Traineeships Currently Available
The Philharmonia Orchestra is offering a traineeship within its busy Concerts Department. This traineeship offers a unique opportunity to experience the workings of one of the world’s busiest orchestras, specifically assisting the Concerts and Tours Assistant with the Orchestra’s busy touring schedule and working alongside the Manager of the London Season to assist with the Orchestra’s flagship concert series at the Royal Festival Hall. This is a full time position and it will suit a person who has a passion for classical music, a keen eye for detail and the ability to think on their feet.
Hours: 9.30am - 5.30pm, 5 days per week, with additional evenings and weekends as required. Placements are voluntary and unpaid, although travel expenses (maximum equivalent of monthly travelcard, London zones 1 - 6, per month, during each Trainee placement) and a lunch allowance are available.
Please apply by sending a CV and covering letter to Diego Podesta, Philharmonia Orchestra, 6th Floor, The Tower Building, 11 York Road, London, SE1 7NX or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for applications: Friday 15 August 2014, 17.00
Interviews to be held w/b 18 August.
Closing date: 15 August 2014, 17:00
Contact: Diego Podesta (email@example.com)
Download: Concerts Department Trainee.pdf
About our Traineeships
We offer six training placements and are looking for individuals who are passionate about music and the performing arts, and committed to making a career in arts management and administration.
"The Arts Management Training Programme provides fantastic hands-on experience of the music business. Working in the library, I was set in a unique position between the office and the orchestra, and as a result not only learned the skills needed to be an orchestral librarian, but gained an invaluable insight into how the orchestra operates on multiple levels. Through working with both the musicians and the administration, I not only gained a lot of important experience, but also had a huge amount of fun and heard some great music at the same time! My time at the Philharmonia Orchestra undoubtedly gave me the required training to start my career in orchestral management." Tom Alexander, Library Trainee, December 2012 - April 2013
See below for further details (if you would like to apply for traineeships in more than one Department please send a separate CV for each application you wish to make). Please click on the relevant option for further details.
Placements are voluntary and unpaid, although travel expenses (maximum equivalent of monthly travelcard, London zones 1 - 6, per month, during each Trainee placement) and a lunch allowance are available.
Currently open to applications
- Development Department Trainee (from August 2014)
Currently closed to applications
- Concerts Department Trainee (from August/September 2014)
- Education Department Trainee (from July 2014)
- Marketing Department Trainee (from August/September 2014)
- Digital Department Trainee (from October 2014)
- Orchestral Librarianship Trainee (from January 2015)
Unfortunately, we are unable to offer short-term work placements. Placements are normally awarded on a 6-month basis.
"I found my time as a trainee incredibly valuable. I learned so much, from filmmaking and production, to digital design and PHP scripting. I met and got to know many people within both the digital and classical music industries. But best of all, I felt like I was a valuable part of a talented and dedicated team." Guy Jones, Digital Department Trainee, March-September 2011
Among the benefits offered by the programme are:
- The opportunity to gain inside knowledge and hands-on experience within a thriving and dynamic arts organisation
- The opportunity to shadow and learn from experienced professionals
- The opportunity to form contacts within the arts administration world
- The chance to learn from other departments about their role within the organisation through a series of presentations
- Access to training courses, such as those run by the Association of British Orchestras
- Careers advice, including assistance with CV presentation and interview technique
Successful candidates will be encouraged to attend the Orchestra’s performances and to meet members and supporters of the Orchestra.
Previous trainees have gone on to forge successful careers in leading arts organisations, agencies and production companies such as Harrison Parrott, IMG Artists, Faber Music, The Sixteen, English National Opera, Shakespeare’s Globe, The Royal Ballet, The Royal Opera House, English Chamber Orchestra, Southbank Centre, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, the BBC, Touch Press, Intermusica, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and even the Philharmonia Orchestra itself. Many trainees go on to lead successful freelance careers as well.
"The programme gave me a fantastic insight into the busy life of an orchestral education programme and provided me with many opportunities, from being backstage at family concerts to attending workshops with the Royal Shakespeare Company. I learnt a lot in my time with the Philharmonia and the opportunity undoubtedly helped me start my career in arts administration." Ellie Cowan, Education Trainee, September 2009 - February 2010
For queries, please telephone 020 7921 3900.
The Philharmonia Orchestra is committed to equal opportunities. We are working to achieve diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community.