The BBC National Orchestra of Wales occupies a very special role as both a national and broadcasting orchestra, acclaimed not only for the quality of its performances but also for its importance within its own community. The orchestra has a formidable roster of conductors including Thierry Fischer (principal conductor), Jac van Steen (principal guest conductor), Richard Hickox (conductor emeritus), Tadaaki Otaka (conductor laureate) and Grant Llewellyn (associate guest conductor). In February 2006, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales appointed Guto Puw as its resident composer, who has been commissioned to write three new works for the orchestra. The appointment will complement its existing relationship with composer-in-association Michael Berkeley, and will consolidate the orchestra’s commitment to contemporary music.
The BBC National Orchestra of Wales is orchestra-in-residence at St. David’s Hall, Cardiff and it also presents a concert series at the Brangwyn Hall, Swansea. The orchestra tours throughout Wales and internationally, and its concerts are broadcast on BBC Radio 3, BBC Cymru Wales radio and television, and BBC 4. In addition, the orchestra’s work extends beyond the confines of the concert hall into schools, workplaces and communities. The BBC National Orchestra of Wales has also recorded a wide range of music on CD.