Association of British Orchestras

Orchestra Manager

Royal College of Music £34,010 - £37,761 per annum. Closing date 18 November 2019
The Royal College of Music (RCM) is one of the world's greatest conservatoires. Our excellence was recognised by the 2019 QS World University Rankings, in which we ranked as the top institution for performing arts in the UK for the fourth consecutive year. The RCM also achieved an overall rating of gold for its outstanding teaching and learning provision for undergraduates in the first ever Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

The RCM are looking to recruit an Orchestra Manager to lead the delivery of the orchestra and large ensemble performance programme. The role is based within the busy Performance & Programming team and involves working closely with students, staff, professors and orchestral musicians. The orchestra and large ensemble programme includes performances by Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra, Opera orchestra, New Perspectives, Big Band, Wind Ensemble and Brass Ensemble. The RCM enjoys close relationships with some of the world’s most celebrated conductors, including Bernard Haitink, Vladimir Jurowski, Vladimir Ashkenazy and John Wilson.

Key duties include:
• Managing and delivering the RCM’s orchestral and large ensemble performance calendar
• Managing student placements
• Engaging preparation conductors and sectional tutors
• Attending visiting conductors at the RCM
• Maintaining RCM relationships with professional musicians and orchestras

The successful candidate will have previous experience of working in an orchestral environment, excellent organisation and communication skills and the ability to prioritise a busy workload. The postholder will be required to work proactively and creatively on a large variety of different projects running simultaneously, maintain a high level of attention to detail and have the ability to remain calm under pressure. A strong working knowledge of classical music and associated performance requirements is desirable.

This post is offered on a permanent, full-time basis and is available immediately.

For full details of this position please read the Applicant Information Pack, available to download from the RCM website.

To apply, please complete our 1) Application form and 2) Equal Opportunities form (available to download from the RCM website) and submit in Word or PDF format to

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