro - Lento
II. Theme and Variations: Theme: Moderato -
II. Theme and Variations: Variation 1: Allegro ma non troppo -
II. Theme and Variations: Variation 2: L'istesso tempo -
II. Theme and Variations: Variation 3: Allegro -
II. Theme and Variations: Variation 4: Adagio -
II. Theme and Variations: Variation 5: Vivace -
II. Theme and Variations: Variation 6: Andante - Poco meno mosso -
II. Theme and Variations: Variation 7: Tempo di valse - Un poco meno vivo -
II. Theme and Variations: Variation 8 (Orchestra tacet): Allegro -
II. Theme and Variations: Variation 9 (Pianos tacet): Lento -
II. Theme and Variations: Variation 10 (Orchestra tacet): Andante con moto -
II. Theme and Variations: Variation 11: L'istesso tempo
I. Moderato
II. Allegro
III. Allegretto - Largo - Piu mosso
IV. Andante - Allegro - L´istesso tempo
I. Moderato
II. Allegretto
III. Largo
IV. Allegro non troppo
I. Largo
II. Allegro
III. Presto
I. At Flores in the Azores: Allegro giusto e pesante - II. Then spake Sir Richard Grenville - III. So Lord Howard pass'd away: Un poco piu lento -
IV. He had only a hundred seamen: Andante sostenuto - Shall we fight or shall we fly?...: Poco piu mosso - And Sir Richard said again: Tempo I (Allegro giusto) -
V. Sir Richard spoke and he laugh'd: Allegretto con moto - VI. Thousands of their soldiers look'd down - VII. And while now the great San Philip: Adagio molto - And the battle-thunder broke: Allegro con fuoco - VIII. But anon the great Sn Philip - IX. An
XI. And the night went down: Allegro tranquillo ma con moto - And we had not fought them in vain: Piu mosso - But Sir Richard cried in his English pride: Allegro giusto - XII. And the gunner said, "Ay, ay": Andante sostenuto - And the lion there lay dying:
XIII. And the stately Spanish men: Allegretto maestoso - But he rose upon their decks: Allegro giusto - I have fought for Queen and Faith...: Molto maestoso - ...With a joyful spirit I Sir Richard Grenville die!: Piu lento - XIV And they stared at the dead ?
But they sank his body with honour down: Allegretto maestoso - When a wind from the lands: Allegro moderato - Till it smote on their hulls: Piu allegro e con fuoco - And the little Revenge herself went down: Molto moderato e tranquillo
Medium fast -
The Lake begins to sing: Slow -
Fast -
The Lake Song is echoed from the sky: Slow
Fast - Medium slow -
The Lake is in full song: Slow -
Medium slow - Medium fast -
Medium slow -
The Lake Song leaves the sky: Slow -
Fast -
The Lake sings itself to sleep: Medium slow -
Calm - Medium fast
Prelude: Lento - Andante -
Transformation: L'istesso tempo -
Preparation for the first dance: Allegretto con moto vigoroso -
First Dance, "The earth in autumn (The hound chases the hare)": Allegro molto -
Transformation: (L'istesso tempo) - Andante -
Preparation for the second dance: Allegretto con moto vigoroso -
Second Dance, "The waters in winter (The otter chases the fish)": Adagio tranquillo -
Transformation: Allegro molto -
Preparation for the third dance: Allegro flebile -
Third Dance, "The air in spring (The hawk chases the bird)": Allegro grazioso vivace
Preparation for the fourth dance: Doppio meno mosso -
Fourth Dance, "Fire in summer (The voluntary human sacrifice)": Piu mosso: Allegro moderato ? Presto ? Doppio meno mosso ? Lento - Calando
I. Allegro vivace e nobilmente - Impetuoso - Tempo I - Piu lento - Tranquillo - Animato - Tempo I - Impetuoso - Tempo I
II. Larghetto - Nobilmente e semplice - Lento
III. Rondo: Presto
IV. Moderato e maestoso - Grandioso - Nobilmente - Poco animato - Poco a poco piu tranquillo - Tempo I
It seemed like just another day ... (Bouncer)
Song: Rataplan: Yes, yes, in those merry days (Bouncer)
Now for some reason or other (Bouncer)
Duet: Stay, Bouncer, Stay! (Cox, Bouncer)
At last he left! (Bouncer)
Song: A Lullaby: Hush'd is the bacon on the grid (Box)
Song and Dance: My Master Is Punctual (Cox)
Disaster! (Bouncer)
Trio: Who Are You, Sir? (Cox, Box, All)
Not even Rataplan could settle this... (Bouncer)
Duet Serenade: The Buttercup (Cox, Box)
Music, it seemed, wasn't their only mutual interest (Bouncer)
Romance: Not Long Ago (Box, Cox)
An ingenious scheme (Bouncer)
Finale: My Hand Upon It (Box, Bouncer)
Solo and Chorus: Hark, the hour of ten is sounding (Usher, Chorus)
Is this the Court of the Exchequer? (Defendant, All, Chorus of Jurymen)
Song and Chorus: When first my old, old love I knew (Defendant, Chorus of Jurymen, Usher)
Chorus and Solo: All hail, great Judge! (Judge, All, Chorus)
Song: When I, good friends ... (Judge, All, Chorus)
Swear thou the jury (Counsel, Usher, Jury)
Chorus of Bridesmaids: Where's the Plaintiff? (Counsel, Usher, Chorus of Bridemaids, Plaintiff)
Oh never, never, never ... (Judge, Jury, Foreman, Plaintiff, Bridesmaids, Usher)
Counsel of Plaintiff: May it please you, m'lud! (All, Counsel, Jury, Plaintiff)
That she is reeling is plain to see! (Judge, Foreman, Plaintiff, All, Counsel)
Song: Oh gentlemen listen I pray (Defendant, Bridesmaids)
That seems a reasonable proposition (Judge, Counsel, Bridesmaids, Jury)
Sestet and Chorus: A nice dilemna we have here (Judge, Counsel, Defendant, Plaintiff, All, Usher)
Duet and Chorus: I love him - I love him (Plaintiff, Defendant, Jury, Judge, Counsel, All)
Finale: Oh joy unbounded (Plaintiff, Counsel, Defendant, Usher, All, Judge)

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