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Associate Principal Trumpet, 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 Storgards

Principal Guest Conductor - Ben Gernon

Composer in Association - Mark Simpson

Leader -Yuri Torchinsky

Role Responsibility

  • To sit in any position in the trumpet section as required, but predominantly as 1st, 3rd or bumper position.
  • To play trumpet, doubling on Cornet, Flugelhorn, Piccolo or Rotary Trumpet as required.
  • To demonstrate excellent orchestral and solo 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 brass section’s performance and welfare.
  • To support and develop positive working relationships with conductors, freelancers and all members of the orchestra.
  •  To play a key role in the life of the BBC Philharmonic – to be a passionate team player with a commitment to maintain and enhance the reputation of the orchestra.

Are you the right candidate?

You will need to demonstrate:


  • Outstanding professional orchestral and solo playing abilities.
  • Knowledge, passion and appreciation for 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 other colleagues in the brass section.
  • Interpersonal skills: ability to participate as part of a diverse team and to support colleagues, conductors and freelancers.

The deadline for applications is Monday 23rd September.

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.


For Careers Hub technical issues, please ring the Careers Hub Support team in the first instance on: 0370 024 3477 

Package Description

Contract type:       Continuing

Location:               MediaCityUK, Salford


Auditions Information:

Auditions will be held at the BBC Philharmonic’s studio at MediaCityUK on Monday 11 November and Monday 18 November

Applicants will be required to perform the first movement of Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto in Eb, Arthur Honegger’s Intrada, prepared excerpts and sight-reading.

An accompanist will be provided on the day.


Application Instructions:

Applicants should apply via the BBC Careers Hub website by uploading a CV (without photographs);

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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