Based in Salford, Greater Manchester and having earned worldwide recognition as one of the most adventurous, innovative, and versatile orchestras in Europe, the BBC Philharmonic brings a rich and diverse variety of classical music to the broadest range of listeners. While performing more than 100 concerts a year for broadcast on BBC Radio 3, it undertakes its flagship season at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall every year from September to June—a residency that features world and UK premieres alongside the performance of landmark classics and little-heard repertoire rarities. One of the BBC’s six orchestras and choirs, it also appears annually at the BBC Proms, performs across the North of England, tours frequently to Europe and beyond, and records regularly for Chandos, its catalogue now extending to more than 250 recordings and more than one million albums sold. In October 2018 the orchestra appointed the Israel-born Omer Meir Wellber, internationally recognised as one of the most exciting young conductors working today, as its new Chief Conductor—a move that Richard Morrison (The Times) hailed as ‘arguably the most inspired musical appointment the BBC has made for years’. The orchestra maintains strong relationships with the Finnish conductor and violinist John Storgårds, its Chief Guest Conductor, and the former BBC Young Musician of the Year Mark Simpson, its Composer in Association. Making bold moves to re-imagine the orchestral experience, the BBC Philharmonic enthusiastically explores new ways of making classical music accessible to the widest audiences. Working with the BBC’s Salford-based Research and Development team, it records many of its concerts in Binaural Sound—creating high quality three-dimensional audio for headphone listeners—and has brought new technology into the concert hall through its Notes web-app, which beams free digital programme notes to smartphones during concerts.