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OAE Co-Principal Bassoon

 The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment is currently trialling for the position of Co-Principal Bassoon and invites applications.

We are looking for a Baroque specialist but are also keen to hear from candidates who cover broader repertoire. Experience in historically informed performance on period instruments is essential.

Successful applicants will be invited to audition and/or trial on dates to be confirmed.

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.

Highly qualified and experienced candidates should e-mail the completed application form to Sarah Irving sarah.irving@oae.co.uk. In addition, two references should be sent directly from the referees to Sarah Irving (full details on the application form).

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Application deadline: 10am, Friday 24 February 2017



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.


In June the OAE celebrates the end of its 2015–2016 30th Birthday Season at 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.