Tenor, BBC Singers

Job Introduction

As a vital resource in the BBC’s music output, the BBC Singers hold a unique position in British musical life. Performing everything from Byrd to Birtwistle, Tallis to Takemitsu, their versatility is second to none.

The choir’s unrivalled expertise in performing the latest contemporary scores has brought about creative relationships with some of the most important composers and conductors of the 20th and 21st centuries – including Poulenc, Britten, Boulez and Birtwistle. In addition, the BBC Singers frequently collaborate with artists of all musical genres and art forms which recently have included projects with Laura Mvula, Carleen Anderson, Katie Melua, Clare Teal, Alan Bennett, Simon Callow, Sam West, Jess Gillam, East London Dance, Akademi, Kabantu and the Nu Civilisation Orchestra.

Based at the BBC’s Maida Vale Studios, the BBC Singers perform all over the UK and abroad, working regularly with the BBC’s own orchestras, as well as a number of period-instrument and contemporary music ensembles. Equally at home on the concert platform as in the recording studio, this world-class ensemble is committed to sharing its enthusiasm and creative expertise through its nationwide outreach programme. This includes regular collaborations with schoolchildren, youth choirs and the amateur choral community, as well as with the professional composers, singers and conductors of tomorrow.

Please click on the following to see some of our recent performances in 2020

Laura Mvula’s ‘Sing To The Moon’

First Night of the Proms 2020

‘Curse Upon Iron’ with East London Dance 


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Role Responsibility

You will be required to rehearse and perform, both as part of the ensemble and solo when required. This includes evening and weekend work as well as travelling throughout the UK and touring.  You'll maintain the highest standard of professional singing, musical and artistic excellence required by the BBC Singers.   You will also develop and support positive working relationships with all other members of the BBC Singers team, especially your section, and with freelance singers, conductors and musicians engaged by the BBC Singers.  You'll also engage in the general activities of the BBC Singers, such as attendance at meetings, promotional activity, outreach and learning work and to act as an ambassador for the BBC Singers at all times.

The Ideal Candidate

You'll need to have excellent professional choral and solo singing abilities and knowledge of the range of repertoire of the BBC Singers. You will also need to have good interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively as part of a diverse team.  You will be required to demonstrate a high commitment to maintain the reputation and standard of the BBC Singers and have respect for others by being ready to perform at the start of every session.

Application Instruction:  

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Package Description

Contract type:          Continuing contract - 1 x full-time role or 2 x 50% job-shares

Location:                  Maida Vale, London. 


We’re happy to discuss flexible working. Please indicate your choice under the flexible working question in the application. There is no obligation to raise this at the application stage but if you wish to do so, you are welcome to. Flexible working will be part of the discussion at offer stage.

  • Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and work in different areas of the organisation.
  • Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
  • Benefits - We offer a competitive salary package, 26 days (1 of which is a corporation day) with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

The situation regarding the coronavirus outbreak is developing quickly and the BBC is keen to continue to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people across the BBC, while continuing to protect our services. To reduce the risk access to BBC buildings is limited to those essential to our broadcast output. From Wednesday 18th March until further notice all assessments and interviews will be conducted remotely. For more information go to

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.

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, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic 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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