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 Manager

With such a remarkable range of annual projects, and new players refreshing the orchestra’s potential every year, there is no limit to the stories we can tell about Southbank Sinfonia.

We are newly introducing the role of Communications Manager to help us share the orchestra’s remarkable mission, personality and initiatives with a wider audience.

The Communications Manager 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.

In a creative and highly varied role, the Communications Manager 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.

Candidates should already have some experience in arts marketing, ideally in classical music. This may be from a dedicated marketing role or a broader role which has comprised some elements of marketing and promotion.

We are seeking someone who brings an entrepreneurial spirit to their work, who will confidently embrace the many opportunities inherent in this new role and develop its potential to the full.

You should be articulate and imaginative: we want someone who can make a great case for why orchestras matter today. You should equally know what it takes to work in a busy arts organisation, able to balance numerous priorities and fulfil them all with efficiency and style.

The closing date for applications is 10.00am on Monday 16 October 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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