Magazine article Gramophone

Xian Zhang Appointed Principal Guest Conductor of BBC NOW

Magazine article Gramophone

Xian Zhang Appointed Principal Guest Conductor of BBC NOW

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The BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales has announced that its next Principal Guest Conductor will be Xian Zhang. She will become the first female conductor ever to have a tided role with a BBC orchestra.

Zhang will conduct the orchestra at BBC Hoddinott Hall, St David's Hall and Brangwyn Hall in works by Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Rimsky-Korsakov and Berlioz in her first season. She will also conduct BBC NOW at the BBC Proms and take the orchestra on a tour of Wales.

In an official statement, Zhang said: 'I'm so excited to be working with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales; they are a fantastic group of musicians who genuinely love making music, and are a natural team. They have some exceptional qualities that have really impressed me. The first thing we ever worked on together was Ravel's Bolero. It was so precise, with the right colour and texture--I was really speechless after the first reading! The musicians rehearse in such a disciplined manner that is not often seen. …

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