Join our team


With its 40-week programme and around 70 orchestral and chamber performances each year, Southbank Sinfonia is one of Britain’s busiest chamber orchestras. To achieve ambitious artistic plans each year, all activities require an excellent level of foresight, care and skill in planning and delivery. While the team collectively shares responsibility for ensuring everything runs effectively, the Orchestra Assistant and Music Librarian makes a vital contribution towards running all activities to the highest possible standard.

This entails a range of responsibilities, making it the ideal role for someone looking to further their experience in classical music administration. You will provide full support to the Orchestra Manager, sometimes deputising as required, working together to ensure the smooth-running of all activities. You will manage Southbank Sinfonia’s in-house Music Library, acquiring all chamber and orchestral music required, and play a central part in the coordination of auditions and interviews for each year’s new orchestra.

The position may particularly suit someone who has taken their first steps in the classical music sector and is now looking for a role that will challenge them, granting them fresh experience and opportunities as part of a small team. Candidates should already have some experience working in a musical or performing arts organisation, in paid employment or through extensive internship(s). You should know what it takes to work in a busy arts organisation, able to balance numerous priorities and fulfil them all with efficiency.

For further information, and details on how to apply, please read the job brief linked below.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 20 February 2018.

Download Job Brief: PDF


Since our launch in 2002, Southbank Sinfonia has generated well over £5 million that has gone directly into young musicians’ pockets, transforming their livelihood. At Southbank Sinfonia, fundraising is a passion. Our team is driven by seeing up close what a transformative effect the orchestra has on its players, and equally on our supporters. They play an integral role in the life of the orchestra, not just watching from the sidelines but getting to know each individual musician as they progress. We pride ourselves on a personal, bespoke approach that leads many supporters to regard Southbank Sinfonia almost as family. 

Every year, the orchestra grows in profile and scope, as we devise ambitious plans giving our players greater chances to shine. To fulfill these, we need to keep growing our fundraising capabilities, creatively introducing ways to boost levels of giving among those who already support the orchestra and welcoming new prospects to be part of our adventures. 

The Development Manager is central to this. They take responsibility for growing our biggest circle of supporters – the Friends – introducing new measures to encourage more of our devoted audience to join. They take charge of maintaining and enhancing the distinctive range of events and experiences we offer supporters to deepen their association with the orchestra, both in the UK and at the annual Anghiari Festival in Italy.

For further information, and details on how to apply, please read the job brief linked below.

The closing date for applications is Monday 12 March 2018.

Download Job Brief: PDF


Applications to join the 2018 fellowship are now closed, but information on joining us in 2019 can be found here.

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. 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[AT]southbanksinfonia[DOT]co[DOT]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.