The Danish Sinfonietta (Randers Kammerorkester) is built around a permanent core of 14 musicians : five winds and nine strings : supplemented by 20-25 additional musicians as and when required. Its permanent home is the Arts Centre Værket, where around thirty concerts are played every season.
Other activities include numerous concerts at other venues throughout Denmark, and regular performances as opera orchestra for both the Danish National Opera (Den jyske Opera) and Aarhus Sommeropera.
Under its Scottish chief conductor, David Riddell, the orchestra occupies a unique place in Danish cultural life due to its many and varied activities : orchestral concerts with expanded forces, chamber concerts, opera and operetta performances, summer concerts in the many fine castles of the local region, recordings and broadcasts, school concerts, workshops, and teaching.
In recent years the orchestra has toured extensively, visiting UK, China, Estonia, Iceland, Greenland, Norway, Sweden, Russia, Syria and Italy.
The Danish Sinfonietta was formed in 1945 by Lavard Friisholm. Under his leadership the orchestra soon became a permanent feature of Danish musical life. Classical concerts in Randers (Denmark's sixth largest city), summer concerts in the numerous local castles, and regular broadcasts for Danish Radio helped build a reputation as one of the country's finest chamber ensembles.
In 1986, The Danish Sinfonietta was designated a "basis ensemble", enlarging the orchestras activities and providing a framework for state funding. Jesper Grove Jørgensen became chief conductor and was succeeded in 1989 by Czech violinist Milan Vitek.
Funded by Randers Town Council and The Danish Arts Foundation.
The Danish Sinfonietta requires a principal Bassonist.
Auditions will be held in the Concert Hall, Værket, Randers, Denmark on November 24th, 2023.
W.A. Mozart: Bassoon Concerto K. 191, 1st movement with cadenza.
- André Jolivet: Bassoon Concerto, 2nd movement (including Fugato section)
Camille Saint-Saëns: Sonata for Bassoon Op.168, 1st and 2nd movements
- Orchestral and chamber music excerpts.
- Chamber music excerpts (with ensemble).
- Sight reading.
Music for the orchestral excerpts and chamber music excerpts will be available 14 days prior to the audition.
The Danish Sinfonietta will provide a pianist on the day of the audition, but all travelling, and board and lodging expenses, are the responsibility of the applicants themselves.
Salary and terms of engagement pursuant to the current agreements between the Danish musicians union and the Danish regional symphony orchestras.
Candidates who are not EU citizens are asked to keep themselves informed as to the current rules and regulations concerning work permits in Denmark.
The position also contains teaching duties.
Closing date: 6 November 2023, 11.00 Am
Candidates will be invited to the audition on the basis of their application. It is possible that not all applicants will be invited.