We are pleased to announce that Thomas Søndergård has extended his contract with the BBC National Orchestra & Chorus of Wales (BBC NOW), continuing in his position with the orchestra for at least two more years.
Søndergård was appointed Principal Conductor in 2011 and took up his position in September 2012. His contract extension will see him continue as Principal Conductor until at least 2018.
Highlights with the orchestra to date have included his exploration of Mahler’s symphonies. BBC NOW has performed Nos 2, 4, 5 and 9 with Søndergård and will close the 2015-16 season with a performance of Symphony No. 1 on 16 June 2016 at Brangwyn Hall and 17 June 2016 at St David’s Hall. Søndergård’s Mahler cycle with BBC NOW will be completed over this next period of his contract.
Thomas Søndergård said: “I’m so pleased to be extending my contract with this wonderful and passionate orchestra. We’re on an exciting musical journey together, with some amazing performances so far. To complete a Mahler symphony cycle with my orchestra is such a special and important project for me, the warm response from audiences has been fantastic, testament to our fine musicians. I really feel that I know this orchestra well, there are so many possibilities for the future, and I hope we keep surprising each other too!”