Principal Harp


£36,364 / annum

Application Deadline (Audition Dates TBC)

Job description

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra is seeking to appoint a Principal Harp.

The Principal Harpist will play as required by orchestration and as required within the terms of the CBSO/MU contract.  Annual salary is £36,364.

The CBSO offer a range of Continuous Professional Development opportunities to its musicians which includes work across the CBSO’s Learning & Participation Programme: Music & Ability (Disability Provision), Higher Education, Developing Talent, Families, Youth & Communities, Youth Orchestra and Choruses as well as chamber music opportunities. 

Candidates should have experience of performing in symphony orchestras and evidence through their CV of excellence in performance in a professional context.  The CBSO will also consider candidates who are in the early stages of their career and can clearly demonstrate their potential to fulfil the role.

The CBSO owns a Horngacher Harp, which may be used by the CBSO Harpist.

How to apply

Please complete and return your application and equal opportunities form to:

Rachel Lockwood, Assistant Orchestra Manager

By post: CBSO, CBSO Centre, Berkley Street, Birmingham B1 2LF


You may also optionally include a CV with your application.

Essential skills

  • Highly reputable classical music training
  • Recent orchestral experience as a professional harpist
  • Commitment to delivering a very high standard of work
  • Excellent communication and organisational skills
  • Self-motivated, reliable and able to work under pressure
  • Ability to work co-operatively as part of a team
  • Ability to develop positive working relationships including with other members of the orchestra and the management / administrative team
  • Respect for others demonstrated by being fully prepared to play at the start of every session
  • Ability to understand and to speak English

Desirable skills

  • Proven expertise in a broad range of musical and performance activities including chamber music and solo performance
  • Willingness to engage in the orchestra’s Learning & Participation / Education programmes


Rachel Lockwood



0121 616 6500