B Tommy Andersson appointed as BBC National Orchestra of Wales Composer-in-Association

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The Swedish composer takes the role for the 2014-15 season

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The BBC National Orchestra of Wales has announced that B Tommy Andersson will be its Composer-in-Association for the 2014-15 season.

The Swedish composer will work closely with the orchestra for one year, culminating in a specially commissioned work.

Andersson will conduct the orchestra in a series of his own works, as well as pieces by fellow Swedish composers.

Thomas Søndergård, principal conductor of BBC NOW, said: ‘It’s with great pleasure that I’m able to introduce B Tommy Andersson to BBC NOW and our audiences in Wales. B Tommy and I have known each other and worked together for many years, and I know that the orchestra really enjoys his music, which is full of such striking ideas.’

Andersson will also work closely with a new generation of Welsh composers in the Composition: Wales project.

Previous composers who have held the role include Michael Berkeley and Simon Holt.