Versatility is the BBC Concert Orchestra’s hallmark. The band thinks nothing of starting a week
with a concert celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain at RAF Northolt, then a
tribute to Oliver! composer Lionel Bart fronted by Barbara Windsor at the Hackney Empire, and
finishing with a sell-out Queen Elizabeth Hall gig of avant-garde electronica by composers
ranging from Goldfrapp’s Will Gregory, Andrew Poppy and Graham Fitkin to Bernard
Herrmann on such outré instruments as rewired keyboards, theremins, ondes martenots and
The orchestra’s commitment to BBC Radio 2 is genuinely legendary: they have been
delivering the world’s longest-running music show, Friday Night is Music Night, every week for
an astonishing 60 years. The ensemble also broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 and has provided the
soundtrack to many BBC TV programs, including The Blue Planet, Frozen Planet, Walking
with Dinosaurs and ZingZillas.
In August 2010, Keith Lockhart was appointed Principal Conductor and Johannes Wildner its
Principal Guest Conductor, complementing Conductor Laureate Barry Wordsworth. Keith
Lockhart is also conductor of the Boston Pops and serves as the artistic director of the Brevard
Music Center Summer Institute.
The La Jolla Music Society program highlights works by Britten, Elgar and Butterworth.