Assistant Principal 2nd Violin, BBC NOW

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Job Introduction

The BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales is one of the UK’s most versatile orchestras, with a varied range of work as both a broadcast orchestra and the national symphony orchestra of Wales. It performs live to tens of thousands of people across the UK and beyond each year including annual performances at the BBC Proms and other International Festivals. The Orchestra has a busy schedule of concerts, broadcasts and recordings for BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru and BBC Television. Education and community work is central to the organisation, developing exciting, distinctive and memorable experiences for all ages. The Orchestra is supported by the Arts Council of Wales, and forms part of BBC Wales. BBC National Orchestra of Wales is based at BBC Hoddinott Hall, part of the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay and is Orchestra-in-Residence at Wales’ National Concert Hall, St David's Hall, Cardiff. We are proud to work with an outstanding group of conductors including Principal Conductor, Ryan Bancroft and Conductor Laureate, Tadaaki Otaka.

Role Responsibility

BBC NOW is seeking to appoint an Assistant Principal Second Violin (No.2). The second violin section comprises 12 players including the Section Principal, Anna Smith.

The successful candidate will play as required by orchestration and work in accordance with the BBC/MU Orchestras Agreement. Candidates should have experience of performing in symphony orchestras and evidence through their application excellence in performance to a professional standard. BBC NOW will also consider candidates who are in the early stages of their career and can clearly show potential to fulfil the role. The ideal candidate will be an exceptional player and able to demonstrate commitment to delivering a very high standard of work. 

The BBC is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. We believe that diversity enhances and enriches the arts sector and drives innovation. We positively encourage applications from candidates from all backgrounds and, particularly, from groups who are currently under-represented in the sector.

Are you the right candidate?


Have the knowledge of the range of repertoire of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales;

Be able to contribute to performances that will meet the highest artistic standards;

Be able to work effectively and flexibly within a diverse team environment;

Demonstrate respect for others by being fully prepared and ready to play at the start of every session.



Expertise in a broad range of musical & performance activities including chamber music, education and studio soundtrack work; 

Experience of performing in equivalent roles in professional orchestras.



Excellent communication and organisational skills;

Self-motivated and able to work under pressure;

Ability to work co-operatively as part of a team; 

Willing to develop positive working relationships with other members of the orchestra and the management team. 


To apply for this role, please complete the Careers Hub application form by clicking the 'Apply for this job' button and, along with this, please complete the downloadable application form below and send directly to 

This job advertisement and any audition materials can be provided in Welsh upon request.

Package Description

Please note, the application process for this role is in two parts. Candidates will need to apply via the 'Apply for this job' button along with completing the downloadable application form and send directly to 


Applications may be submitted in Welsh, and an application submitted in Welsh will not be treated less favourably than an application submitted in English.  /   Mae modd cyflwyno ceisiadau yn Gymraeg, ac ni fydd cais a gyflwynir yn Gymraeg yn cael ei drin yn llai ffafriol na chais a gyflwynir yn Saesneg.

We’re happy to discuss flexible working.  Please indicate your choice under the flexible working question in the application.  There is no obligation to raise this at the application stage but if you wish to do so, you are welcome to.  Flexible working will be part of the discussion at offer stage. 

  • Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and work in different areas of the organisation.
  • Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
  • Benefits - We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 25 days holiday with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

Rydyn ni’n fodlon trafod gweithio’n hyblyg.  Rhowch eich dewis o dan y cwestiwn gweithio’n hyblyg yn y cais.  Does dim rhaid codi hyn ar y cam ymgeisio, ond mae croeso i chi wneud hynny os ydych chi’n dymuno.  Bydd gweithio’n hyblyg yn rhan o’r drafodaeth ar y cam cynnig. 

  • Cyfle rhagorol i ddatblygu gyrfa – mae'r BBC yn cynnig cyfleoedd gwych i weithwyr chwilio am heriau newydd a gweithio mewn gwahanol rannau o’r sefydliad.
  • Cyfleoedd di-ail i hyfforddi a datblygu mae’r Academi fewnol yn cynnig amrywiaeth eang o gyrsiau ac ardystiadau mewnol ac allanol.
  • Buddion - Rydym yn cynnig pecyn cyflog cystadleuol, wythnos waith hyblyg 35 awr er lles cydbwysedd rhwng bywyd a gwaith, a 25 diwrnod o wyliau gyda’r opsiwn i brynu 5 diwrnod ychwanegol, cynllun pensiwn wedi'i ddiffinio, a gostyngiadau ar ddeintyddiaeth, gofal iechyd, campfa a llawer mwy.

About the BBC

We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below.

Diversity matters at the BBC.  We have a working environment where we value and respect every individual's unique contribution, enabling all of our employees to thrive and achieve their full potential.

We want to attract the broadest range of talented people to be part of the BBC – whether that’s to contribute to our programming or our wide range of non-production roles.  The more diverse our workforce, the better able we are to respond to and reflect our audiences in all their diversity. 

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexuality, social background, religion and/or belief.  We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise. 

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please click here

Rydym yn canolbwyntio ar fwy na’r hyn rydym yn ei wneud – mae sut rydym yn gwneud pethau’n bwysig i ni hefyd. Mae ein gwerthoedd a’n hymddygiad yn bwysig i ni. Gwnewch yn siŵr eich bod wedi darllen am ein gwerthoedd a’n hymddygiad yn y ddogfen sydd wedi ei hatodi isod.

Mae amrywiaeth yn cyfrif yn y BBC.  Mae gennym amgylchedd gwaith lle yr ydym yn gwerthfawrogi ac yn parchu cyfraniad unigryw pob unigolyn, gan alluogi pob un o’n gweithwyr i ffynnu a chyflawni eu potensial yn llawn.

Rydym eisiau denu’r ystod ehangaf o bobl dalentog i fod yn rhan o’r BBC – boed hynny i gyfrannu i’n rhaglenni neu i’n hystod eang o swyddi nad ydynt yn ymwneud â chynhyrchu.  Po fwyaf amrywiol yw ein gweithlu, y mwyaf y bydd modd i ni ymateb i’n cynulleidfaoedd a’u hadlewyrchu yn eu holl amrywiaeth. 

Rydym wedi ymrwymo i gydraddoldeb cyfle ac yn croesawu ceisiadau gan unigolion, waeth beth fo’u hoedran, rhyw, ethnigrwydd, anabledd, rhywioldeb, cefndir cymdeithasol, crefydd a/neu gred.  Ac rydym yn hyrwyddo cyfleoedd i weithio’n hyblyg pan fo anghenion gweithredol yn caniatáu hynny.  

I ganfod mwy am Amrywiaeth a Chynhwysiant yn y BBC, cliciwch yma

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