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Sub Principal No. 3 2nd Violin, BBC Philharmonic

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

Job Introduction

The BBC Philharmonic, known for its innovative and versatile music-making, has its home in Salford and enjoys worldwide recognition. With a purpose-built studio in BBC North’s MediaCityUK home in Salford Quays, the orchestra welcomes over 5,000 people every year to its free studio concerts, performs across the north of England, is resident each year at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, tours internationally and appears annually at the BBC Proms.

The orchestra performs over 100 concerts a year for broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and has delivered over 250 recordings for Chandos, selling close to one million albums.

Its adventurous approach to programming and passion for bringing classical music to new audiences has seen collaborations with Clean Bandit, The 1975, Jarvis Cocker, Will Young, The Courteeners, Rag’n’Bone Man, Elbow and The xx.
With close relationships and partnerships with Salford City Council, the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), University of Salford and Greater Manchester Music Hub, the orchestra’s learning projects offer people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities the opportunity to develop musical interests and skills.

Embracing new technology, the orchestra works closely with BBC North’s pioneering digital teams to explore and develop new ways for audiences to experience orchestral music.

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Chief Conductor - Omer Meir Wellber

Chief Guest Conductor - John Storgards

Principal Guest Conductor - Ben Gernon

Composer in Association - Mark Simpson

Leader -Yuri Torchinsky

Role Responsibility

To sit as Sub Principal No. 3, 2nd violin, stepping up to No. 2 (Principal) 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.

This job requires travelling throughout the UK and touring as well as evening and weekend work patterns.

To be an effective and committed team player, demonstrating leadership as required, and to play a full role in the life of the Orchestra.

Are you the right candidate?

You will need to demonstrate:

  • excellent professional orchestral playing abilities.
  • knowledge of the range of repertoire of the BBC Philharmonic.
  • ability to contribute to performances that will meet the highest artistic standards.
  • ability to work effectively and flexibly within a diverse team environment.
  • respect for others by being fully prepared and ready to play at the start of every session.
  • awareness of health and safety issues. 


The deadline for applications is Friday 21 June.

Applicants should apply via the BBC Careers Hub website by uploading a CV (without photographs); please contact if you have any queries relating to your application

For Careers Hub technical issues, please ring the Careers Hub Support team in the first instance on: 0370 024 3477 

Package Description

Continuing contract


Auditions Information

Auditions will be held in London on Tuesday 6 August, and in the BBC Philharmonic’s studio at MediaCityUK on Monday 30 September and Tuesday 1 October.

Applicants will be required to prepare the 1st movement of a Mozart concerto, the 1st movement from a contrasting concerto, prepared excerpts and sight-reading. An accompanist will be provided on the day.


Application Instructions

Applicants should apply via the BBC Careers Hub website by uploading a CV (without photographs);

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.

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, sexuality, social 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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