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Job Vacancy: Director Royal Northern Sinfonia and Classical Music Programme

The deadline for applications is Monday 6 June at 5pm.

Posted on 29 April 2022

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Sage Gateshead is one of the biggest music charities in the UK, serving the North of England with an international perspective and deep regional roots.

Based in an iconic Foster + Partners building which has two auditoriums, a rehearsal space, and a 25 room Music Education Centre, in addition to bars, a café, restaurant and public spaces.  It is home to one of the UK’s leading chamber orchestras, Royal Northern Sinfonia, and each year the charity produces a multi-genre programme of events and festivals featuring musicians from across the world, as well as extensive creative learning and artist development programmes.

Royal Northern Sinfonia has established itself as one of the world’s finest chamber orchestras, performing on international stages such as the Musikverein in Vienna; Concertgebouw, Amsterdam; NCPA, Beijing; and at La Folle Journée Festival, Tokyo; with regular appearances in venues and festivals across the UK, including at the BBC Proms. As well as performing as a chamber orchestra, musicians work in smaller ensembles and take on development roles to build the artistic identity, audiences, and links across the region. RNS is particularly close to its audiences, with its members living and working across the region.

The Director of Royal Northern Sinfonia & Classical Music Programme will lead the vision, strategy, and practical delivery for Sage Gateshead’s classical music, through the Royal Northern Sinfonia and the organisation’s classical music programming and will hold a wider strategic role as a member of the Leadership Team.  In collaboration with the Principal Conductor and members of RNS, the Director will set and implement a distinctive artistic vision for the orchestra, as well as developing artistic relationships, projects, and approaches to programming with visiting ensembles and musicians which contribute to a world-class classical music offer for the North East and the development of a broad audience.

The ideal candidate will have the vision and creativity to lead and shape classical music as a central part of Sage Gateshead’s activity, bringing credibility and contacts within the music business at a national and international level. Knowledge of orchestras and a track record of working successfully with musicians and creative individuals are essential, as is experience in leading teams, financial management and communications. A strong commitment to developing a broad audience in the North and to finding ways for a wide range of people, especially young people, to connect with classical music is a key part of the Director’s role. 

We want out workforce to be representative of the audiences, people and communities we serve.  We are an inclusive employer and are committed to improving diversity in our organisation.  We encourage and welcome applications from individuals from all backgrounds, particularly those who are underrepresented in the cultural sector.

For further information about the role and how to apply, please view our recruitment pack.

The deadline for applications is Monday 6 June at 5pm.