Welsh Chamber Orchestra

Y Gerddorfa Siambr Gymreig

(Formerly Cerddorfa Siambr Cymru)

Artistic Director and Principal Conductor - Anthony Hose

The Welsh Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1986 and has performed in all the major venues throughout Wales as well as touring in Germany, Belgium, and France. The orchestra has recorded many programmes for S4C and HTV including the New York Film Festival prizewinning series ‘’The Story and the Song’’. It is the resident chamber orchestra at Glyndwr University in Wrexham and at the Beaumaris Festival in Anglesey.

For many years it has played in the International Concert Series in Swansea where its policy of giving second performances of works by Welsh composers enabled another opportunity for works which had not received performances since their premieres to be heard again. The orchestra plays in many festivals in Wales and England, performing a wide repertoire of music ranging from the Baroque through the Classical and Romantic periods to the present day. The latter has included many first performances of works by Welsh composers, a reflection of its policy of commissioning new compositions. The first CD recorded by the WCO was of works by William Mathias and enjoyed enthusiastic reviews. This was followed by a similarly successful CD of works by Alun Hoddinott.

Chairman: Captain Sir Norman Lloyd-Edwards KCVO GCStJ RD GOMLJ JP RNR
Vice-President: Lady Wigley OBE
Orchestral Manager: Dan Phelps
The organisation was set up in 1986 (company no. 02098243) and is a registered charity (1083071). The directors are Captain Sir Norman Lloyd-Edwards KCVO (Chair), Barbara Parish (Company Secretary and Treasurer), Anthony Hose (Artistic Director) and Dr Jeremy Huw Williams.

The Welsh Chamber Orchestra is supported by The D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust

WCO is in receipt of a grant from the PRS for Music Foundation Women Make Music fund to commission a new work from Eleanor Alberga

WCO is supported financially by Ashley Family Foundation and The John S. Cohen Foundation

PRS Garfield Weston Foundation    
National Lottery