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Assistant Principal Double Bass

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

Job Introduction

Principal Conductor Designate: Ryan Bancroft

Conductor Laureate: Tadaaki Otaka

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.  Learning is central to the organisation, with a broad outreach programme, 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 St David's Hall, Cardiff – Wales’ National Concert Hall.  We are proud to work with an outstanding group of conductors including Principal Conductor Designate, Ryan Bancroft and Conductor Laureate, Tadaaki Otaka.

Assistant Principal Double Bass (No. 2)

BBC NOW is seeking to appoint an Assistant Principal Double Bass (No. 2).  The current Double Bass section comprises 6 players led by the Section Principal (David Stark).  Assistant Principal Double Bass will sit as No. 2 in the BBC National Orchestra of Wales Double Bass section, and lead the section if required within the parameters of the BBC/MU Orchestras Agreement.  Candidates should have experience of performing in symphony orchestras and evidence through their application of excellence in performance in a professional context.  BBC NOW will 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.


  • Highly reputable classical music training
  • Recent orchestral experience as a professional double bassist
  • Commitment to delivering a very high standard of work


  • Proven expertise in a broad range of musical & performance activities including education and studio soundtrack work
  • Extensive experience of having held a permanent contractual position as a double bassist


  • 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


Auditions will be held in February 2020 (exact dates tbc) at BBC Hoddinott Hall. Auditions will be held in two rounds.

For Round 1 (screened), candidates will be required to prepare and play the following:

  • First movement of a Classical Concerto (no cadenza)
  • Prepared orchestral excerpts

Round 2 (unscreened) is at the discretion of the panel. Should a candidate be required for Round 2, candidates will be required to prepare and play the following:

  • A piece contrasting to the chosen Classical Concerto
  • Further prepared orchestral excerpts
  • Sight reading, given on the day

Both parts will take place within the candidate’s scheduled time slot.

Any queries should be directed to the Assistant Orchestra Manager Vicky will send out excerpts booklets to candidates shortlisted for audition.

Package Description

For this role  /  Ar gyfer y swydd yma:

(d) Welsh language skills are not necessary  /  Nid yw sgiliau yn yr iaith Gymraeg yn angenrheidiol

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.

The BBC recognises that flexible working can benefit both the employee and the BBC as it can create a range of employment opportunities to suit both changing operational needs and the needs of individuals.  We will, therefore, consider flexible working requests for this vacancy.   Please include detail of the proposed arrangement in your application.

Our culture embraces people’s diverse perspectives and creates a positive environment where everyone belongs. At the BBC we are committed to reflecting and representing the diversity of the UK.   


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