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Section Principal 2nd Violin / Prif 2ail Ffidil

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

Job Introduction

Principal Guest Conductor: Xian Zhang

Conductor Laureate: Tadaaki Otaka

BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales is one of the UK’s most versatile orchestras, with a varied range of work as both a broadcast orchestra and the national symphony orchestra of Wales.  It performs live to tens of thousands of people across the UK and beyond each year including annual performances at the BBC Proms and other International Festivals.  The Orchestra has a busy schedule of concerts, broadcasts and recordings for BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru and BBC Television.  Learning is central to the organisation, with a broad outreach programme.  The Orchestra is supported by the Arts Council of Wales, and forms part of BBC Wales, and is based at BBC Hoddinott Hall, part of the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay and is Orchestra-in-Residence at St David's Hall, Cardiff – Wales’ National Concert Hall.

Second Violin Section Principal

BBC NOW is seeking to appoint a Second Violin Section Principal.  The current Second Violin section comprises 12 players and this position would sit as Section Principal and lead as required within the parameters of the BBC/MU Orchestras Agreement.  The role offers a competitive salary package, leave days, a defined pension scheme and many other benefits, including annual instrument allowances, training & medical allowances, full instrumental insurance cover, and much more.

The ideal candidate will be an exceptional player and able to demonstrate commitment to delivering and maintaining the highest musical standards as well as being an effective team leader.

The BBC is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. 


Auditions will be held in May/June 2019 (exact dates tbc) at BBC Hoddinott Hall. An accompanist will be provided.

Candidates will be required to perform the following:

  • Mozart Concerto, 1st movement without cadenza
  • 19th or 20th Century Concerto, 1st movement without cadenza
  • prepared orchestral excerpts which will be supplied in advance
  • sight-reading, which will be issued on arrival at the audition.

Any queries should be directed to Orchestra Manager  Zoe will send out excerpts booklets to candidates shortlisted for audition.

Please note: BBC National Orchestra of Wales is unable to accept applications from candidates who are not eligible to work in the UK. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have proof of immediate, ongoing and valid documentation, including a work permit if appropriate. We will be carrying out right to work checks prior to any work (including trials).  

Package Description

For this role  /  Ar gyfer y swydd yma:

(d) Welsh language skills are not necessary  /  Nid yw sgiliau yn yr iaith Gymraeg yn angenrheidiol

Applications may be submitted in Welsh, and an application submitted in Welsh will not be treated less favourably than an application submitted in English.  /   Mae modd cyflwyno ceisiadau yn Gymraeg, ac ni fydd cais a gyflwynir yn Gymraeg yn cael ei drin yn llai ffafriol na chais a gyflwynir yn Saesneg.

The BBC recognises that flexible working can benefit both the employee and the BBC as it can create a range of employment opportunities to suit both changing operational needs and the needs of individuals.  We will, therefore, consider flexible working requests for this vacancy.   Please include detail of the proposed arrangement in your application.

Our culture embraces people’s diverse perspectives and creates a positive environment where everyone belongs. At the BBC we are committed to reflecting and representing the diversity of the UK.   



About the BBC

We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are very 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. 

The BBC is currently implementing a Career Path Framework which will result in employees being aligned to generic job titles and job descriptions. Consequently, successful applicants may be realigned to a slightly different job title shortly after joining the BBC. 


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