Principal Horn No 3

Job Introduction

We have an exciting opportunity for a Principal horn No 3 player to join the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra is renowned as one of the UK’s most brilliant and versatile orchestras. Formed in 1935 and based at Glasgow’s City Halls since 2006, the Orchestra has a rich history of performing, broadcasting, recording and touring in Scotland, the UK and overseas. 

Thomas Dausgaard has been Chief Conductor since 2016 and established a Composer Roots series, which places classical works in context through collaborations with folk musicians, students and choirs, and a Scottish Inspirations series of BBC commissions from leading contemporary composers. The Orchestra undertakes an ambitious programme of touring – most recently to Japan and Austria in 2019 – and recording, with a planned complete set of Bartók’s orchestral works underway with Thomas Dausgaard.

During the global pandemic, the BBC SSO broadcast and streamed live and recorded concerts from City Halls with guest artists including Steven Isserlis, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Imogen Cooper, Steven Osborne and Sir Mark Elder; staged an online version of Tectonics, its festival of new and experimental music; and created Tunes for Tots, an online series for young children, with its Associate Artist Lucy Drever.

It has long championed new music and has established strong links with local communities through its learning and outreach programmes. It is a partner in Big Noise, Scotland’s project for social change through music; it plays a major role in the BBC’s Ten Pieces initiative; and it maintains a close association with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, working across a variety of disciplines with conductors, composers, soloists and orchestral players.

It is a recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society Award and of four Gramophone awards, and maintains a busy schedule of broadcasts for BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio Scotland, BBC television and online.



Role Responsibility

  • To sit as Principal Horn no 3, stepping up and doubling 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.
  • When leading the section, to lead and manage the section effectively, and to share responsibility with the management for the player’s performance.
  • When leading the section, to foster an environment in which artistic excellence flourishes.
  • To develop and support positive working relationships with all other members of the Orchestra, the section and any freelance players engaged by the Orchestra.
  • To participate in audition panels (to include writing audition reports), trial assessment meetings, orchestral and artistic meetings as required with due regard for confidentiality.
  • To engage in the general activities of the Orchestra, such as attendance at meetings, promotional activity, outreach and learning work, and to act as an ambassador for the BBC/Orchestra during these activities.
  • To be a role model for BBC Values and to work in accordance with the BBC/MU Agreement, the Information for Orchestral Players Handbook and all other BBC policies and guidelines.
  • To support all the BBC’s policies on managing people and diversity, including participation in Personal Development Reviews and training.
  • To work in accordance with the BBC’s Health and Safety guidelines and policy. 

The Ideal Candidate

  • Excellent professional orchestral and solo Horn playing abilities.
  • Knowledge of the range of repertoire of the BBC Scottish 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.
  • Demonstrates respect for others by being fully prepared and ready to play at the start of every session.
  • Ability to plan ahead in order to prepare parts, organise allocations and to make the best use of the resources available.
  • Awareness of health and safety issues.


The following competencies (behaviours and characteristics) have been identified as key to success in the job.  Successful candidates are expected to demonstrate these competencies.

Leadership & Managing Performance – ability to create a vision and inspire others to realise it irrespective of circumstance.  Sets challenging team and individual objectives, sharing clear expectations about required performance levels.  Acknowledges success and monitors the performance of their section.  Treats team members with honesty, respect and compassion.

Influencing & Persuading – ability to present sound and well reasoned arguments to convince others.  Can draw from a range of strategies to persuade people in a way that results in agreement or behaviour change.

Planning & Organising – is able to think ahead in order to establish an effective and appropriate course of action for self and others.  Prioritises and plans activities taking into account all the relevant issues and factors such as deadlines, staffing and resources requirements.

Resilience – can maintain personal effectiveness by managing emotions in the face of pressure, set backs or when dealing with provocative situations.  Demonstrates an approach to work that is characterised by commitment, motivation and energy.

Change Management – can understand and anticipate the need for change. Builds frameworks to plan and manage the continuous process of change.

Managing relationships - able to build and maintain effective working relationships with a range of people.  Works co-operatively with others to be part of a team, as opposed to working separately or competitively.

Self Development – is able to identify and apply opportunities for learning and development.

Package Description

Contract type: Permanent
Location: Glasgow

Please note if you are shortlisted auditions will be held on:

Sunday 20 March       

Friday 25 March            

Saturday 26 March        

Sunday 27 March            

Please remove all photographs from CVs before submitting your application.

  • 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 26 days (1 of which is a corporation day) 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, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic 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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