List of radio orchestras

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This is a list of radio orchestras with the links in their names, and the native language names in italics (where available).

Current radio orchestras[edit]


Country Orchestra Native name Network affiliation Notes
 Brazil Brazil Jazz Symphony Orchestra Brasil Jazz Sinfônica Father Anchieta Foundation Formerly managed by the Secretariat of Culture of Government of the State of São Paulo, since 2020 it is managed by Father Anchieta Foundation.[1][2]


Country Orchestra Native name Network affiliation Notes
 Japan NHK Symphony Orchestra NHK 交響楽団 Nippon Hōsō Kyōkai (NHK)
 Philippines ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra ABS-CBN
 South Korea KBS Symphony Orchestra KBS 교향악단 Korean Broadcasting System (KBS)


Country Orchestra Native name Network affiliation Notes
 Albania RTSH Symphony Orchestra Orkestra Simfonike e RTSH Radio Televizioni Shqiptar (RTSH)
 Austria Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien Österreichischer Rundfunk (ORF)
 Belgium Brussels Philharmonic Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroeporganisatie (VRT) Formerly known as Vlaams Radio Orkest
 Bulgaria Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra Симфоничен оркестър на Българското национално радио Bulgarian National Radio (BNR)
 Czech Republic Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra Symfonický orchestr Českého rozhlasu Czech Radio (ČRo)
 Denmark Danish National Symphony Orchestra DR SymfoniOrkestret Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR)
Danish Chamber Orchestra Danmarks Underholdningsorkestret
DR Big Band
 Finland Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra Radion sinfoniaorkesteri (Finnish)
Radions symfoniorkester (Swedish)
Yleisradio (Yle)
 France Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France Radio France
Orchestre National de France
 Germany Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR)
Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin Deutschlandradio (DLR)
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB) Formerly known as the RIAS-Symphonie-Orchester
Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg
hr-Sinfonieorchester Hessischer Rundfunk (HR) Formerly Radio-Sinfonie-Orchester Frankfurt
MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra MDR Sinfonieorchester Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (MDR)
Munich Radio Orchestra Münchner Rundfunkorchester Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR)
NDR Radiophilharmonie Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) Formerly Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Hannover
NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra Formerly NDR Sinfonieorchester
Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern Saarländischer Rundfunk (SR)
SWR Symphonieorchester Südwestrundfunk (SWR) Created in a merger of the Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra.
WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR)
WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln
 Hungary Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra Magyar Rádió Szimfonikus Zenekara Magyar Rádió (MR) Also known earlier as Budapest Symphony Orchestra
 Ireland RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ)
RTÉ Concert Orchestra
 Italy RAI National Symphony Orchestra Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI RAI – Radiotelevisione italiana (RAI) Created in a merger of the four Symphony Orchestras of RAI from Turin, Rome, Naples and Milan.
 Netherlands Radio Filharmonisch Orkest Nederlandse Publieke Omroep (NPO)
 Norway Norwegian Radio Orchestra Kringkastingsorkestret Norsk rikskringkasting (NRK)
 Poland Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra Narodowa Orkiestra Symfoniczna Polskiego Radia w Katowicach Polskie Radio (PR) Based in Katowice
Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra Polska Orkiestra Radiowa Based in Warsaw
 Romania Romanian Radio Big Band Big Band Radio Romania Societatea Română de Radiodifuziune (ROR) Based in Bucharest
Romanian Radio Chamber Orchestra Orchestra de Cameră Radio Societatea Română de Radiodifuziune (ROR) Based in Bucharest
National Radio Orchestra of Romania Orchestra Nationala Radio Societatea Română de Radiodifuziune (ROR) Based in Bucharest
 Russia Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra Большой симфонический оркестр имени П. И. Чайковского All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (VGTRK)
Radio Orpheus (OP)
Formerly affiliated with the Soviet-run All-Union Radio.
 Slovakia Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Symfonický orchester Slovenského rozhlasu Radio and Television of Slovakia (RTVS)
 Slovenia RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra Simfonični orkester RTV Slovenija Radiotelevizija Slovenija (RTVSLO)
RTV Slovenia Big Band Big Band RTV Slovenija
 Spain RTVE Symphony Orchestra Orquesta Sinfónica de Radio Televisión Española Radiotelevisión Española (RTVE)
 Sweden Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester Sveriges Radio (SR)
  Switzerland Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana Radiotelevisione svizzera (RSI)
 Ukraine Ukrainian Radio Symphony Orchestra Симфонічний Оркестр Українського радіо National Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine (UA:PBC)
 United Kingdom BBC Radio Big Band British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
BBC Concert Orchestra
BBC National Orchestra of Wales Cerddorfa Genedlaethol Gymreig y BBC
BBC Philharmonic
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Ulster Orchestra

Defunct radio orchestras[edit]

Country Orchestra Network affiliation Formed Disbanded Notes
 Australia SBS Radio and Television Youth Orchestra Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) 1988 2013
 Brazil Symphony Cultura Orchestra Father Anchieta Foundation 1998 2005 Dissolved due to lack of funding and budget cuts.[3]
 Canada CBC Radio Orchestra Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) 1938 2008 Disbanded due to federal government budget cuts. Reorganized as the independent National Broadcast Orchestra.
CBC Symphony Orchestra 1952 1964
CBC Winnipeg Orchestra 1947 1984
 Netherlands Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra Nederlandse Publieke Omroep (NPO) 1985 2005
Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic 2005 2013
 New Zealand NZBC Symphony Orchestra New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation (NZBC) 1946 1975 Originally named the National Orchestra of the New Zealand Broadcasting Service. Became independent from the broadcaster and renamed the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
 Portugal RDP Symphony Orchestra Radiotelevisão Portuguesa (RTP) 1934 1989 Originally named Orquestra Sinfónica da Emissora Nacional.
 United Kingdom BBC Northern Dance Orchestra British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) 1956 1975 Renamed the BBC Northern Radio Orchestra.
BBC Revue Orchestra 1939 1964 Merged into the BBC Radio Orchestra.
BBC Television Orchestra 1936 1939
BBC Radio Orchestra 1964 1991
BBC Scottish Radio Orchestra 1940 1981 Originally named the BBC Scottish Variety Orchestra.
 United States NBC Symphony Orchestra National Broadcasting Company (NBC) 1937 1954 Orchestra was conducted by Arturo Toscanini. Some members continued as the Symphony of the Air until 1963.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Jazz Sinfônica Brasil passa a ser gerida pela TV Cultura". Tela Viva News (in Brazilian Portuguese). 10 July 2020. Retrieved 21 March 2022.
  2. ^ "Brasil Jazz Sinfônica se apresenta na Expo 2020 Dubai entre 24 e 31 de outubro". TV Cultura (in Brazilian Portuguese). 21 October 2021. Retrieved 21 March 2022.
  3. ^ Novaes, Tereza (28 February 2005). "Com casa lotada, Sinfonia Cultura faz seu concerto final". Folha de S.Paulo (in Brazilian Portuguese). Retrieved 21 March 2022.