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Job Vacancy: Principal 2nd Violin and Sub Principal 2nd Violin

Application closing date: Friday 22nd July 2022, 9am

Posted on 27 May 2022


Based at Sage Gateshead, Royal Northern Sinfonia is the orchestra of the North East of England and Cumbria.

To appropriately serve audiences across this large and diverse region, which incorporates urban centres as well as sparsely populated rural areas, the orchestra has developed a unique flexibility in scale. Whilst all the musicians play as a symphonic ensemble together regularly, performing formations can range in size from chamber music groups to full ensemble.

As a full-time orchestra, the musicians of RNS are deeply rooted in their local communities in the North, and care passionately about making all music they perform accessible to the widest possible audiences. This increasingly is evolving into more participatory and co-created projects, and digital work. They also regularly take part in creative learning and schools projects, and have a special relationship with both Sage Gateshead’s Centre for Advanced Training for Young Musicians, and the two ‘In Harmony’ Schools in Tyneside.

At the heart of the orchestra’s work sits the music of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, but RNS are keen explorers of many other musical worlds, across periods of music history and genres. A recent addition to the orchestra, is its inclusive ensemble RNS Moves, comprised of disabled and non-disabled musicians, which even uses some digital instruments. What defines all RNS performances, whatever the notes, is a spirit of joy and infectious enthusiasm coupled with a deep desire to communicate.

RNS has been a key part of the cultural landscape of the North East for over 60 years, with past musical leadership including such luminaries as Ivan Fischer, Richard Hickox, Heinrich Schiff and Conductor Laureate Thomas Zehetmair. The orchestra has developed a distinctive tradition of working with play-directors, including Principal Artistic Partners Lars Vogt and Julian Rachlin, with whom it has toured extensively internationally, flying the flag for Tyneside and the North East.


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


Principal 2nd Violin

Salary – £34,913 per annum

Salary Scale Point – NS8


Sub Principal 2nd Violin

Salary – £32,563 per annum

Salary Scale Point – NS1


How to Apply

Our audition process will take place over three stages and by submitting an application you are confirming that you are available for all three of these stages. Please find all the information about each stage in our recruitment pack; this should give you everything you need to submit your final application. All live auditions will be held at Sage Gateshead, St. Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead, NE8 2JR.


Closing date for applications: Friday 22nd July 2022, 9am


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