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Founded in 1952 as a radio orchestra for performances of light and popular classics, the BBC Concert Orchestra has become one of Britain's leading orchestras, performing in concert, opera, and broadcasts. It grew out of Stanford Robinson's BBC Opera Orchestra. Robinson remained as guest conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra when Gilbert Vinter was named permanent conductor in 1952. Vinter resigned the following year and Charles Mackerras was appointed to the position in March, 1954. In 1956, Vilem Tausky was named principal conductor, a position he held for ten years. Tausky's successors included Marcus Dods (1966 - 1970), Ashley Lawrence (1970 - 1989), Barry Wordsworth (1989-2006), and Keith Lockhart (from 2010). The orchestra has performed on the radio program "Friday Night Is Music Night" every week since 1953. For live performances, in 1972, the orchestra relocated from the Camden Theatre to its new home at the Hippodrome in North London. The orchestra also performs at the Royal Festival Hall in London and in regular tours throughout Britain, Europe, the United States, and the Far East. Its repertoire ranges from recording film music and accompanying pop singers to performing opera and symphonic works.
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BBC Concert Orchestra

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    Carpenter: Krazy Kat

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    Hadley: Salome & San Francisco

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    BBC Concert Orchestra Performs Music from the Silver Screen

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    The BBC Concert Orchestra Performs Love Stories

    12 songs

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    The BBC Concert Orchestra Performs Musicals

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    John Foulds, Vol. 4

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    Foulds: Undine, Chinese Suite & Miniature Suite

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    Battle of Britain - 50th Anniversary

    29 songs

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    British Light Music Premieres, Vol. 6

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    The Age of Silver Screen, Vol. 2

    15 songs

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    John Foulds - Keltic Suite

    22 songs

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    Her Song: Orchestral Songs and Arias

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    ANDERSON, L.: Orchestral Music, Vol. 3 - Sleigh Ride / The Typewriter / Plink, Plank, Plunk! / The Sy

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    Julius Harrison - Bredon Hill

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    John Williams Performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra

    8 songs

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    Loeffler: Divertissement Espagnol & La Villanelle Du Diable

    5 songs

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    Cyril Scott: Piano Concerto, Cello Concerto & Overture to Pelleas and Melisanda

    9 songs

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    F. d’Erlanger: Concertos & Orchestral Music

    7 songs

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    Charles-Marie Widor: Piano Concertos

    6 songs

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    Frederick Converse: American Sketches

    7 songs

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    Lionel Sainsbury & Haydn Wood: Violin Concertos

    42 songs

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    The Age Of Swing

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    Greatest Hits

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    Cecil Armstrong Gibbs: Odysseus & George Dyson Four Songs for Sailors

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