Head of Artistic Production

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

Job Introduction

Please note, interviews for this position will be held on 22nd January 2021.

The BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales occupies a special role as both a BBC broadcast orchestra and the national symphony orchestra of Wales. The Orchestra is generously supported by the Arts Council of Wales and is proud to work with an outstanding group of conductors.

As one of the six BBC Orchestras and Choirs, the Orchestra has a busy schedule of recordings, broadcasts and concerts for BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru, BBC Films and BBC television.

Learning is also at the heart of our work, developing innovative projects to increase accessibility to classical music and engaging with communities across Wales.

Role Responsibility

This role is a senior management position, reporting to the Director, and is accountable for leading a team that delivers outstanding artistic creative planning and production for the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales. You will lead the design and implementation of the businesses artistic programme and will be responsible for attracting visiting conductors and soloists, together with the management of budgets and the artistic administration team.

This is a newly created role that will work closely with the rest of the Orchestra’s management and musicians to drive the artistic ambition and production values of BBC NOW; growing and embedding the orchestra’s high calibre performances across Wales. This work is essential in supporting BBC NOW’s ambition to deepen the connection with, and relevance for, its audiences; both as a unique cultural asset for Wales and as a key provider of outstanding BBC content, primarily on BBC Radio 3.

The Ideal Candidate

Creative and innovative flair; strong production values and experience, exceptional understanding of symphonic repertoire; a deep desire to serve the needs of our audiences; the pursuit of the highest artistic standards; experience of the fullest range of activities that a symphony orchestra can deliver and endless ideas for making classical music accessible to all people, will all be very evident in the successful candidate.

For further information on the responsibilities and criteria of this position, please see the attached "supporting information" document. 

Package Description

For this role  /  Ar gyfer y swydd yma:

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. 

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.

About the Company

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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