Applications for Southbank Sinfonia 2020 are now closed. Applications for 2021 will open in Spring 2020. You can find out more about applying in the future here.

Join our team


At Southbank Sinfonia fundraising is personal, creative and transformational. We are a vibrant and innovative organisation at an exciting stage in our development and, as our ambitions and scope grow and diversify, so must our donor base.

The Development Assistant is a crucial role in a busy team, ensuring that our supporters are at the heart of all that we do and that we never lose the personal touch. An extensive programme of concerts and events in London and beyond, including our annual festival in Italy, provides wide-ranging opportunities for donor engagement, and the development team are in daily contact with the young musicians on our programme.

Download the Development Assistant Job Description here.

All applications are anonymised with personal details removed before shortlisting.

Interviews for shortlisted candidates will take place in the week beginning 9 December.

If you would like to find out more about the role or would value an informal conversation about how it may suit you at this stage in your career, we would be very happy to hear from you. Please contact Claire Goddard, Development Director on 020 7921 0377 or claire[AT]southbanksinfonia[DOT]co[DOT]uk.

The closing date for applications is midday on Tuesday 3 December 2019.

To apply, you should email the following (saved as one document) to Peter Smith, Administration Manager on by the closing date:

a covering letter detailing your interest in and suitability for this role.

an up-to-date CV of no more than two pages outlining your relevant employment, skills, experience and qualifications.

Please note that late or incomplete applications cannot be accepted.

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.