Principal Harp, BBC Symphony Orchestra
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 almost 90 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, Semyon Bychkov and Conductor Laureate Sir Andrew Davis. 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
- To sit as Principal and to lead the section as required.
- To maintain the high standard of professional playing and musical and artistic excellence required by the Orchestra.
- To familiarise oneself with the relevant parts, including solos, in advance of the first rehearsal and performances.
- To support professionally any Leaders and Conductors engaged by the Orchestra.
- To take responsibility for the style, intonation, balance, ensemble, rhythm and preparation of the section in conjunction with Leaders and the Chief Conductor.
- To lead and manage the section effectively, and to share responsibility with the management for the performance of players within the Section.
Are you the right candidate?
To be successful in this role, you will need:
- Excellent professional orchestral and solo playing abilities.
- Knowledge of the range of repertoire of the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
- Ability to both lead and work collaboratively to inspire and contribute to performances that meet the highest musical standards by providing artistic direction and by motivating members of the section.
- Effective people and performance management skills, including the ability to give constructive feedback, deal with sensitive issues and to make difficult decisions.
- Good interpersonal skills and the ability to establish and develop harmonious working relationships with a diverse range of people
- Demonstrates commitment to maintain the reputation of the Orchestra.
- Participates actively as part of a diverse team and supportive of colleagues.
- Ability to plan ahead in order to prepare parts, organise allocations and to make the best use of the resources available.
For more information please contact Lucie Tibbits, Orchestra & Tours Assistant, BBC Symphony Orchestra on 0207 765 4210.
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(To work 60%-65% of the Orchestra’s schedule).
Solo audition rep (unaccompanied):
Mozart: Concerto for Flute and Harp 1st Movement up to Figure. F
2nd Movement up to Figure E
Debussy: Dances Sacree et Profanes 1st Movement
Plus orchestral excerpts
Auditions are expected to take place in London on October 13 and November 2.
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