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Section Leader Double Bass

Career stage: Senior

Purpose of the Roles and Person Specification

We are looking to appoint a dynamic and enthusiastic musician of the highest international calibre to the position of Section Leader Double Bass.

As one of five string Section Leader positions in the orchestra, the Section Leader Double Bass is one of the key roles in Royal Northern Sinfonia. The successful candidate will be able to form a cohesive team with string colleagues in orchestral programmes across repertoire ranging from the Baroque period to the music of today, while also displaying soloistic virtuosity and charisma in orchestral solos and solo concertos.

They will be a keen chamber music player and excited about the prospect of performing in many different formations under the banner of RNS, taking the lead where necessary. They will be determined to play their part in audience development, brimming with project ideas, and be a passionate communicator about classical music to different audiences in different settings. They will be as comfortable and at home in learning and participation environments as they are on the concert stage, and value both equally. They will want to play a full part in orchestral and musical life in Tyneside and see themselves as advocates for the orchestra and The Glasshouse ICM.


Responsibilities and Duties

The role will include, but is not limited to:

  • Rehearsals and performances in a range of venues and formats
  • Media work, digital projects and commercial recordings
  • Chamber music and ensemble performances in a range of formations
  • Solo repertoire / formal recitals
  • Directing performances of works where appropriate
  • Working as part of a team to create new performance formats
  • Section Leader meetings and other orchestral committee work
  • Attending reception and speaking to audience members, individually and from the stage

Creative Learning is a vital part of The Glasshouse ICM and of the orchestra’s work. Duties within this area can include, but are not limited to:

  • Informal chamber music performances and recitals in community or learning settings
  • Demonstration of instrument to a range of audiences
  • Introducing performances
  • Participating in planning and evaluation meetings
  • Coaching of individuals and ensembles, both adults and young people
  • Masterclasses
  • Engagement with The Glasshouse ICM Centre for Advanced Training, which includes two ‘In Harmony’ Schools and Young Sinfonia



Royal Northern Sinfonia

Musician, Orchestra, Performing
North East
SCP 23 £44,670
Apply by
Mon 22 Apr, 2024

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