The BBC Singers hold a unique position in British musical life. Performing everything from Byrd to Birtwistle, their versatility is second to none. With nearly all concerts broadcast on BBC Radio 3, the BBC Singers have the highest broadcast profile of any choir.
The choir’s unrivalled expertise in performing the best of contemporary music has brought about creative relationships with some of the most important composers and conductors of the 20th and 21st centuries.
All vacancies are advertised on the bbc jobs website - www.bbc.co.uk/jobs. Successful applicants will be asked to attend an audition.
Extras and Deputies
We are always interested in auditioning singers for our list of extras and deputies.
Applicants must be classically-trained singers, with the flexibility to adapt to a wide range of styles of music and good sight-reading skills. The technical demands of working with the BBC Singers are strenuous and exacting; therefore a cast-iron vocal technique is essential.
If you wish to apply for an audition, please email us your CV (which should include details of your training and experience).
The audition requirements are as follows:
Two set oratorio arias. Please prepare both of the arias for your voice type:
Soprano: ‘Rejoice Greatly’ from Handel’s Messiah (in 4/4) and ‘Ich folge dir’ from Bach’s St John Passion.
Alto: ‘But who may abide’ from Handel’s Messiah and ‘Von den stricken’ from Bach’s St John Passion
Tenor: ‘Thou shalt break them’ from Handel’s Messiah and ‘Ach, mein sinn’ from Bach’s St John Passion
Bass/Baritone: ‘For Behold/All people’ from Handel’s Messiah and ‘Eilt, ihr eingefocht’nen seelen’ from Bach’s St John Passion
These should all be at a=440 pitch.
The panel will select which of the two arias they would like to hear in the audition.
Set twentieth-century piece:
Soprano: Walton, ‘The Contrast’ (A Song for the Lord Mayor's Table)
Alto: Britten, ‘Sephestia's Lullaby’ (A Charm of Lullabies)
Tenor: Britten, ‘At Day-close in November’ (Winter Words)
Bass/Baritone: Richard Rodney Bennett, ‘The Mouse and the Bumblebee’ (Songs before sleep)