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.

Freelance Administrator
Peter Hulsen Orchestral Song Award

Biennially, Southbank Sinfonia presents the Peter Hulsen Orchestral Song Award. While the Kathleen Ferrier Award is for recital with piano and Cardiff Singer of the World for operatic arias, the Peter Hulsen Orchestral Song Award distinctly offers emerging artists a much-valued opportunity to explore the treasures of the orchestral songbook and perform with the orchestra.

We are now seeking a Freelance Administrator to play a key part in overseeing this year’s Award process, culminating in the orchestral Final at St John’s Waterloo in October. It is anticipated this will involve approximately 15 days of work between May and October.

The Administrator will be paid £100 per 7.5 hour day for the agreed number of days with Southbank Sinfonia.

Candidates for this role should have professional experience of administration in classical music, optimally in the vocal sector with an extant network of contacts such as singing tutors, coaches, accompanists, Heads of Vocal Studies at the UK music colleges, and other organisations that exist to nurture graduate singers.

For more information, please read the following brief. If you are interested in this role, please submit an up-to-date CV, detailing your relevant experience and contact details of two referees, plus a short covering note outlining your interest and suitability to James Murphy, Managing Director, Southbank Sinfonia at james@southbanksinfonia.co.uk by 10am on Friday 5 May 2017. If you have any queries about the role, you are welcome to call James for an informal chat on 020 7921 0373.

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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 2017 are now closed, but information remains online here as a reference for all who applied. Applications to join the 2018 orchestra will open in spring 2017.