Principal Trombone (No.2)


Number of Positions:
Contract Type:
Permanent – Full Time
£40,683 per annum
Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff
Closing Date:
Job Category:
BBC Region / Division:
Nations and Regions
BBC Business Unit:
N&R - Wales

Package Description

Please note, the application process for this role is in two parts. Candidates will need to register on BBC Careers Hub and apply via the 'Apply for this job' button and complete the downloadable application form.

Please also download the online application form, complete this and submit it to Nick Olsen, Orchestra Administrator ( by the closing date.

The closing date is 5pm (UK time) on Friday 15th July 2022.


  • Relevance of orchestral experience
  • Engagement in wider musical activities
  • Level of musical training

The criteria for subsequent rounds of the process will be communicated to candidates in advance.


Those shortlisted for a live, in-person audition will be contacted via email as soon as possible after the closing date.

Live, in-person auditions will be held on 13th and 14th September 2022 at BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff Bay.

Excerpt booklets for live auditions and details of what to expect on the audition day will be sent to shortlisted candidates in advance.

If you have any queries, or if you require any of the audition materials in an alternative format, please contact Nick Olsen, Orchestra Administrator (


Job Introduction

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.

Main Responsibilities

BBC NOW is seeking to appoint an Principal Trombone (No.2). The trombone section comprises of 3 players including the Section Principal, Donal Bannister, and Principal Bass Trombone, Darren Smith.

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.

Are you the right candidate?


  • Excellent professional orchestral and solo playing abilities;
  • Knowledge of the range of repertoire of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales;
  • Recent orchestral experience as a professional trombone player;
  • Commitment to delivering a very high standard of work;
  • An effective and committed team player, demonstrating leadership as required, and to play a full role in the life of BBC NOW; and
  • Ability to play alto trombone and a willingness to play a variety of different styles of trombone (e.g. narrow bores, Germans) would be highly desirable.


  • 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.


This job advertisement and any audition materials can be provided in Welsh upon request.

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