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In Harmony Lower Strings Tutor

Posted on 12 January 2018

Application closing date: 9am on Friday 26th January 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. It is also one of the region’s leading conference centres. Founded with a mixed business model, the charity’s turnover of £15million combines, box office, commercial, fundraised income with public subsidy.

Sage Gateshead runs:

  • A Performance Programme of events and festivals across musical genres (folk, classical, rock, indie, jazz, electronic) for 360 days of the year (1700 seater and 600 seater venues)
  • Royal Northern Sinfonia, the UK’s only full time contract chamber orchestra
  • One of the largest Creative Learning Programmes in the UK
  • One of the biggest conference and events businesses in the north
  • A folk development agency, Folkworks
  • An iconic visitor attraction, designed by Foster + Partners on the banks of the Tyne with a large public space, three auditoriums and 25 learning spaces.

In 2015/16 Sage Gateshead delivered:

  • 623 performance events
  • 16,045 courses, classes and workshops
  • 84 conferences
  • 22 premieres and commissions
  • 105 broadcasts

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

  • 6 million visitors
  • 1.5 million participants
  • 1000 conferences
  • 4000 concerts
  • £283 million of economic benefit to the region

Job Information

Job Title: In Harmony Lower Strings Tutor
Department & Team: Creative Learning – Young People’s Programme
Location: Sage Gateshead
Working Hours: 1 hr on a Friday
Salary and Scale: £25,766 pro rata per annum (SCP 29 £13.76 per hour) with additional prep time

Position in Organisation

Reports to: In Harmony Programme Leader
Responsible for: N/A
Works in conjunction with: In Harmony Programme, participants and colleagues in the wider organisation
Budget accountability: N/A

About the role

Each year Sage Gateshead has over 500,000 people come into our building, 50,000 people attend live events beyond our building and 2 million people engage with our work via digital and broadcast content. Our audience is diverse and has both a high level of new attenders each year and a core of extremely frequent attenders.

We are 12 years old and have a new vision for the next phase of our life, working together with Baltic Centre for Contemporary Arts and 8 other venues in NewcastleGateshead to increase cultural engagement, establish the region as a great place to be an artist and build social and economic value for the North of England.

Sage Gateshead is a unique place in the UK to study music. We have world class concert halls and learning facilities under one roof, we are home to the UK’s leading chamber orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, a hub for folk music and have a worldwide reputation for our Creative Learning programme. We are not simply an education organisation, we are a place where artists come to perform, develop work, teach, where audiences from a wide range of backgrounds come to hear, make and participate in all genres of music and we are an active participant in communities in the North.

In Harmony is a national programme that aims to inspire and transform the lives of children in deprived communities within the UK, using the power and disciplines of community-based orchestral music-making. In Harmony Newcastle Gateshead is inspiring families and the wider community, increasing opportunities for children in one of the most deprived areas in the country.

Overall purpose of the job

The role of In Harmony Cello Tutor is focused on teaching children and young people living in challenging circumstances in one of the most deprived areas of the North East. Every child involved takes part in an immersive orchestral music making programme with the aim of improving musical skills and life chances of children and young people and their families in West Newcastle.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, highly skilled cello tutor to be part of the In Harmony team within Sage Gateshead’s Young People’s Programme. The cello tutor will teach students at our new school; Bridgewater Primary School in term time as well as one after school session a week.

Main Duties and responsibilities

  1. To teach young students a stringed instrument (Cello) on the In Harmony Programme at Bridgewater Primary School in term time.
  2. To assist and lead at the After School Sessions once a week during term time
  3. To plan, prepare and manage resources as appropriate
  4. To work as part of a team and attend relevant meetings and training.
  5. To contribute to ensuring quality and best practice and participate in Sage Gateshead’s Quality Framework, as required.
  6. To contribute to ensuring appropriate safeguarding and pastoral care for participants, working closely with relevant colleagues to maintain consistency and high standards.


  1. To accept appropriate individual responsibility for the observance, promotion and implementation of Health & Safety, Child Protection, Customer Care, Equality and Diversity, Dignity at Work and other policies with the Trust.
  2. Undertake other duties appropriate to the post and in line with the needs of the organisation.

Knowledge, experience and skills required to do job

  • At least 2 – 3 years relevant experience, demonstrating excellence as a musician on a Cello.
  • Have at least 2 – 3 years experience teaching children aged 5 – 14 year olds.
  • To have an understanding of Kodaly and Dalcroze.

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.

The salary for this post is £25,766 pro rata per annum (SCP 29 £13.76 per hour) with additional prep time.

We 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, childcare vouchers and travel ticket scheme.

Please note that successful applicants for this post will require an Enhanced Level DBS check. This is due to the fact that the post works directly and regularly with children.

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 or 0191 443 4621

Download the job description

Completed applications should be received no later than 9am on Friday 26th January 2018.