Association of British Orchestras

Section Principal Clarinet

BBC National Orchestra & Chorus of Wales tbc Closing date 30 August 2021
Section Principal Clarinet, BBC National Orchestra of Wales

The 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. Education and community work is central to the organisation, 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 Wales’ National Concert Hall, St David's Hall, Cardiff. We are proud to work with an outstanding group of conductors including Principal Conductor, Ryan Bancroft and Conductor Laureate, Tadaaki Otaka.

Principal Conductor: Ryan Bancroft
Conductor Laureate: Tadaaki Otaka
Leader: Lesley Hatfield

BBC NOW is seeking to appoint a Section Principal Clarinet. The clarinet section comprises of 3 players including the Section Principal, alongside Principal Bass Clarinet (Lenny Sayers) and Sub-Principal Clarinet (vacant).

The successful candidate 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. We believe that diversity enhances and enriches the arts sector and drives innovation. We positively encourage applications from candidates from all backgrounds and, particularly, from groups who are currently under-represented in the sector.

The successful candidate will:
Have excellent professional orchestral and solo playing abilities;
Have the knowledge of the range of repertoire of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales;
Have the ability to both lead and work collaboratively to inspire and contribute to performances that meet the highest musical standards by providing artistic direction and by motivating members of the section;
Have effective people and performance management skills, including the ability to give constructive feedback, deal with sensitive issues and to make difficult decisions;
Have good interpersonal skills and the ability to establish and develop harmonious working relationships with a diverse range of people;
Have the ability to participate actively as part of a diverse team and supportive of colleagues; and
Demonstrate respect for others by being fully prepared and ready to play at the start of every session.

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

For full application process, shortlisting criteria and audition details please visit:

Contact details
07568 609545
BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, Wales

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