What’s this? BBC to start new orchestra

What’s this? BBC to start new orchestra


norman lebrecht

March 06, 2015

At a time when the future of BBC orchestra is under scrutiny, the following notice has appeared on one of the BBC’s public-engagement websites:

The Orchestra

| BBC Three

Are you a talented classical musician looking for your next big career opportunity?

Do you have the skill, passion, and drive to be part of a groundbreaking new orchestra?

Do you want to shake up stereotypes and help bring classical music to a new generation?

Are you a big personality with something to say on-and-off stage?

We’re developing an exciting new series for BBC Three and we’re looking for performers in the following areas to make up a brand new chamber orchestra:

• Strings
• Brass
• Woodwind
• Percussion

If you are interested or would like to find out more please contact us.

The Orchestra is produced for the BBC by Buccaneer Media.

To apply

Age limit: You must be 18 years of age and over.

Please include your name, current age, what instrument you play and your music qualifications along with why you would like to be considered for the programme.

Email: music@buccaneermedia.com

Closing date: 24 April 2015

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  • SDReader says:

    Looks like you would be working for Buccaneer Media whose website is a black splat.

  • SVM says:

    I see no mention in the advertisement about the fee on offer to the members of this new orchestra — judging by the context in which this advertisement appears, I cannot help suspecting this could be because there is no fee, in which case I hope that the ISM and the MU would be complaining to the BBC in the strongest terms.

  • DLowe says:

    I don’t think it’s going to be a permanent institution.

  • Iain Scott says:

    For goodness sake rejoice. BBC3 has a great record of engaged g with a young audience. Anything that gets orchestral music to that audience must be welcomed. Furthermore this seems to be a programme showing and explains what it is like to be an orchestral musician.
    I think it’s a great idea and should be warmly applauded.
    Doubtless the classical music sour pusses will not just think but say otherwise.

  • David Boxwell says:

    Us kidz are, like, massively stoked at vis news! We don’t want no uncool bands like what posh old people listen to, we wanna, like, listen to vis Passionate Groundbreaking Publicly-Engaged New Orchestra!

  • Dave K says:

    BBC3. That and the qualities they are looking for says it all.

    Maybe Gareth Malone is trying to break into orchestral conducting.

  • baron z says:

    Will it be conducted by Stephen Fry or French and Saunders?