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National Orchestra for All Programme Manager

Job description

Orchestras for All challenges disadvantage through music and gives 11-18 year olds the life-changing experience of making music together. We run three unique programmes all dedicated to achieving this goal:

  • National Orchestra for All (NOFA) – a unique mixed ability youth orchestra comprising 100 young people from across the UK, who come together throughout a nine-month season to learn, create, rehearse and perform ensemble music. 

  • Modulo Programme – an innovative programme supporting under- resourced schools and community groups to run ensembles (‘Modulos’), regardless of musical skill level or instruments available, and providing opportunities to perform together as large scale orchestras. 

  • Conductors for Change – a modular training programme for early-career music teachers and community music leaders to develop their conducting skills through face-to-face workshops with mixed ability ensembles and online courses. 

With the support of the Senior Programme Manager, the NOFA Programme Manager leads on the complex logistical planning required in the months leading up to and during each nine-month NOFA season, beginning in July with the annual four-day Summer Course in Leeds. The role involves building strong relationships with hard-to-reach families and young people, supporting each NOFA member to overcome specific access barriers, ensuring their attendance at each event. The NOFA Programme Manager is also responsible for the budget management of the programme and, with support from research partners, carrying out the programme's impact measurement and evaluation, as set by the Orchestras for All evaluation framework.

The salary is £25,000 annually, paid pro rata based on a 2.5-day working week. We are flexible as to how the 2.5 days are worked across the week. The position is offered on a fixed term contract for twelve months (from May 2018 onwards) with a view to renew, funding permitting. The position will primarily be based at our office at Cecil Sharp House in Camden. The NOFA Programme Manager is expected to attend all NOFA events around the UK throughout the season.

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