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Principal Viola (Sitting No.2), BBC Concert Orchestra

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

Principal Conductor: Keith Lockhart

Principal Conductor Designate: Bramwell Tovey

Conductor Laureate: Barry Wordsworth

Composer in Residence: Dobrinka Tabakova


The BBC Concert Orchestra…

… is one of the world’s most versatile broadcasting orchestras, with a expertise ranging from light classics, musical theatre and films via the mainstream classical repertoire to opera, jazz and contemporary commissions. On radio, TV and in the concert hall, it has performed recently with artists as diverse as Earth, Wind & Fire, Frankie Valli, ELO, Nigel Kennedy, Simon Keenleyside, Kylie Minogue, Brian May, Danny Elfman, Wayne Shorter, Joseph Calleja, Barry Manilow and Bryn Terfel. The BBC Concert Orchestra also performs weekly for Friday Night is Music Night – the world’s longest running live music radio show – for more than 60 years. With a considerable turnover of repertoire and styles the Concert Orchestra operate in an intensive and high pressure broadcast environment.

Role Responsibility

PRINCIPAL VIOLA (sitting no. 2)

The BBC CO has a vacancy for a player who must be able to demonstrate the following:

Essential Criteria

  • Excellent and inspiring professional orchestral and solo playing ability
  • Excellent sight reading skills
  • Considerable experience across a range of musical styles
  • Knowledge of the BBC Concert Orchestra repertoire

The Ideal Candidate

You will also need to demonstrate:

  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to establish and develop successful and productive working relationships with a diverse range of people
  • The 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

Auditions will be held at the end of February and early March 2018 in London


For any further information, please contact:

Collette Astley-Jones – Assistant Orchestra Personnel Manager

Tel: 07703 887379 | Email:

Closing date –Monday 15th January 2018


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(NB:  If possible, please do not include photographs on your CV.)

Package Description

Continuing Contract



Auditions will be held at the end of February and early March 2018 in London



If possible, please upload a CV without photographs

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. You’ll be asked questions relating to them as part of your application for this role.

The BBC is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and therefore strongly encourages applications from underrepresented groups.  We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of their background.

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