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.

Development Director

Southbank Sinfonia is looking to appoint a new Development Director to play a senior role in the strategic direction of the orchestra and lead our team dedicated to raising funds from individual donors, corporate supporters, trusts and foundations.

Since its launch, Southbank Sinfonia has always been proud of the truly personal touch that distinguishes all its fundraising activity. Supporters cherish what the orchestra offers them, they deeply recognise its transformative impact and love following its young musicians’ progress. Many describe the orchestra as family. In appointing a new Development Director, we are looking for someone not only with a strong track-record of fundraising, but who loves its creative possibilities and relishes shaping meaningful, individual associations for people to draw genuine worth from being close to a unique musical entity like ours.

Following our 15th birthday celebrations, the tremendous success of Amadeus, and our Royal Philharmonic Society Award nomination, the organisation is in great shape. As we embark on an ambitious new Business Plan, we aim to welcome even more people to join our supporters, to help ensure a secure and fruitful future. As part of our senior management team, the Development Director will collaborate closely with the Managing Director, Trustees and other colleagues to capitalise on current momentum, taking responsibility for the fundraising strategy that will enable the orchestra to realise bold aspirations in the years to come.

The Development Director will be skilled in strategically seeking and securing new relationships whilst providing excellent stewardship and nurturing current supporters towards greater levels of engagement with the orchestra. Naturally, the role requires a vibrant understanding of what makes an orchestra like Southbank Sinfonia vital in Britain’s musical ecology, and the ability to communicate this effectively to a range of new and existing stakeholders.

The closing date for applications is 5.00pm on Monday 27 November 2017.

Please download the job brief linked below for further details of the role and how to apply.

Download job 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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