Dear all, As a musician in the Royal Danish Orchestra (in danish: "Det Kgl. Kapel" which means something like "The Royal Chapel" (long story), located in Copenhagen, Denmark) I would just like to tell those of you who might be interested that we have an audition for no less than at least three bass positions on the 13th of November 2009. One 1st solo, "a number" 2nd solo and one tutti. The Royal Danish Orchestra is the worlds oldest orchestra of its kind, dating back to 1448. The orchestra consists of 130 musicians and most of the year it functions as an opera and ballet orchestra (the Royal Danish Ballet is regarded as one of the top ballet companies in the world) in the newly build national operahouse, Operaen, and in what we call "Gamle Scene" ("The Old Scene") (both links are in danish, sorry, but I link anyway since there's a couple of pictures). The (also) newly build Danish Radio Copenhagen Concert Hall (again, danish) is the venue for the orchestra's symphony concerts. Over the years, many great conductors and composers has collaborated with the Royal Danish Orchestra, including Richard Strauss, Igor Stravinsky, Leonard Bernstein, Sergiu Celibidache, Georg Solti, Paavo Berglund, Daniel Barenboim, Carl Nielsen and Otto Klemperer. The job as a musician in RDO is, in my humble opinion, wonderful - great orchestra playing, great halls, nice salary, three months paid holiday every year and (maybe most important) a fantastic atmosphere between the musicians where people have respect for each other, knows how to party and have a nice time in general. My american colleagues from the orchestra also tell me that when it comes to workload and holidays, the job as a musician in the RDO is a luxury position. As a permanent (which you are for life, if you want to (danish orchestra musicians can't be fired unless they turn up drunk for work, or in some other way turns "bad")) you have to play around five "gigs" a week (a gig being a rehearsal, symphony concert, opera- or ballet performance). The most gigs I've played on a week was ten, and the least, zero. Weeks with three or four gigs isn't uncommon. The starting salary for a tutti player is around 6000 $ a month. For each year you choose to stay the salary grows. Solo players is of course payed more. I don't know exactly how it works in the States concerning sickdays, but here you of course get paid for your sick days as well (I heard some horror story about having to pay from you salary for the days you were sick, so I just thought I would mention it). Plus, you get to live in Copenhagen (This time, in english) "Copenhagen has repeatedly been recognized as one of the cities with the best quality of life, and in 2008 it was singled out as the Most Liveable City in the World by international lifestyle magazine Monocle on their Top 25 Most Liveable Cities 2008 list." - Wikipedia.org. Every dane knows how to write and speak english, by the way A live recording from a recent symphony concert can be found here, and this is our most recent DVD recording (Wagner's The Ring of the Nibelung) which won the Gramophone Award 2009. Deadline for applying for the positions is Monday, October 26th 2009 at 12.00 a.m. I would strongly recommend everybody who wants a great job in a great symphony orchestra to consider applying! Details about the audition can be found here (scroll down abit) and if you have any questions please don't hesitate to write me a message! Sorry for the long post and my bad english!