Orchestra Leader (60% Contract)
The Ulster Orchestra

  • Part-time
  • Belfast
  • Closing Date: 30th April, 2024

We are excited to be recruiting an Orchestra Leader for the Ulster Orchestra on a 60% contract. This is a rare opportunity to be part of the leadership of our vibrant and dynamic orchestra.


As one of two Leaders, you will lead, motivate and inspire the orchestra through your outstanding ability and excellent leadership while embodying the culture and values of the Society.  


To be successful in your application you will be a professionally trained musician with a high-level experience of orchestral playing, demonstrating excellence in technique, capable of handling the major orchestral solos, and be able to technically advise members of the string section.  


Strong communication and collaboration skills are essential for this role, along with the proven ability to lead others through recent professional orchestral leadership experience. 


NB. The position is on a 60% contract which includes leading 50% of full orchestra work and participating in additional non-platform activities such as small ensembles, On Your Doorstep, Learning & Community Engagement and recruitment.  


Full details of the position, requirements and the selection process can be found in our recruitment pack which you can download from https://www.ulsterorchestra.org.uk/who-we-are/current-vacancies/orchestra-leader-(60-contract)/  


To apply, please submit your portfolio on Musical Chairs on or before the closing date, which is 30th April 2024. Applications will be shortlisted from 28th February 2024 onwards, and successful candidates will be invited to a live audition in Belfast, which will be held during April 2024 and June 2024. 


The appointment will be made on merit with openness and transparency of process.     


The Ulster Orchestra is committed to striving to be truly representative of all aspects of diversity and to offer a fully inclusive working environment. We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from all suitably qualified candidates, irrespective of age, disability, ethnicity, gender or gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation, socio-economic background.

About the Organisation

Founded in 1966, the Ulster Orchestra has been at the forefront of musical life in Northern Ireland and the Orchestra’s full-time musicians form the region’s only professional symphony orchestra.

In 2022, the Ulster Orchestra appointed Daniele Rustioni as its Music Director, after three Seasons as Chief Conductor, a role which commenced at the start of the Orchestra’s 2019/20 Season. Rustioni joins a distinguished line of past principal conductors including Bryden Thomson, Vernon Handley, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Dimitry Sitkovetsky, Thierry Fischer, Kenneth Montgomery, JoAnn Faletta and, most recently, Rafael Payare.

With a mission to enrich the lives of people living in Northern Ireland, those visiting, and those who encounter it through international touring and regular radio and TV broadcasts with both BBC Northern Ireland and BBC Radio 3, the Orchestra strives for excellence in all it undertakes, be it regular concert performances, learning and community engagement programmes, or creative collaborations across the arts.

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