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C19 Tutti 2nd Violin x 2

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

Job Introduction


Auditions will be held in late March/early April 2020 (exact dates tbc) at BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff. Auditions will be held in two rounds and both rounds will take place within the candidate’s scheduled time slot.

For Round 1 (screened), candidates will be required to prepare and play the following:

  • First movement of a Mozart Concerto (no cadenza)
  • First movement of a 19th or 20th Century Concerto (no cadenza)

Round 2 (unscreened) is at the discretion of the panel. Should a candidate be required for Round 2, they will be required to prepare and play the following:

  • Prepared orchestral excerpts
  • Sight reading, given on the day


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.  We are proud to work with an outstanding group of conductors including Principal Conductor Designate, Ryan Bancroft and Conductor Laureate, Tadaaki Otaka.


BBC NOW is seeking to appoint two Tutti Second Violins. The current second violin section comprises 12 players including the Section Principal (trials ongoing) and Assistant Principal (Jane Sinclair). A Tutti Second Violin will play as required by orchestration and work in accordance with 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 also 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.



  • Highly reputable classical music training
  • Recent orchestral experience as a professional violinist
  • Commitment to delivering a very high standard of work


  • Proven expertise in a broad range of musical & performance activities including education and studio soundtrack work
  • Extensive experience of having held a permanent contractual position as a violinist


  • Excellent communication and organisational skills
  • Self-motivated and able to work under pressure
  • Ability to work co-operatively as part of a team
  • Willing to develop positive working relationships with other members of the orchestra and the management team


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

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.

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, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 25 days holiday with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

2 x Permanent contracts

About the BBC

The BBC is committed to redeploying employees seeking suitable alternative employment within the BBC for different reasons and they will be given priority consideration ahead of other applicants.  Priority consideration means for those employees seeking redeployment their application will be considered alongside anyone else at risk of redundancy, prior to any individuals being considered who are not at risk.

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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