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Contract Type:Permanent Contract
Salary or training bursary: £24,000 - £27,000 per annum
Company:London Philharmonic Orchestra
Open to all
Apply by:02/08/2021 - 10:00

Education & Community Project Manager

Do you have knowledge of orchestras and western classical music? The London Philharmonic Orchestra is looking for an Education & Community Project Manager and it could be you...

One of the finest orchestras on the international stage, the London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) balances a long and distinguished history with its reputation as one of the UK’s most forward-looking ensembles. The Orchestra is resident at the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, which it combines with its role as Resident Symphony Orchestra at Glyndebourne Festival Opera each summer. Outside London, the Orchestra has flourishing residencies in Brighton, Eastbourne and at Saffron Hall in Essex, and performs regularly around the UK. The Orchestra also tours internationally, performing to sell-out audiences worldwide at the world’s leading concert halls. 

They are looking for an Education & Community Project Manager to join their team. This role has a particular focus on the development and administration of the LPO’s three flagship artist development initiatives: The Foyle Future Firsts Development Programme, the Young Composers programme and LPO Junior Artists.  


  • With the Education and Community Director, develop the shape, content and programme of work in liaison with partner organisations and stakeholders
  • Plan all activity within agreed timescales and produce written schedules and associated paperwork
  • Ensure relevant project sessions are included in orchestral schedules, in liaison with the Concerts department
  • Identify and manage artistic teams depending on the skills and experience required for each project
  • Maintain excellent and supportive working relationships with animateurs, musicians, and external partners.  Act as lead contact for Future Firsts, Young Composers and LPO Junior Artists programme participants (and LPO Junior Artists parents and carers), providing practical and pastoral support
  • Actively manage workshops and other project sessions on the ground, dealing with logistics, supporting relationships, and assessing quality of project content
  • Work closely with Southbank Centre and other external venues to book spaces and liaise over technical production requirements for performances, including the annual Debut Sounds concert. Lead on managing concerts and events on the ground, as well as administratively
  • Ensure that the appropriate safeguarding documentation is in place for each member of the artistic team and that the Orchestra’s Safeguarding Policy is shared appropriately
  • Work within the agreed project budget and maintain an accurate record of income and expenditure
  • Implement monitoring and evaluation procedures and contribute to evaluation design depending on the requirements of funders and stakeholders
  • Ensure funding criteria are met and that funders are kept informed about project developments through regular liaison with the LPO Development department

Knowledge, Skills, Experience


  • Minimum of 3 years’ direct experience of developing programmes within the music education/community sector
  • Knowledge of orchestras and western classical music
  • Understanding of pathways into the profession for orchestral players and composers, and the ways to support emerging artists
  • Understanding of current issues relating to diversity and inclusion within orchestral music and the arts
  • Evidence of successful project and partnership management skills
  • Experience of co-ordinating or supporting the management of professional performances
  • Ability to independently manage a busy workload (in and out of the office) and keep to deadlines, maintaining meticulous attention to detail
  • Ability to work both as part of a team and independently
  • Experience of managing detailed budgets
  • Ability to communicate well with a wide range of practitioners – musicians and other artists, educators, consultants – and with internal colleagues, both in writing and verbally
  • Experience of working with young people in both formal and informal settings
  • Ability to thrive under pressure and have a desire to improve working systems and project content
  • Knowledge of current practice within the formal music education sector and national initiatives
  • Computer literate, familiar with Microsoft Office, and open to learning new programmes
  • A strong commitment to and knowledge of music education, and desire to support the development of orchestral musicians in this context


  • Understanding of the practical issues involved in working and developing projects within in-school settings
  • Understanding of working with funders and application development
  • Practical understanding of the workings of a large symphonic ensemble
  • Interest and knowledge of the role of technology within learning environments
  • Ability to read music

We welcome and encourage applications from candidates who are under-represented in the creative industries.

Please note that the company reserves the right to withdraw this listing prior to the official closing date, therefore we recommend getting your applications in early.

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