Bass Trombone Principal


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Package Description

Contract type: Permanent 
Location: Glasgow 

Please note that if you are successfully shortlisted auditions will take place on Tuesday 22nd 0900 - 1600 and Wednesday 23rd March 0900 - 1600 

For roles which are open to flexible working arrangements, should you be successful, we can discuss different options.  For more details on the BBC Flexible Working Policy visit   

The BBC is keen to continue to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people across the BBC, while continuing to protect our services while the coronavirus is still an issue. Until further notice all assessments and interviews will be conducted remotely. For more information go to  

Job Introduction

We have an exciting opportunity for a Bass Trombone Principal player to join the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra is renowned as one of the UK’s most brilliant and versatile orchestras. Formed in 1935 and based at Glasgow’s City Halls since 2006, the Orchestra has a rich history of performing, broadcasting, recording and touring in Scotland, the UK and overseas. 

Thomas Dausgaard has been Chief Conductor since 2016 and established a Composer Roots series, which places classical works in context through collaborations with folk musicians, students and choirs, and a Scottish Inspirations series of BBC commissions from leading contemporary composers. The Orchestra undertakes an ambitious programme of touring – most recently to Japan and Austria in 2019 – 

and recording, with a planned complete set of Bartók’s orchestral works underway with Thomas Dausgaard.


During the global pandemic, the BBC SSO broadcast and streamed live and recorded concerts from City Halls with guest artists including Steven Isserlis, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Imogen Cooper, Steven Osborne and Sir Mark Elder; staged an online version of Tectonics, its festival of new and experimental music; and created Tunes for Tots, an online series for young children, with its Associate Artist Lucy Drever.


It has long championed new music and has established strong links with local communities through its learning and outreach programmes. It is a partner in Big Noise, Scotland’s project for social change through music; it plays a major role in the BBC’s Ten Pieces initiative; and it maintains a close association with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, working across a variety of disciplines with conductors, composers, soloists and orchestral players.

It is a recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society Award and of four Gramophone awards, and maintains a busy schedule of broadcasts for BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio Scotland, BBC television and online.

Please note that if you are successfully shortlisted auditions will take place on Tuesday 22nd 0900 - 1600 and Wednesday 23rd March 0900 - 1600 

Main Responsibilities

  • Sit as Bass Trombone Principal and doubling as required.
  • Maintain the high standard of professional playing and musical and artistic excellence required by the Orchestra.
  • Familiarise oneself with the relevant parts, including solos, in advance of the first rehearsal and performances.
  • Support professionally any Leaders and Conductors engaged by the Orchestra.
  • Take responsibility for the style, intonation, balance, ensemble, rhythm and preparation of the section in conjunction with Leaders and the Chief Conductor.
  • Foster an environment in which artistic excellence flourishes.
  • Develop and support positive working relationships with all other members of the Orchestra, the section and any freelance players engaged by the Orchestra.
  • Participate in audition panels (to include writing audition reports), trial assessment meetings, orchestral and artistic meetings as required with due regard for confidentiality.
  • Engage in the general activities of the Orchestra, such as attendance at meetings, promotional activity, outreach and learning work*, and to act as an ambassador for the BBC/Orchestra during these activities.
  • Be a role model for BBC Values and to work in accordance with the BBC/MU Agreement, the Information for Orchestral Players Handbook and all other BBC policies and guidelines.
  • Support all the BBC’s policies on managing people and diversity, including participation in Personal Development Reviews and training.
  • Work in accordance with the BBC’s Health and Safety guidelines and policy. 

Are you the right candidate?

Our ideal candidate will have outstanding professional orchestral and solo playing abilities.

You will have knowledge of the repertoire of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

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 motivation.

You will have effective people and performance management skills, including the ability to give constructive feedback, deal with sensitive issues and to make difficult decisions.

Good interpersonal skills and the ability to establish and develop harmonious working relationships with a diverse range of people is essential.

We require you to demonstrate commitment to maintain the reputation of the Orchestra.

We expect you to participate actively as part of a diverse team and supportive of colleagues and respecting others by being fully prepared and ready to play at the start of every session.

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, 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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