Conductor Michael Francis Returns to Wales for Concert Tour

BBCNOWBBC National Orchestra of Wales will be touring venues across mid and north Wales this November – this time joined by the young British conductor Michael Francis.

As part of its autumn tour, the Orchestra will visit Aberystwyth on Friday 8 November, Bangor on Saturday 9 November, and Llandudno on Sunday 10 November. Conductor Michael Francis returns to Wales for this tour, having previously lived in Cardiff while studying music at Cardiff University.

Initially joining the London Symphony Orchestra as a double bassist, Michael’s first conducting work was as an emergency replacement for Valery Gergiev, who had to miss a rehearsal due to a flight delay. Michael took the baton at the last minute – nowadays he has hung up his double bass bow and works solely as a conductor.

The concerts in mid and north Wales feature the cellist Daniel Muller-Schott, who will perform Dvořák’s Cello Concerto. The last concerto that Dvořák wrote, its beautifully lyrical melodies and exciting climaxes always impress and entertain audiences.

In the second half, audiences will be treated to Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No 6 – his Pathétique – which is one of his most passionate and romantic symphonies. After three rousing and energetic movements, the piece concludes with a sorrowful ending, written just days before the Russian composer died.

Booking Information

  • Tickets for all of the Orchestra’s concerts are available from the Orchestra’s bilingual Audience Line service, by calling 0800 052 1812. No booking fees or postage charges apply when booking through the Orchestra’s Audience Line. Tickets can also be booked through the venues:
  • Tickets for the concert at Aberystwyth Arts Centre, on Friday 8 November, 7.30pm, are priced at £13-£19 (discounts available) and are available by calling the Box Office on 01970 623232, or visiting (Booking through the venue incurs a £1 postage charge per order.)
  • Tickets for the performance at Prichard-Jones Hall at Bangor University, on Saturday 9 November, 7.30pm, are £12.50 (discounts available) and can be booked online at, or by calling 01248 382828. (Booking through the venue incurs a 50p postage charge per order.)
  • Tickets for the concert at Venue Cymru, Llandudno, on Sunday 10 November, 3pm, are £11-£20 (discounts available) and can be booked online at or by calling 01492 872000. (Booking through the venue incurs a £3 booking fee per order.)

For more information about the Orchestra, visit their website at


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