Sub Principal No. 3 Viola

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Job Introduction

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, developing exciting, distinctive and memorable experiences for all ages.  The Orchestra is supported by the Arts Council of Wales, and forms part of BBC Wales.  BBC National Orchestra of Wales 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.  Having given its first performance in April 1928 the orchestra celebrates its 90th birthday in 2018.  We are proud to work with an outstanding group of conductors including Principal Thomas Søndergård, Principal Guest Xian Zhang and Laureate Tadaaki Otaka.     


Sub Principal No. 3 Viola


BBC NOW is seeking to appoint a Sub Principal No. 3 Viola.  The current first viola section comprises 10 players including the Section Principal (Rebecca Jones) and Assistant Principal (Alexander Thorndike).  A Sub Principal No. 3 Viola will sit as No. 3 in the BBC National Orchestra of Wales Viola section, and sit No. 2 and lead the section if required within the parameters of the BBC/MU Orchestras Agreement.  Candidates should have experience of performing in symphony orchestras and evidence through their application of excellence in performance in a professional context.  BBC NOW will consider candidates who are in the early stages of their career and can clearly show potential to fulfil the role.  The ideal candidate will be an exceptional player and able to demonstrate commitment to delivering a very high standard of work.

The BBC is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. 


Auditions will be held in October 2018 (exact dates tbc) at BBC Hoddinott Hall.

Candidates will be required to prepare and play 2 pieces (1. Hoffmeister or Stamitz Concerto [1st movt only, no cadenza] 2. Walton or Bartók or Hindemith ‘Der Schwanendreher’ Concerto [1st movt only, no cadenza]) accompanied on piano, perform orchestral excerpts from a booklet provided in advance, and will be issued sight-reading.

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

Package Description

For this role

(d) Welsh language skills are not necessary

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.


Principal Conductor:  Thomas Søndergård

Principal Guest Conductor: Xian Zhang


Sub Principal No.3 Viola

About the Company

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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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