BBC announces Philharmonic festival at MediaCity

Today at Media City, Mark Thompson announced the line-up for its new BBC Philharmonic Presents… festival which will take place from 1-17 June 2011 in the orchestra’s new home at MediaCityUK studios.

The two-and-a-half-week radio festival will celebrate orchestral music in its many different guises, by teaming the BBC Philharmonic with high-profile artists from diverse musical worlds ranging from dubstep to ecclesiastical.
Highlights include a “Dubstep Symphony” which has been specially commissioned by the BBC Philharmonic and BBC Radio 1 from dubstep and drum & bass pioneers Nero. They will perform live on Radio 1 and BBC Radio 1Xtra as part of special dubstep simulcast which will be co-hosted by Zane Lowe and MistaJam.

Peter Salmon, Director BBC North, said: “The BBC Philharmonic Presents… festival underlines the core values of BBC North – ambition, creativity, and collaboration. The orchestra will be working with a range of talented artists to create a series of unique and free performances for thousands of people. I am excited that the festival marks a bold new start as we make MediaCityUK our home.”

Extracts of classic film scores will also be performed live as part of Kermode And Mayo’s Film Review on BBC Radio 5 Live.

BBC Radio 3, the home station of the BBC Philharmonic, will feature three live performances including a special gala show on Friday 17 June.

The BBC Philharmonic will also be holding a number of community events, inviting 750 schoolchildren from across the North West of England to experience the orchestra live.

Richard Wigley, General Manager of the orchestra, says: “The BBC Philharmonic is used to performing with the brightest stars of the classical music world, and this festival will see us joining forces with phenomenal talent from other musical genres.”

Throughout the festival 3,700 people will be able to attend performances in the new studio, with a third of public tickets being allocated for audiences from Salford as part of the BBC Philharmonic’s close links with Salford City Council.

Tickets will be available shortly via www.bbc.co.uk/orchestras/philharmonic

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