A world-class orchestra requires world-class acoustics and Hoddinott Hall is no exception.
The concert hall and state-of-the-art recording studio is home to our resident orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales (BBC NOW) who moved here in 2009.
The hall, named after the celebrated Welsh composer, Alun Hoddinott is primarily a rehearsal and recording studio but also seats up to 350 people who can attend a variety of musical performances ranging from Bach to Bernstein.
Sustainable, sound-reflecting hardwood creates warm, generous acoustics while movable walls create energy efficient zones.
The Orchestra’s performances can be heard regularly across the BBC, on Radio 3, Radio Wales and Radio Cymru and they perform biennially at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World and annually at the BBC Proms.
Building on its extensive work with special educational needs schools, BBC NOW performed the first ever Relaxed Prom in 2017, which won the Best Family Event at the 2018 Fantastic for Families Awards.
In December 2018 the Orchestra tours to China with Xian Zhang working with the British Council in China as part of their Inspiring Women in the Arts campaign.
As part of its extensive South America tour in 2015 the orchestra visited the Welsh colony in Patagonia where musicians worked in schools and with the community.
Hoddinnot Hall also includes facilities for its acclaimed outreach programmes including the Grace Williams Studio which can hold up to 60 people for educational workshops and rehearsals.