Section Leader Oboe


from £40,909

Application Deadline

Job description

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra is seeking to appoint a Section Leader Oboe to its woodwind section.

The current Oboe section is as follows:

Section Leader:  Position Vacant
Principal Second Oboe: Emmet Byrne
Principal Cor Anglais: Rachael Pankhurst

In addition to playing everything from baroque to contemporary music and from large scale opera to light music, the successful candidate will also manage the section, attend auditions, sit on recruitment panels and attend Section Leader meetings.  The CBSO tune to A440Hz.

As well as having the opportunity to play in the Chamber Music series, 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..

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.

Auditions will be held in June 2019.

How to apply

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

Isabel Turienzo, 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
  • Innovative and creative character with a broad outlook focused on enhancing the artistic quality of the CBSO and the CBSO woodwind section
  • 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 education work and chamber music
  • Experience of leading an orchestral oboe section
  • Considerable recent orchestral experience as a professional oboist


Isabel Turienzo



0121 616 6500