Assistant Leader First Violin


Freelance daily rate by negotiation

Application Deadline

Job description

The CBSO is seeking a violinist to sit No3 in the First Violin section including sitting up to no.2 and leading as required by invitation.

The CBSO offer a range of opportunities outside the main orchestra schedule which includes: participation and programming of Chamber Music through the musician-led CBSO Centre Stage Series; work across the CBSO’s Learning and Participation Programme: Stay Tuned (Schools Programme), Music & Ability (Disability Provision), Higher Education, Developing Talent, Families, Youth & Communities, Enrichment, Youth Orchestra and Choruses opportunities.

Candidates should ideally have experience of leading a Violin section and evidence through their CV of excellence in performance in a professional context. The CBSO will also consider candidates who are in the earlier stages of their career and can clearly demonstrate their potential to fulfil the role.

Audition Dates to be confirmed

How to apply

Submit an application form and equal opportunities form (download below) to CVs can also be included with applications.

Essential skills

  • Excellent communication and organisational skills
  • Recent orchestral experience as a professional violinist
  • Demonstrate being able to lead as this may be required on occasion
  • Ability to work closely with other members of the section and the orchestra in a positive and collaborative environment.
  • Self-motivator and able to work under pressure
  • Ability to understand and to speak English

Desirable skills

  • Proven expertise in a broad range of musical and performance activities including education work and chamber music
  • Recent orchestral experience as First Violin sitting in a principal position.
  • Self-motivator and able to work under pressure


Alan Johnson



0121 616 6500