Job Vacancy: Assistant Manager, Platform and Orchestra
Job Title: Assistant Manager, Platform and Orchestra
Department & Team: Performance Programme (Classical)
Location: Sage Gateshead
Working Hours: 40 hours per week. Weekends and evening working will be required.
Salary: £20,736 per annum (SCP 18)
Position in Organisation
Reports to: Orchestra Manager
Works in conjunction with: Orchestra Manager, Concerts & Tours Manager, Librarian, Concerts Assistant, Head of Orchestral Operations
Introduction to Sage Gateshead
Sage Gateshead is an international music development centre – a new kind of cultural organisation for the 21st century.
From our iconic Foster + Partners building on the banks of the Tyne which opened in 2004, we work across the whole of the North of England. We are home to the UK’s leading chamber orchestra Royal Northern Sinfonia, a multi-genre programme of events & festivals featuring musicians from across the world, a junior conservatoire training the next generation of musicians, an extensive programme of music for social impact, evening and day-time classes for people of all ages and a multi-genre artist development programme.
At Sage Gateshead all genres of music have equal status and we believe passionately in international level excellence and the imperative of inclusion. Some of the musicians we have worked with recently are Kamasi Washington, KT Tunstall, LA Master Chorale, Terry Riley, John Grant, Nightmares on Wax, Maarju Nuut and St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra.
We present around 400 events and festivals each year for a live audience of 350,000, 6 million people hear our work via stream or broadcast and 500,000 visit our building, often national and international visitors. Each year we support over 100 musicians through our artist development programme and we work with 30,000 children and young people and 20,000 adults in our creative learning programme. We provide employment for over 500 people, lead on Creative Apprentices for the North East and focus our work placements young people and young adults who are NEET. In our first decade, our economic impact was £283 million.
We are for audiences, for artists, for the North and for the long-term. Everything we do is guided by our values: Creative, Diverse, Focused, Leading, Responsible.
The coming five years will be a new era for Sage Gateshead. We have just secured the planning and completed fundraising to undertake capital work within our largest auditorium and on our concourse, with the aim of reaching a wider audience, working with a wider range of musicians and making our building an even better place to spend time. We are also partners in a major development of the site next to our building, which will lead to the creation of a unique cultural, entertainment, business and leisure campus, turning the whole of Gateshead Quays into a high profile destination. Building on 15 years of success, this promises to be a new era for Sage Gateshead.
Royal Northern Sinfonia is the chamber orchestra for the North of England. 60 years old in 2018 and with its Royal title for five years, the orchestra consists of 37 full time players, with titled conductors Music Director Lars Vogt, Principal Guest Conductor Julian Rachlin and Conductor Laureate Thomas Zehetmair.
The orchestra gives ca. 95 concerts per year for a range of audiences, at its home and rehearsal base in Sage Gateshead and further afield. RNS tours locally, regionally and internationally and records and broadcasts regularly. To complement RNS’s performances at Sage Gateshead, a programme of classical music by visiting orchestras, choirs and soloists completes a rounded classical music offer for audiences in the North East.
Over the past five years, Royal Northern Sinfonia has been developing its work significantly increasing its touring in the North and internationally and extended the nature of its activity to reach new audiences through a range of off-platform initiatives.
Sage Gateshead Values
Sage Gateshead’s success comes from the work of the teams who deliver the objectives of the organisation. Teams are made up of individuals who each bring a different set of skills, knowledge and experience which collectively contribute to achieving team and organisational success.
At Sage Gateshead our ‘People Strategy’ is focused on ensuring we employ people who share and believe in our culture and values. In addition, there is a focus on training, development, succession and career progression within the organisation. This will allow our best people to progress and allow Sage Gateshead to promote internally for future roles.
Sage Gateshead is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community – a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit. We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, staff engagement forums and services to support staff from different backgrounds
Sage Gateshead have five core values these are:
- Creative – in outlook and championing creativity and learning, particularly for Children & Young People, developing new ideas and open to change, in our organisation, our artists, our music and our audience
- Diverse – in our music and our programme, our audience and our workforce.
- Focused – on being professional, commercial and entrepreneurial to help deliver our mission
- Leading – there is excellence in all we do, in the music sector, in the local community and throughout our work
- Responsible – for our decisions and accountable for our actions
A place where we can ALL be ourselves #EqualityatSageGateshead
Overall purpose of the role
To assist the Orchestra Manager in the running of rehearsals and performances, plus transportation and set-up of orchestral equipment for all Royal Northern Sinfonia activity.
Responsibilities and Duties
Manage the platform for all orchestral rehearsals, concerts and recordings:
The post-holder will be required to attend all orchestral sessions (both internal and external), and to undertake the following associated duties:
- Draft stage plans for all forthcoming Royal Northern Sinfonia projects
- Manage and set-up orchestral equipment and instruments
- Manage the platform and any changes required
- Purchase and set up orchestral refreshments
Assist the Orchestra Manager in the smooth running of orchestral operations:
- Booking of freelance players and maintenance of fixing lists
- Work with the Orchestra Manager regarding Health and Safety including risk assessments and noise risk assessments. Specific responsibility for taking decibel meter readings and collating information.
- Assisting in the recruitment of players and in the audition process.
Manage the transportation of orchestral equipment to external venues as required:
- Ensure that all required orchestral equipment is loaded safely and securely onto the orchestral van for any external rehearsal, concert or recording.
- Plan routes and drive the orchestral van from/to any external venues.
Other duties and information:
- Regularly act as the Duty Orchestra Manager for full orchestra rehearsals, and for smaller scale chamber music projects
- Undertake relevant training if necessary, for First-Aid, Health and Safety, Manual Handling and other bespoke technical equipment training.
- To keep in close contact with other departments at Sage Gateshead, including Technical, Facilities and Building Service, to ensure smooth operations.
- To accept appropriate individual responsibility for the observance, promotion and implementation of Health & Safety, Customer Care, Equality and Diversity, Dignity at Work and other policies with the Trust.
- Undertake other duties appropriate to the post as requested by the Orchestra Manager in line with the needs of the organisation.
This is a full-time position with extremely variable working hours as dictated by the orchestral schedule.
Annual Leave will predominantly be taken when the orchestra is not working.
Knowledge, experience and skills required to do the job
- Full, Clean Driving License held for at least 2 years
- Candidates must be willing to regularly drive larger vehicles and be prepared to undertake training for additional driving licences if required. [NB: nothing above an ordinary licence is required to apply for this role]
- At least 1 year working in the performing arts sector or running orchestral events.
- Confidence in driving large vehicles and long distances.
- Excellent practicality and spatial awareness.
- Excellent and pro-active problem solving.
- Excellent awareness of health and safety procedures.
- Excellent attention to detail and communication skills.
- Ability to react quickly to changing situations and organise conflicting priorities.
- Ability to interact with a wide variety of people from high profile artists to team members to external venue staff.
- Willingness to learn about the classical music industry and the orchestral sector.
- This role will involve a large amount of manual handling and some very long shifts.
- This role will include national and international travel
- A passion for classical music and interest in working with performers.
- A-Level or Degree in music
- Experience in driving large vehicles and long distances
- Being able to hire larger vehicles, holding specific driving licences.
- Work within the orchestral sector or directly with orchestral musicians
- Confidence in a performance space
- Basic technical knowledge of lighting and/or amplification
- Some knowledge of Health & Safety at work legislation
- Skill and confidence in handling orchestral equipment including Double Bass, Timpani and Percussion.
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Sage Gateshead recruitment pack can be found here
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 holiday entitlement for this post is 33 days per annum pro rata (including statutory holidays).
The salary for this post is £20,736 per annum (SCP 18).
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, travel ticker scheme and auto-enrol pension.
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 4586 or [email protected]
Completed applications should be returned no later than 9am on Monday 24th February 2020.
Interviews will take place on Thursday 27th February 2020. Please indicate your availability for this date on your application.