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Head of Orchestral Operations

Application closing date 9am on Wednesday 24th October 2018

Introduction to Sage Gateshead

Founded in 2004, Sage Gateshead has an international reputation as a new centre for music combining performance, education and participation working across a wide range of musical genres and reaching a broad audience. Founded with a mixed business model, the charity’s turnover of £15million combines, box office, commercial, fundraised income with public subsidy.

Sage Gateshead runs:

In 2014 Sage Gateshead completed its first decade. During this period the charity had:

In 2016/17 Sage Gateshead delivered:

About the role

The Head of Orchestral Operations is a new senior role in the classical team at Sage Gateshead, created to oversee the day-to-day running of Royal Northern Sinfonia’s operations, which are becoming more complex as the orchestra seeks to expand its role across the region and internationally. The role has line management responsibility for the RNS musicians and the operational team and leads on negotiations with the Musicians Union.

This post suits an experienced orchestra manager, who enjoys managing a diverse range of people and is a confident decision-maker. A thorough grounding in the working practices of professional contract orchestras and chamber orchestra repertoire is essential.

Job Information

Job Title: Head of Orchestral Operations
Department & Team: Performance Programme (Classical)
Location: Sage Gateshead
Working Hours: Full time (36 hrs). Regular weekend and evening working will be required, in line with the orchestra’s rehearsal and performance schedule.
Salary: Subject to experience

Position in Organisation

Reports to: Director, Royal Northern Sinfonia and Classical Music Programme
Responsible for: Line-management of Concerts & Tours Manager, Orchestra Manager, all RNS musicians
Works in conjunction with: Classical Music Producer, colleagues from other departments.
Budget accountability: Sign off up to £5000; responsible for classical overheads and salary budget with Director RNS and Classical Music Programme

Overall purpose of the job

To manage the day-to-day operations of Royal Northern Sinfonia, ensuring smooth delivery processes and the well-being of the RNS musicians at all times. The role will work in close collaboration with the RNS Director and Classical Music Producer to drive forward RNS and classical music at Sage Gateshead in coming years, shaping the future of RNS as a chamber orchestra for the 21st Century.

Main Duties and responsibilities

Line Management of Royal Northern Sinfonia:

Lead on relationship with the Musicians Union:

Management of operational team:

Lead on Health and Safety for RNS:

Duty Management:

Budget Management:

Partner Relationships:

Any other duties:

Knowledge, experience and skills required to do the job

Essential (required):

Desirable (optional):

Terms and Conditions

We believe Sage Gateshead is a great place to work – an innovative and friendly environment, where no two days are ever the same.

Salary according to experience.

The holiday entitlement for this post is 33 days pa pro rata (including statutory holidays).

We also offer subsidised parking for staff members, as well as a discount in our café, and access to a voluntary health cash plan, bike to work scheme and travel ticket scheme.

How to Apply

Applications must be made on a North Music Trust online application form.

We regret that CV’s cannot be accepted. If you have any queries about your application please contact 0191 443 4624

Download the job description

Completed applications should be returned no later than 9.00am on Wednesday 24th October 2018.

Interviews are to be held on Thursday 1st November 2018.