Take a look below for our current player and administration job vacancies.

Chief Executive

Location: London

Closing date: 29th Feb 2016

The Philharmonia Orchestra is one of the world’s great orchestras. Widely acknowledged as a musical pioneer, the Philharmonia leads the field for its quality of playing and for its innovative approach to audience development, residencies, music education and the use of new technologies in reaching a global audience.

The Orchestra performs more than 160 concerts a year in the UK and overseas, as well as recording music for films, computer games and commercial CD releases. Under its Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor, Esa-Pekka Salonen, a series of flagship, visionary projects at the Royal Festival Hall, where the Orchestra performs over 35 concerts a season, have been critically received. Supporting its claim to be the UK’s national orchestra, the Philharmonia brings the same quality of live music-making to venues throughout the country as it brings to London and the great concert halls of the world. Since establishing a residency at The Corn Exchange in Bedford 20 years ago, the Orchestra has developed other long-term partnerships with De Montfort Hall in Leicester and the Anvil in Basingstoke, and more recently at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury and the Three Choirs Festival.

After many years successfully running the Philharmonia Orchestra, David Whelton will step down later this year. The Orchestra’s Board and Trustees are seeking an inspirational, ambitious and experienced individual to succeed him, building on his legacy of artistic success and financial stability and continuing to develop the Orchestra’s profile and reputation nationally and internationally.

The ideal candidate will be a senior executive in the music sector, wider arts, or creative industries, with a sound knowledge of the classical music world. He or she will have experience of managing substantial budgets and teams, together with strategic and artistic planning skills, entrepreneurial flair, and business acumen. A track record of fundraising from both private and public sector sources is essential, as are excellent interpersonal and diplomatic skills, with the ability to operate effectively at the highest political levels.

For an information pack, please contact Heather Newill, Director, AEM International, Arts Entertainment and Media Executive Search on Closing date for applications Monday, 29th February.

The Philharmonia Orchestra is an equal opportunities employer.

The Philharmonia Orchestra is supported by Arts Council England.

Supporting Documents:

Candiate Information Document

Philharmonia Ltd Finacial Statements 2014-15


Player Vacancies


Joint Principal Bassoon

Auditions Thursday 7, Friday 8 and possibly Saturday 9 April 2016. Successful applicants will be invited to an audition consisting of the first movement of either the WA Mozart Bassoon Concerto in Bb K191, or the Weber Bassoon Concerto in F Op 75, and orchestra excerpts. No cadenzas are required. Orchestral excerpts will be provided in advance by the Philharmonia.

Closing date: 26 February 2016

Administration Vacancies

There are currently no administration vacancies.

Traineeships Currently Available

Development Department Trainee

The Philharmonia's Development Department is currently offering a six-month traineeship as part of the Orchestra's Arts Management Training Programme. The Development Department plays a crucial role, enabling the Orchestra to carry out its valuable work by fundraising from individuals, businesses and charitable trusts. This is a unique opportunity to learn about all aspects of fundraising, with a specific focus on the Friends scheme and event management. For further information, please read the attached document and watch our short film on the Arts Management Training Programme. 

Placements are full-time, 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.

If you are interested in applying for the position, please submit a covering letter and CV to before the closing date.

Closing date: 12 February 2016, 12:00

Contact: Natalie Adams (

Download: Development Trainee Jd 2016.pdf

Marketing Department Trainee

The Philharmonia Orchestra is one of the world’s busiest orchestras, giving over 150 concerts each year. Our principal home is at the Royal Festival Hall in London, but we also have residencies across the UK and tour internationally.

The Marketing Department is responsible for communicating the Orchestra’s wide-ranging activities to the widest possible audience, and bringing as many people as possible into contact with the Orchestra’s work, whether that is attending live concerts, following the Orchestra’s activities online or buying Philharmonia recordings.

The Marketing Trainee has the chance to observe the Department’s staff, both individually and as a team, as they work to meet sales targets, build the Orchestra’s profile and develop new audiences. You will learn how an efficient ticket sales operation is run, and gain insight into the latest arts marketing practices.

To apply, e-mail a CV and covering letter to by noon Friday 26th February 2016. Interviews will take place during the week commencing Monday 29th February.

Closing date: 26 February 2016, 12:00

Contact: Kitty Watkins (

Download: Marketing Department Trainee June 2015 00000002.doc