Percussion (Assistant Principal Timpani) - BBC Philharmonic

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Job Introduction

The BBC Philharmonic is reimagining the orchestral experience for a new generation – challenging perceptions, championing innovation and taking a rich variety of music to the widest range of audiences.

The orchestra performs around 100 concerts every year, the vast majority broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Along with around 35 free concerts a year at its MediaCityUK studio in Salford and a flagship 20-concert series at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, the orchestra performs across the North of England, at the BBC Proms and internationally, and records regularly for the Chandos label. Since 2019, Omer Meir Wellber has been Chief Conductor of the orchestra, which also has strong ongoing relationships with John Storgårds, Chief Guest Conductor, and Ben Gernon, Principal Guest Conductor.

The BBC Philharmonic is a true champion of new music. Having recently premiered works by Emily Howard, Outi Tarkiainen and Mark Simpson, the orchestra’s Composer in Association, it is premiering pieces by Tom Coult, Philip Grange and Jeffrey Mumford in 2019/20. Through its diverse programme, it has recently broadcast on all seven BBC national radio networks.

The orchestra is pioneering new ways to engage with music. In collaboration with the BBC’s Research & Development team, its trailblazing Philharmonic Lab programme of digital innovation is making music a more connected experience for listeners, while its diverse learning and education programme reaches everyone from toddlers to adults. Through all its activities, the BBC Philharmonic is bringing life-changing music experiences to audiences across Greater Manchester, the North of England, the UK and around the world.

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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 play as a member of the Percussion section, on the full range of orchestral tuned and non-tuned percussion, stepping up to Principal Percussion as required.
  • To play Principal Timpani on a regular basis – both full or part programmes – and to play 2nd Timpani as required.
  • To assist the other members of the Percussion section with the setup and logistics of percussion for concerts, recordings and tours, and to monitor the maintenance and upkeep of instruments.
  • To demonstrate excellent orchestral playing abilities, maintaining the highest musical standards.
  • To support the Section Principal Percussion and Principal Timpani in all areas, and to 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.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Outstanding professional orchestral playing abilities on both Percussion and Timpani.
  •  Knowledge, passion and appreciation of the range of repertoire performed by the BBC Philharmonic.
  • Interpersonal skills: ability to contribute and participate as part of a diverse team and to support colleagues, conductors and freelancers.

Package Description

Job title: Percussion (Assistant Principal Timpani)

Contract type: Full-time – permanent

Line manager: Orchestra Manager

Location: MediaCityUK, Salford

Auditions will be held in the BBC Philharmonic’s studio at MediaCityUK on Monday 20th April 2020.

Applicants will be required to perform on both Timpani and a range of Percussion instruments. A list of excerpts will be sent to shortlisted candidates.

The deadline for applications is Sunday 1st March 2020. 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.


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.

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