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Royal Northern Sinfonia Positions

Posted on 3 March 2017

“There’s no better chamber orchestra in Britain.” Andrew Clements, The Guardian

Royal Northern Sinfonia is the orchestra of the North East of England, based at Sage Gateshead.

It has built a distinctive reputation as a fresh thinking, versatile ensemble, performing repertoire spanning four centuries and regularly commissioning new work. The orchestra’s Music Director is acclaimed pianist and conductor Lars Vogt, with Julian Rachlin as Principal Guest Conductor, and Thomas Zehetmair as Conductor Laureate completing the list of titled artists.

Concerts, broadcasts, recordings, learning & participation projects, and touring, all form part of the orchestra’s busy annual schedule, as do regular chamber music projects for all orchestra members. This season the orchestra toured internationally to France and Brazil. Away from the classical mainstream, Royal Northern Sinfonia has worked with the Pet Shop Boys and Sting, and presented UK tours with John Grant, Ben Folds, Efterklang and Joanna Newsom.

This cross-genre work is typical of the ethos of Royal Northern Sinfonia’s home, Sage Gateshead, a Norman Foster-designed music centre on the banks of the Tyne. Rated by Lorin Maazel among the top five concert halls in the world for its excellent acoustics, Sage Gateshead presents a varied and exciting mix of classical, popular & contemporary and folk performances, as well as hosting one of the largest and most wide-ranging Learning & Participation programmes in the UK.

Currently the following opportunities exist for musicians of outstanding calibre and commitment to join this exceptional orchestra based in Gateshead.

Principal First Violin (No. 3) – £32,256 to £37,078, Reference 71093

Section Leader Cello – £37,448 to £38,969, Reference 71094

Section Leader Clarinet – £37,448 to £38,969, Reference 71095

How to Apply

Please send a full CV and the Monitoring Form to

Monitoring Form (PDF)
Monitoring Form (Word)

Audition excerpts will be emailed on application.

Auditions will be held on the following dates:

Strings – 31st May.
Clarinet – 1st June.

All auditions will be held at Sage Gateshead, St. Mary Square, Gateshead Quay, Gateshead, NE8 2JR.

Closing date for applications 7th April.

Please note: Royal Northern Sinfonia is unable to accept applications from candidates who are not eligible to work in the UK. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct documentation, including a work permit if appropriate.

Reference numbers
Each post has an individual recruitment reference number, quoted on the website and in the accompanying documentation. Please ensure that this number is quoted on your CV and in any correspondence with us.

Personal Details
Please be sure to provide up to date contact details, and inform us should you change any of your personal information during the recruitment process.

Please be sure to give full contact information for two referees. We will only contact the referees of those individuals who are offered an audition. References will be provided to the selection panel at interview and form part of the selection process.

Educational and employment history
Please be sure to list your educational and employment history fully, starting with the most recent events. Where you have worked with other orchestras and ensembles on a freelance basis please give as much information as possible about the length of time you have been working with any orchestra and ensemble, the type of work you have been doing with them and, if possible, a percentage of their overall work that you take on.

Monitoring data
The information you provide in this section is used for the purposes of equal opportunities monitoring, and does not form part of the selection process. North Music Trust is committed to being an equal opportunities employer. We encourage enquiries and applications from all sections of the large and varied community to which we belong, and we seek to recruit a team of staff that reflects our surrounding community.

Disability Discrimination Act 1995
The act defines a disability as a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long term effect in the ability to carry out normal day to day activities. Should you require any further guidance on this please contact Human Resources on 0191 443 5259 for an informal discussion.

Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974
Due to the nature of the work that Sage Gateshead undertakes some posts are considered to be exempt from the above act. Please ensure that you disclose all unspent convictions and other relevant information to us. Any information provided will be treated in the strictest of confidence and will be considered only if the disclosure is relevant to the post for which you are applying. Should you require any further guidance on this please contact Human Resources on 0191 443 5259 for an informal discussion.