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 Viola doubling as required.
- To have excellent solo and orchestral playing abilities, maintaining the highest musical standards.
- To be an effective and committed team player and to play a full role in the life of the Orchestra.
- To be an effective and committed team leader when leading the Section.
- This job requires travelling throughout the UK and touring as well as evening and weekend work patterns.
The Ideal 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.
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Contract type: Continuing (permanent)
Location: Maida Vale Studios, London
First movement of either Walton or Bartok Concertos, or Hindemith “Der Schwanendreher”, plus a contrasting piece of your own choosing.
Dates: 22 - 28th February 2022 (to be confirmed)
Orchestral excerpts will be sent with audition invitations.
As part of our D&I commitment auditions will take place behind screens.
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- 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, with a maximum of 2,080 hours work scheduled per year. There will normally be a maximum of 31 playing hours in a week and 26 days holiday (1 of which is a corporation day,) a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.
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