Welsh Chamber Orchestra

Y Gerddorfa Siambr Gymreig

(Formerly Cerddorfa Siambr Cymru)

Artistic Director and Principal Conductor - Anthony Hose


The Welsh Chamber Orchestra was founded to fill the gap in the music making life of Wales between performances of solo and small chamber music ensembles and those of the symphony orchestra.

Since its inception in 1986 it has performed with many of the world's greatest soloists, undertaken several European concert tours as well as performing throughout the UK. For many years it was resident chamber orchestra at the Swansea International Concert Series where its innovative policy of giving second performances of works by Welsh composers was highly successful. It has recorded numerous television programmes including a New York Film Festival, prize-winning Opera series.

The orchestra's first commercial CD was a disc of works by William Mathias, two CDs of works by Alun Hoddinott have since been released, and a further CD of Michael Tippett’s works is due to be issued.

A key part of the orchestra's artistic policy is to perform in those areas in Wales that are relatively ill-served with occasions to hear orchestral music compared to other parts of the country. A residency at Glyndŵr University in Wrexham has enabled the provision of schools’ concerts in the north east of Wales, introducing thousands of school children to their first live orchestral concert experience. The orchestra is proud to be associated with the William Mathias Centre in Caernarfon.

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), Dan Phelps (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