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Principal Viola (No3)

Career stage: Senior

What is the role?

Title: Principal Viola (No3)

Department: Orchestra

Location: Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Responsible to: Orchestra Manager

Contract: Full time, permanent


Principal Role

  • To perform as Principal Viola (No3) with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in a range of musical styles and genres, orchestra and ensemble size
  • To have excellent orchestral, chamber and solo playing abilities, maintaining this to the highest musical standards
  • To perform in the Orchestra at venues throughout the UK and on foreign tours, involving regular evening and weekend working

Whilst this position does not require the Musician to work exclusively with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, it is expected that the Orchestra will have priority on the Musician’s availability.

In accordance with Liverpool Philharmonic’s policy regarding unpaid leave, this must be agreed in advance by the Orchestra Management team and is subject to the scheduling requirements of the Orchestra.

Key Responsibilities

  • To play Viola as part of the viola section and exemplify musical excellence at all times
  • To sit up to Associate Principal and Section Leader as required
  • To be fully prepared and familiar with programmed repertoire, including solos, in advance of rehearsals, recordings and performances
  • Participate in a positive and supportive atmosphere within the viola section
  • Uphold and model the highest standards of professional etiquette during all rehearsals, performances and recordings
  • Participate in informal 1-2-1 meetings with the Section Leader Viola to discuss musical & artistic performance and proactively explore training/personal development opportunities
  • Attendance at meetings including Recruitment Panels and Company Briefings
  • Ambassadorial duties such as attending development or donor events
  • To comply with Liverpool Philharmonic’s Health and Safety policies and guidance

The successful candidate is likely to be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Excellent professional playing abilities both orchestral and solo
  • Knowledge and experience of performing symphonic repertoire
  • Ability to lead and work collaboratively as part of a team
  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to work as part of a team with a diverse range of people
  • Awareness of Health and Safety issues in general and specifically regarding noise

Orchestral Excerpts

You will be asked to submit a video of the repertoire below within the application portal:


MENDELSSOHN A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Scherzo

Liverpool Philharmonic

Musician, Orchestra, Performing
North West
£41,654 p.a
Apply by
Mon 10 Jun, 2024

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