BBC National Orchestra of Wales will tour China in December 2018, giving a series of concerts with Principal Guest Conductor Xian Zhang. Supported by British Council China, the tour forms part of the Inspiring Women in the Arts campaign launched today in China.

Director of BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Michael Garvey says “We’re delighted to be touring China with our Principal Guest Conductor Xian Zhang later in 2018. This tour is an exciting addition to BBC National Orchestra of Wales’ international plans and we’re looking forward to returning to China following our successful visit in 2012.”

Xian Zhang, Principal Guest Conductor said “I’m very excited to tour China with BBC NOW this year. I have conducted many Chinese orchestras, however to tour China with a foreign orchestra is a great opportunity for the cultural exchange of ideas and experiences.”

Nick Marchand, Director Arts China and North-East Asia, British Council said “Today we launch an Inspiring Women in the Arts campaign, a year-long programme to showcase the work of female artists and create new opportunities for leadership training, professional networking and mentorships. The campaign hopes to inspire our Chinese audience, sharing stories of the careers leading female artists have forged. In Xian Zhang - the first ever female titled conductor of a BBC orchestra– we have a role model we are delighted to support - as she leads Wales’ much-loved orchestra to China on a three city tour, later in the year. It’s a story we look forward to hearing!”

In September 2016 Xian Zhang assumed the position of Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC National Orchestra & Chorus of Wales. Zhang’s first season with BBC NOW culminated in a televised BBC Proms performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, anticipating the start of a two-year project devoted to the composer’s complete symphonies. Zhang is also Music Director of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and Conductor Emeritus of Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi.

The tour will be supported by British Council China, Arts Council Wales and Wales Arts International.

BBC National Orchestra of Wales visit China in December 2018. Further details to be announced in spring 2018. For more information visit


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