Southbank Sinfonia provides exciting opportunities for arts administrators as well as young musicians to develop their careers. Current opportunities to join our team are shown below.

Communications Assistant

Southbank Sinfonia is an orchestra like no other. From giving the first ever performance of Mozart’s Requiem at Notre-Dame to taking centre-stage in the National Theatre’s acclaimed new production of Amadeus, Southbank Sinfonia ensures new generations uphold a venerable tradition, but also asks anew what orchestras have the power to communicate in the modern world. With new players refreshing the orchestra’s potential each year, there is no limit to the stories we can tell about the orchestra.

In our 15th birthday year, we have introduced the role of Communications Assistant to help us share the orchestra’s remarkable mission, personality and initiatives with a wider audience.

The Communications Assistant will take central responsibility for this, making a significant contribution to the way the organisation presents itself in a busy marketplace, working directly with the musicians to generate a wide range of materials that present a vivid picture both of the orchestra itself, and the future of classical music as represented by our players.

This is a creative and highly varied role that embraces both marketing and development, working closely with the Communications Director and Development Manager to nurture new and existing audiences, supporters, and other stakeholders. The Communications Assistant will take pride in sharing Southbank Sinfonia’s story, its news, activities, and impact with the general public, helping to ensure the organisation is vibrantly represented both online and in print, in mailings, press coverage – and even in its frequently innovative approach to presenting concerts.

For more information, please download the job brief below.

Download job brief

The closing date for applications is midday on Monday 21 August 2017.

To apply, you should email the following to Matt Belcher, Communications Director at matt@southbanksinfonia.co.uk by the closing date:

  • a covering letter detailing your interest and suitability for this role
  • an up-to-date CV of no more than two pages outlining your relevant experience

Please note that late or incomplete applications cannot be accepted.

First-round interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held the week commencing Monday 28 August. Please indicate in your application if you have any availability issues that week.

If you are interested in applying but would like to find out more first or have any questions, you are welcome to contact the Southbank Sinfonia office for an informal chat on 020 7921 0370. When you call, simply say you are interested in the Communications Assistant role.


Southbank Sinfonia is governed by a Board of Trustees who combine expertise in arts policy and management, business, technology, fundraising and the charitable sector. Together, they are united in their passion for the orchestra and its aims.

As Southbank Sinfonia embarks a new chapter of its story in this, our 15th year, the Board is looking to welcome several new Trustees whose expertise, dedication and enthusiasm may help the orchestra advance its mission and fulfil an even greater role in the British music scene in the years to come.

In the coming months, we will be talking to a wide range of people who may have the appetite, experience and credentials to join our Trustees. The role brief linked below will tell you more.

If you are interested in potentially joining the Board of Southbank Sinfonia and meet the required criteria, you are invited to write a letter to Sean Finnan, Chair, outlining your interest in the organisation and your suitability for such a role.

You should send this by email with your up-to-date CV to Company Secretary Jan Bonar at jan@southbanksinfonia.co.uk by Monday 11 September 2017.

Download role brief

Work experience

Southbank Sinfonia helps young musicians embark on successful careers in music. We are also very happy, where possible, to help young people take a first step in arts administration.

We are occasionally able to offer short work experience opportunities to recent graduates, or individuals studying at university or college, who are particularly interested in pursuing a career in music administration. This can help give you an insight into the working processes behind the scenes at a thriving orchestra. Candidates may have the opportunity to shadow our operations team as they organise the orchestra’s daily ventures, or support other members of the administrative team on activities relating to education and outreach, marketing or fundraising.

Though unpaid, this experience may prove a useful addition to your CV when applying for jobs. Opportunities may arise lasting a day, a week, or sometimes longer on specific projects and usually take place at our base in central London and/or at our performance venues between January and October, the orchestra’s annual season.

If you are interested in applying, please email an up-to-date CV detailing your education, any relevant experience and accomplishments, together with a covering letter that outlines your career aspirations and what an opportunity like this could offer you, to Peter Smith, Administration Manager at peter@southbanksinfonia.co.uk. Please also give an indication of your availability in the coming months. Our busy schedule means that work experience placements are limited throughout the year, but your details will be kept on file so we can consider you when the next opportunity arises.


Applications to join the orchestra in 2018 are now closed, but information remains online here as a reference for all who applied. Applications to join the 2019 orchestra will open in spring 2018.

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