Principal Cor Anglais, BBC Symphony Orchestra

Principal Cor Anglais, BBC Symphony Orchestra London, England

Full Time London, England 34000 - 42163 GBP ANNUAL Today
Job description

Job Introduction

The BBC Symphony Orchestra is one of the UK’s leading orchestras. It has played a central role at the heart of British musical life for over 90 years and has a high profile both in the UK and on the international stage. The BBC SO has an outstanding reputation for its performances of a wide range of music with particular emphasis on 20th century and contemporary music; each year giving the world premieres of a number of works commissioned by BBC Radio 3.

As the flagship orchestra of the BBC, the BBC SO makes at least a dozen appearances each year at the BBC Proms, including the First and Last Nights. All BBC SO concerts are broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and a number are televised, giving it the highest broadcast profile of any UK orchestra.

The BBC SO gives frequent performances under its present Chief Conductor Sakari Oramo, Semyon Bychkov and Conductor Laureate Sir Andrew Davis & Artist in Association Jules Buckley. In addition the Orchestra performs regularly with many other international conductors and soloists. The BBC SO is Associate Orchestra of the Barbican in London and performs an annual concert season there of up to 25 concerts, including a number of concerts and events focusing on a single composer. Recent seasons have also seen the BBC SO embark upon a series of critically acclaimed performances of opera in concert. The BBC SO performs at a number of music festivals both in the UK and abroad, and undertakes regular major overseas tours.

Studio recordings play an important role in the Orchestra’s life, both for BBC Radio 3 and for commercial recording companies, whilst a strong commitment to community and outreach work involves the Orchestra in a number of adventurous learning projects working with schools and members of the local community

Main Responsibilities

Job Purpose

To sit as Principal Cor Anglais, doubling as required.

To have excellent solo and orchestral playing abilities, maintaining the highest musical standards.

To be an effective and committed team player, demonstrating leadership as required, and to play a full role in the life of the Orchestra.

This job requires travelling throughout the UK and touring overseas as well as evening and weekend work patterns.



We will remove video for anonymity – the panel will only have access to your audio.

Please play the following excerpts (in this order):


1. BERLIOZ: Overture “Rob Roy”

2. MAHLER: Kindertotenlieder 3. Wenn dein Mütterlein

3. DEBUSSY: Nocturnes, 2. Fêtes


4. STRAUSS: Till Eulenspiegels Lustige Streiche

After the pre-recorded/online audition:

The audition panel will hear your 1st round audition without video, in order to replicate the conditions of screened live auditions.

Shortlisted candidates will then be invited to live 2nd round (screened) auditions. Auditions are likely to be held in London between April 26 and 28 2023.

Repertoire for the 2nd round audition will include:

1. VERDI: A Masked Ball (CA)

  • Act 2, Fig 9 to end of scene

2. DVOŘÁK: Symphony No. 9 (CA)

- 2nd movement - Largo

3. FALLA: The Three Cornered Hat (CA)

  • The Miller’s Dance (Fig. 1 to Fig. 2)

4. RESPIGHI: Pini di Roma (CA)

  • 4. I Pini della Via Appia, 4 bars before 19 to end of solo at 20

5. RAVEL: Piano Concerto in G (CA)

  • 2nd movement, Fig. 6 to Fig. 9

6. RAVEL: Le Tombeau de Couperin (Oboe and CA)

  • 2. Forlance, Fig.10 to end of movement

7. DEBUSSY: La Mer (CA)

  • 3 before Fig. 1 to 6 before Fig. 2
  • Fig. 7 to Fig. 8
  • Fig.12 to Fig.14
  • 1 before Fig.23 to Fig.25

8. STRAVINSKY: Le Sacre de Printemps (CA)

  • Fig. 2 to Fig. 4
  • Fig. 6 to Fig. 7
  • 3rd bar of 129 to Fig.136

A final list, and PDF of parts will be sent out nearer the time.

Following the 2nd round auditions, some candidates may be invited for trial periods of work with the BBC SO.


In line with our commitment to diversity and inclusion, please do not include dates or names of teachers in your application form

Closing date – SUNDAY 12TH MARCH 2023


Please click on this link to take you through to the application process:

About the BBC

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

Package Description

Contract type: Continuing (permanent) contract
Location: Maida Vale Studios, London W9

We offer:

  • 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, with a maximum of 2,080 hours work scheduled per year. There will normally be a maximum of 31 playing hours in a week and 26 days holiday (1 of which is a corporation day,) a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

Principal Cor Anglais, BBC Symphony Orchestra
London, United Kingdom
Tim Davie
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10000+ Employees
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