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Orchestra Personnel Manager, BBC Symphony Orchestra

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Job Introduction

The BBC Symphony Orchestra is one of the UK’s leading orchestras. It has played a central role at the heart of British musical life for over 80 years and has a high profile both in the UK and on the international stage. The BBC SO has an outstanding reputation for its performances of a wide range of music with particular emphasis on 20th century and contemporary music; each year giving the world premieres of a number of works commissioned by BBC Radio 3.


As the flagship orchestra of the BBC, the BBC SO makes at least a dozen appearances each year at the BBC Proms, including the First and Last Nights. All BBC SO concerts are broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and a number are televised, giving it the highest broadcast profile of any UK orchestra.


The BBC SO gives frequent performances under its present Chief Conductor Sakari Oramo, Conductors Laureate, Jiri Belohlavek and Sir Andrew Davis, Semyon Bychkov, and Artist in Association Brett Dean. In addition the Orchestra performs regularly with many other international conductors and soloists. The BBC SO is Associate Orchestra of the Barbican in London and performs an annual concert season there of up to 25 concerts, including a number of concerts and events focusing on a single composer. Recent seasons have also seen the BBC SO embark upon a series of critically acclaimed performances of opera in concert.  The BBC SO performs at a number of music festivals both in the UK and abroad, and undertakes regular major overseas tours.


Studio recordings play an important role in the Orchestra’s life, both for BBC Radio 3 and for commercial recording companies, whilst a strong commitment to community and outreach work involves the Orchestra in a number of adventurous learning projects working with schools and members of the local community

Role Responsibility

You will be responsible to the Orchestra Manager for the scheduling of the staff players, for the management of all contracts and personnel systems within the Orchestra and for ensuring that the required complement of musicians is provided for each session.  You will work closely with the Concerts Management Team to ensure the smooth running of each session, providing back-stage support at concerts and other events both in the UK and abroad.  You will be required to assist the Orchestra Manager with the day to day management of the Orchestra and with the line-management of the staff players and provide line-management support for the Orchestra and Tours Assistant.

The Ideal Candidate

To be successful in this role, you will have a strong desire to work in the professional orchestral environment.  You will ideally have significant proven experience as an orchestral fixer in a professional environment and previous experience of managing concerts and recording sessions. The ability to understand and interpret orchestrations, a knowledge of orchestral contracts, agreements and working practices and knowledge and experience of the professional freelance orchestral environment are all key to this role.  You will need the ability to make decisions under pressure and work accurately to deadlines, with good attention to detail. You will need the ability to work effectively as part of a small, dedicated team and have excellent IT, verbal and written communication skills with a good level of numeracy. You will have excellent interpersonal skills with a professional and flexible approach to work.  You will also be required to commit to working irregular and unsocial hours as required by the orchestra.

Package Description

Grade 5


Duration: 18 months

About the Company

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