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Section Violins

We are inviting applications for four Section Violin vacancies. These are positions 7, 8, 18 and 19 on the fixing list.

These positions will cover the OAE’s core Baroque & Classical repertoire but may also include Romantic repertoire according to the candidate’s experience and interests. Experience in historically informed performance is essential.

Successful applicants will be invited to audition and/or trial on dates to be confirmed. Further information on the selection process with dates will be e-mailed following a review of all applications.

Some applicants may be asked to submit a video recording of themselves as a preliminary measure prior to the audition selection process. These applicants will be notified of this request shortly after the application deadline.

Candidates should e-mail the completed application form and completed equal opportunities form to recruitment@oae.co.uk In addition, two references should be sent directly from the referees to Ella Harriss ella.harriss@oae.co.uk (full details on the application form).

Application deadline: Monday 10th September 2018

Download application form

Download audition repertoire

Download equal opportunities form


The OAE is a freelance, period instrument orchestra specialising in, but not exclusively limited to, repertoire from the ‘Age of Enlightenment’ from the Baroque, Classical and Romantic tradition. It is a self-governing orchestra and all members are expected to take an active part in the governance and promotion of the orchestra.

The OAE operates rotating section seating so applicants should expect to play in both the first and second violin sections.

In June the OAE celebrates the end of its 2015/16 30th birthday season at the Southbank Centre followed by performances during the summer at Glyndebourne Festival Opera and the BBC Proms, as well as touring nationally and internationally. Off the concert platform, the OAE has a vibrant education programme and its administrative headquarters are based at Kings Place, one of Europe’s leading cultural landmarks.