Association of British Orchestras

Orchestra Director

BBC Concert Orchestra Depending on Experience Closing date 13 April 2021
The Director-General of the BBC has announced that the BBC Concert Orchestra will move its base to a location that is outside of the M25 as part of a long term vision to establish the Orchestra as an exemplar for new models of what an orchestra can become in the 21st Century. The intention is to build on its current artistic focus and to establish a ground-breaking permanent mentoring and development element built on increasing diversity and inclusion in the orchestral sector.

The BBC CO has been at the heart of the nation’s popular broadcasting for nearly 70 years, most famously in Radio 2’s Friday (now Sunday) Night is Music Night.

With concerts and broadcasts alongside the world’s most beloved artists and appearances at iconic venues such as Buckingham Palace, Wimbledon’s All England Lawn Tennis Club and the 40,000 strong Proms in the Park at Hyde Park, the BBCCO is no stranger to the biggest of occasions.

As an Associate Orchestra at London’s Southbank Centre, the orchestra’s own promoted series of concerts have embraced new commissions, contemporary collaborations and repertoire that may surprise some, as in 2013’s The Rest is Noise season showed.

Famed for its versatility as an ensemble, the CO has recorded many award-winning BBC TV programmes, including the original Blue Planet trilogy soundtrack and on-screen in Flashmob the Opera and Maestro.

Annual BBC Proms appearances, Radio 2 and Radio 3 broadcasts, commercial audio recordings and international tours are integrated with community, outreach and educational projects.

We are looking for a Director who can take the CO out of lockdown and develop a vision to deliver the transformation of the CO into something unique in the UK. An orchestra that is truly of the 21st century, harnessing all the BBC can provide and unafraid to be radical and bold in order to bring diversity more fully than ever before into the orchestral sector and to connect with audiences and communities in new ways as a pioneering community of world-class musicians.

The right candidate is likely to have proven business skills, combining commercial flair and the ability to manage the orchestra within the internal BBC market. Crucial to success in the role will be the ability to deliver change on a significant scale. They will also be able to demonstrate a combination of the following qualities:

- Commitment to the BBC’s public purposes
- Excellent leadership skills, including the ability to motivate large groups of staff and to provide clear strategic direction, and to develop and lead change.
- Comprehensive understanding of the music and performances sectors with a good knowledge of orchestral repertoire, including contemporary and popular music, as well as conductors and soloists
- A commitment to have diversity and inclusion at the heart of all decisions and to engage communities through education and outreach work.
- A commitment to delivering excellence and quality in all aspects of the orchestra's work and customer relations

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