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Double Bass No.4, BBC Concert Orchestra

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Job Introduction

The mission of the BBC Concert Orchestra is to bring inspiring musical experiences to everyone, everywhere, with the ensemble’s great versatility as the key. The Orchestra can be heard regularly on BBC Radio 2’s Friday Night Is Music Night and on BBC Radio 3 exploring a wide selection of classical and contemporary music. The Orchestra has performed on many TV soundtracks, including the original Blue Planet and Serengeti, as well as being seen courtside for The No.1 Court Celebration from Wimbledon.

The BBC Concert Orchestra appears annually at the BBC Proms, with concerts last season celebrating the summer of 1969 and the legacy of Proms founder-conductor Henry Wood, as well as at Proms in the Park in Hyde Park alongside world-class headliners Barry Manilow and Chrissie Hynde. It is an Associate Orchestra at the Southbank Centre, where highlights this season include, the European premiere of Flower Power by Julia Wolfe, the London premiere of Danny Elfman’s Violin Concerto (Eleven Eleven) with Sandy Cameron under Principal Conductor Bramwell Tovey, a performance as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival and a noir-inspired audio drama by Kurt Elling ‘The Big Blind’. The 2019-20 season will also include further performances in the newly restored Alexandra Palace Theatre in London.

Principal Conductor: Bramwell Tovey
Principal Guest Conductor Designate: Anna-Maria Helsing
Conductor Laureate: Barry Wordsworth
Associate Composer: Dobrinka Tabakov

Role Responsibility

The BBC CO has a vacancy for a player who must be able to demonstrate the following:

Essential Criteria

  • Excellent professional orchestral playing ability
  • Excellent sight reading skills
  • Considerable experience across a range of musical styles
  • Knowledge of the BBC Concert Orchestra repertoire

Desirable Criteria

  • The ability to contribute effectively to flexible ensembles and subsets of the orchestra
  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to establish and develop harmonious working relationships with a diverse range of people
  • The ability to work collaboratively to inspire and contribute to performances that meet the highest musical standards

Auditions will be held late March 2020 in London

For any further information, please contact:

Collette Astley-Jones – Assistant Orchestra Personnel Manager

Tel: 07703 887379 | Email:

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Package Description

Contract type:   Continuing contract
Location:           London


Auditions will be held late March 2020 in London


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