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Sub Leader, BBC Symphony Orchestra

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

Job Introduction

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 over 80 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 Chief Conductor Sakari Oramo, Conductors Laureate, Jiri Belohlavek and Sir Andrew Davis, Semyon Bychkov,  and Artist in Association Brett Dean. 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

Role Responsibility

  • To lead the orchestra as required.
  • To sit no 2 in the 1st Violins, and step up to Leader as required
  • To support professionally and work collaboratively with any Leaders and Conductors and artists engaged by the Orchestra.
  • To maintain the highest standard of professional playing and musical and artistic excellence required by the Orchestra.

Are you the right candidate?

To be successful in this role you will need:

  • Excellent professional orchestral and solo violin playing abilities.
  • A knowledge of the range of repertoire of the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
  • Ability to work collaboratively to  inspire and lead performances that meet the highest musical standards, by providing artistic direction and by motivating members of the Orchestra.
  • 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
  • Awareness of health and safety issues.

Package Description

Continuing Contract



The auditions are likely to be held in London on May  13,17,27



Prepared Orchestral Excerpts to include

Strauss: Excerpt from Also Sprach Zarathustra

Strauss: No.4 Aufritt und Tanz der Schneider (leader’s part) from Le Bourgeois Gentihomme

Stravinsky: First pas-de-Trois from Agon

Strauss: Ein Heldenleben from figure 20 to 33 + 5 bars

Beethoven: Sanctus from Missa Solemnis

Henze: Richard Wagnersche Klavierlieder Movement 7

Rimsky-Korsakov, "Sheherazade"



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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 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 under-represented groups.  We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of their background.


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