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Assistant Principal Double Bass (No. 2), BBC Philharmonic

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

The BBC Philharmonic, known for its innovative and versatile music-making, has its home in Salford and enjoys worldwide recognition. With a purpose-built studio in BBC North’s MediaCityUK home in Salford Quays, the orchestra welcomes over 5,000 people every year to its free studio concerts, performs across the north of England, is resident each year at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, tours internationally and appears annually at the BBC Proms.

The orchestra performs over 100 concerts a year for broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and has delivered over 250 recordings for Chandos, selling close to one million albums.

Its adventurous approach to programming and passion for bringing classical music to new audiences has seen collaborations with Clean Bandit, The 1975, Jarvis Cocker, Will Young, The Courteeners, Rag’n’Bone Man, Elbow and The xx.

With close relationships and partnerships with Salford City Council, the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), University of Salford and Greater Manchester Music Hub, the orchestra’s learning projects offer people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities the opportunity to develop musical interests and skills.

Embracing new technology, the orchestra works closely with BBC North’s pioneering digital teams to explore and develop new ways for audiences to experience orchestral music.

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Chief Conductor - Omer Meir Wellber

Chief Guest Conductor - John Storgårds

Principal Guest Conductor - Ben Gernon

Composer in Association - Mark Simpson

Leader - Yuri Torchinsky

Role Responsibility

  • To sit as Assistant Principal Double Bass (No. 2), stepping up to Section Principal as required.
  • To demonstrate excellent solo and orchestral playing abilities, maintaining the highest musical standards.
  • To support the Section Principal in all areas, helping to foster a supportive environment and assist with the responsibility of the section’s performance and welfare.
  • To be an effective and committed leader when leading the section.

Are you the right candidate?

Applicants should aim to meet a majority of the following criteria:

  • Outstanding professional orchestral and solo playing abilities.
  • Knowledge, passion and appreciation of the range of repertoire performed by the BBC Philharmonic.
  • Ability to lead, motivate and work collaboratively – to provide artistic direction and to inspire members of the section and orchestra along with the Section Principal.
  • Leadership: ability to provide constructive musical feedback to colleagues, deal with sensitive issues and establish high standards of musical performance.
  • Interpersonal skills: ability to participate as part of a diverse team and to support colleagues, conductors and freelancers.

Package Description

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Applicants will be required to prepare two contrasting pieces, along with prepared excerpts which will be circulated after the application deadline. An accompanist will be provided on the day.

Auditions will be held in the BBC Philharmonic’s studio at MediaCityUK on Monday 8 July. The audition will last no more than 15 minutes, consisting of the performance of the prepared piece(s), excerpts and sight-reading.

The deadline for applications is Monday 20 May. Applicants should apply via the BBC Careers Hub website by uploading a CV (without photographs); please contact  if you have any queries relating to your application.

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


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