At ERSO we are looking to appoint a new Brass Section Leader who will have the chance to be a key member of a really good orchestra, build an amazing brass section, influence programme choices for our concerts and help to shape plans for ERSO’s future, working as part of our dynamic team of young section leaders.

This is a paid, self-employed role lasting for a 2-year period starting with the first concert of the 2019-20 season.  Candidates need to be London-based.

Fees will be £30 per half day rehearsal and £50 for the concert day, which works out to just over £1,000 for the forthcoming season.  This link will take you to our latest version of our rehearsal schedule.

The jobs description is shown below.  Interested? Contact us on ersoinfo@gmail with a CV showing your relevant experience.

Auditions will be held on June 23rd.  Candidates will be asked to prepare a movement from a concerto and the audition will also include orchestral excerpts, sight-reading and a short interview.  All candidates who are auditioned may request comprehensive feedback.

Closing date for applications 1 June

ERSO Brass Section Leader – Job Description

Information about ERSO

The Ernest Read Symphony Orchestra (ERSO) is a long-established amateur orchestra. We work to a highly professional standard, presenting a series of five concerts each year which combine high quality performance with an approachable style of presentation. Two concerts are dedicated to working with children and families in Camden.

Our membership is diverse and includes conservatoire students, music teachers, professionals at the start of their careers and skilled and experienced amateur musicians.  Our Principal Conductor Christopher Stark as Principal Conductor is best known as co-founder and co-Artistic Director of the RPS Award-winning Multi-Story Orchestra with whom he made a critically acclaimed BBC Proms debut in 2016.  We are also really proud to have a highly experienced professional leader, John Crawford, a Professor at Trinity Laban and former member of the BBC Symphony Orchestra.  Our string sections are led and coached by our young professional String Section Leaders.

Background to the role

As an amateur orchestra we have limited funding to apply to the considerable annual costs of running the orchestra and so the majority of the players are not paid unless there are exceptional circumstances.  Building and maintaining a strong and cohesive brass section (trumpets, trombones and tuba) who are consistently present at both the required rehearsals and concerts is the core reason for the creation of this paid section leader role.


  1. Building a strong brass section:
    • Building the brass team up to encourage regular attendance and consistency of players during each project and throughout the season.
    • Increasing recruitment of excellent players through contacts in the brass playing community and promoting the Ernest Read Symphony Orchestra as a great orchestra for brass players.
  2. Managing the brass section effectively:
    • Fixing the section – ensuring that the correct number of players of the appropriate standard are booked for each rehearsal and for the concert. Ensuring that deps are booked for players who cannot attend.  Following up with players who are unexpectedly absent.
    • Flagging any issues regarding fixing to the Committee in a timely manner and proposing actions to resolve these issues
  3. Representing the brass section’s perspective in Committee meetings when we plan future concerts and projects, advising the committee and conductor on ways to make programmes and rehearsal schedules more appealing to brass players.
  4. Taking part in the development of ERSO, attending and playing a part in the committee meetings which are held on rehearsal days. The Brass Section Leader and the string section leaders play a key part in the Committee meetings by contributing their ideas and experience.
  5. Attending all rehearsals or, on limited occasions only and with prior agreement from the Committee, providing an appropriate deputy

Skills and experience required:

  • Enthusiastic, excellent musician.
  • Experience of fixing would be desirable
  • Highly reliable.
  • Confident and personable.
  • Strong leadership abilities .
  • Ability to work well with others and build a strong team feeling within the section.
  • Highly organised with good attention to detail.
  • Able to spot potential issues and propose solutions in a timely manner.
  • Highly punctual and reliable.
  • Good communication skills.