Section Leader Cello


from £39,909

Application Deadline

Job description

The CBSO is seeking to appoint a Section Leader for the Cello section, sharing the responsibilities with the current Section Leader, Eduardo Vassallo.  The two Section Leaders will share the leading responsibilities and will work together, also sitting No. 2 to each other when required. In addition to orchestral performances the two Section Leaders will manage the section, attend auditions, sit on appointment panels and attend Section Leader meetings.

The current section is as follows:

Section Leaders: Eduardo Vassallo and 1 vacant

1 Principal position: Hetty Snell

3 Sub-Principal positions

4 Tutti positions

The CBSO offer a range of Continuous Professional Development opportunities to its musicians which includes work across the CBSO’s Learning and 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 leading a Cello section 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.

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
  • 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
  • Willing and able to work co-operatively and to develop positive working relationships 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
  • Demonstrate being able to lead a Cello section

Desirable skills

  • Proven expertise in a broad range of musical and performance activities including education work and chamber music
  • Considerable recent orchestral experience as a professional cellist


Rachel Lockwood



0121 616 6500