BBC NOW marks Hoddinott Hall’s 10th anniversary12:35, 5th December 2018
In January 2019, BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales (BBC NOW) marks 10 years since the opening of Hoddinott Hall.
Housed in the Wales Millennium Centre, a hub for the arts in Wales, the hall is named after Welsh composer Alun Hoddinott. As well as being a performance venue and rehearsal space, it contains purpose-built recording studios which produce soundtracks for programmes such as Doctor Who and the BBC’s War and Peace.
Highlights of the anniversary celebrations include:
- A concert on 25 January featuring the world premiere of Kenneth Hesketh’s Piano Concerto
- A 360° video featuring Welsh composer Paul Mealor and actor & writer Tony Robinson celebrating Welsh contemporary music at BBC Hoddinott Hall
- Sir Andrew Davis conducting Berlioz’s L’enfance du Christ on 15 February
- A special International Women’s Day concert on 8 March featuring the world premiere of a piece by Augusta Holmès composed in 1876
- J S Bach’s Easter Oratorio and Brahms’s Requiem
Michael Garvey, director of BBC NOW, said: ‘Over ten years, BBC Hoddinott Hall has become a cornerstone of the Welsh cultural landscape and plays an integral role in recording, broadcasting and streaming classical music.
‘The orchestra and chorus enjoy rehearsing and performing here and this hall has served as a launch-pad for ground-breaking concert formats widening access to orchestral music. We will continue to exploit its facilities in innovative ways over the next decade and beyond.’