Association of British Orchestras

Stage Manager (LSO St Luke’s Operations)

London Symphony Orchestra £26,500 – £32,500 per annum, according to experience + benefits Closing date 04 July 2023
The LSO Concerts Department requires a Stage Manager (LSO St Luke’s Operations) to assist in the planning and operation of all stage management, event setup, venue support and instrument transportation requirements with a particular focus on activity at our home venue of LSO St Luke’s.

Department: Stage and Transport
Salary Range: £26,500 – £32,500 per annum, according to experience + benefits
Closing Date: Tuesday 3 July 2023 at 10am
Interviews: Monday 10 July 2023 at LSO St Luke’s, with the option of an online (Zoom or Teams) interview for anyone who is unable to attend in person

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Key Responsibilities

• To ensure all stage management and building wide setup needs for the various uses of LSO St Luke’s are met, working closely with the Technical Team, Events Team, Facilities Team and LSO Discovery Department.
• To be responsible for the planning and safe execution of resets between events throughout the building, advising on the staffing of tasks and contributing to rota and operations meetings. Making information regarding resets available to internal and external staff as necessary.
• Responsibility for back of house equipment and stage furniture storage and maintenance at LSO St Luke’s
• Working with the Facilities Manager, to assist when required with managing the Grade 1 Listed building, including minor maintenance, and to assist with the maintenance of fixtures, fittings and equipment, ensuring LSO St Luke’s is presented to the highest standard.
• To carry out occasional general housekeeping duties (including waste disposal, client refreshments and cleaning tasks).
• To act as Duty Fire Officer or Duty Manager when required as part of the LSO St Luke’s emergency procedures and assist with the day-to-day operational staffing of the building.
• To act as a key-holder for the building, assisting with managing the security of the premises.
• To assist in organising and carrying out transport logistics including the Orchestra’s instruments. Assisting the load and unload of any transport vehicle as necessary.
• To ensure our stage and venue are set correctly for rehearsals, concerts and recording sessions at LSO St Luke’s.
• To be a key contact for Steinway Pianos for LSO St Luke’s. assisting in managing bookings for tuning, maintenance and transport when required.
• To manage the stage and building for events, undertaking stage moves as required, liaising with clients, artists and contractors to ensure smooth-running events and providing a professional service. To prepare stage plans for internal and external events as required.
• To supervise teams of freelance and casual staff as required when preparing the building for events, ensuring they are briefed and working in line with the LSO St Luke’s Health and Safety Policy. To record casual staff working hours and to compile and submit monthly records for payment by the Finance Department.
• To work in conjunction with the Concerts, Discovery and Events Departments to ensure the smooth running of all events and engagements.
• To represent the Orchestra as a member of the Concerts team
• To keep a record of hours worked.
• To ensure all sound protection equipment is maintained and available at every rehearsal, concert and recording session.
• To ensure that all storage areas and venues are kept clean and tidy.
• To be responsible for the safety of orchestral instruments and technical equipment whilst in the care of the stage management team.
• To ensure all equipment is kept in good condition and to organise any necessary repairs and replacements as needed.
• Contribute to creation and review of risk assessments and safe systems of work, helping to maintain a safe working environment. Ensure that all Health and Safety policies are adhered to, and to report Health and Safety issues to the Operations Manager.
• To assist the stage team with off-site events.
This job description is a guide for the responsibilities your role will include. You may be asked to fulfil other responsibilities that are reasonable and suited to you and your skills. These will be discussed with you.

Reporting To: LSO Operations Manager
Team Member Reports: LSO casual staff

For formal concert and event work (i.e. when on the concert platform in front of the public) the post holder will be expected to be smartly presented in ‘show blacks’.
Manual Handling and Fire training is required as part of this role. Any necessary training arrangements and costs are covered by the LSO.

We are looking for someone the following experience:

• Lifting and handling experience; to be able to handle large, heavy, valuable items using safe manual handling techniques whilst making every effort to avoid damage occurring.
• Excellent verbal, as well as written, communication skills.
• The ability to work within a closely knit team and experience of managing staff, anticipating problems, responding with diplomacy, patience and tact.
• Experience of working with an orchestra or some musical knowledge.
• Experience in the use of a software to produce stage plans.
• Knowledge of the problems and complexities of ensemble layouts.
• Experience of the practical demands of delivering live events, following tight schedules, flexible problem solving.
• Knowledge of the methods and practices employed in handling, packing and transport of valuable and delicate musical instruments.
• Proven computer skills.
• A willingness to undertake practical repair work, including the use of tools.
• Knowledge of relevant Health and Safety Regulations, electrical safety, and an understanding of the need to comply with these regulations.

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