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National Orchestra for All Programme Manager

We are looking for a National Orchestra for All Programme Manager to join our dynamic team on a part-time basis.

This is a crucial role within our organisation. 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.

Job Specification

Event planning and delivery

  • Plan and deliver all logistical aspects of NOFA activities throughout the season, in particular the four-day Summer Course in July, two weekend Winter Sessions in November and December and the two-day Spring Course in April
  • Work closely with the artistic team to deliver artistic content of NOFA season
  • Act as main point of contact for all NOFA events for parents, staff and delivery partners
  • Recruit and manage event staff and volunteers, including working with the Senior Programme Manager to deliver the one-day staff training course in July
  • Manage the relationship with venues for the delivery of all NOFA events, and investigate and book venues for future events
  • Work with the Head of Development and Communications on the marketing and PR for NOFA, including issuing press releases, designing print and online marketing materials and managing guest lists for events


  • Manage the nomination process
  • Manage correspondence with and act as main point of contact for parents, teachers and partner organisations throughout the nomination process
  • Work with the programmes team to meet targets for nominations and continue to broaden intake of young musicians from a range of backgrounds and locations
  • Maintain accurate records using records management systems (Salesforce)

Research and Evaluation

  • With the support of the Senior Programme Manager and research partners, plan and deliver the NOFA-specific strands of the Orchestras for All evaluation framework, including administering surveys and research diaries and coordinating focus groups and interviews
  • Carry out all necessary ethical requirements, including administering permission forms


  • Ensure the NOFA budgets are kept up to date, providing data for the Executive Director on a regular basis and in support of funding applications where necessary
  • With the support of the Senior Programme Manager, create draft budgets for future events
  • Manage the invoicing process for event staff, delivery partners and venues

General duties

  • Support the ongoing fundraising work, including in the development of case studies and provision of statistical data on NOFA membership
  • Act as an ambassador for NOFA and Orchestras for All outside of the workplace
  • Undertake any other duties appropriate to the role

Person Specification


  • Proven track record in project management and planning and delivering successful events
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to build productive relationships with a wide range of partners, in particular with hard-to-reach parents
  • Excellent strategic planning, record keeping and organisational skills
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities, work to deadlines and respond well to pressure
  • Good IT skills, in particular Microsoft Word and Excel (or equivalent)
  • Experience of managing a budget
  • Demonstrable interest in increasing access for young people in the arts


  • Experience of working with a youth music or arts organisation, particularly with a focus on young people usually excluded from arts opportunities
  • Experience of planning and delivering research and evaluation projects
  • Effective leadership skills with experience of recruiting and managing staff and volunteers
  • Experience in or willingness to learn skills in desktop publishing, creation of marketing materials and use of social media

Application Process

Please send your CV and one page covering letter outlining why you would like to work for Orchestras for All to Stuart Burns (

Deadline for Applications: 5pm, Monday 2 April 2018

Proposed Start Date: Monday 7 May 2018

Interview Process:                       

First Round: week commencing Monday 16 April 2018

Second Round: week commencing Monday 23 April 2018

Interested candidates are encouraged to come and meet the OFA team and see the work of the National Orchestra for All in action at the Spring Course finale concert – 4pm, Thursday 5 April at the Octagon Centre in Sheffield. The performance will also be live-streamed through our Facebook page. Tickets for the event can be ordered online.

Interviews will be held at Orchestras for All head office at Cecil Sharp House in Camden.

For any queries, contact Executive Director Stuart Burns at or on 0207 267 4141.

Join our Board of Trustees

Orchestras for All is at an exciting stage of its young life. Now in its seventh year, we work annually with over 400 young musicians through our three programmes, pioneering an innovative approach to bring ensemble music-making to an increasing number of young people with complex lives across the UK each year.

We are looking for three new trustees including one treasurer trustee to join our board to shape the future of this innovative music education charity. 

What is Orchestras for All?

Orchestras for All (OFA) believes that all young people should be able to access the life-changing experience of ensemble music-making whatever their circumstances. 

We work with young people (11-18) who face multiple challenges, including social, behavioural or learning difficulties, chronic medical conditions, being a young carer, living in an economically deprived household, having no fixed abode or being a newly arrived unaccompanied refugee. What unites our young people is a commitment and dedication to music, often in the most challenging of circumstances. 

We work to address the inconsistent provision of high quality music experiences across the UK in order to help disadvantaged young people realise their full potential and develop crucial life skills and self-belief. We do this through three targeted programmes: 

  • National Orchestra for All (NOFA) - which gives young people from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland the opportunity to join the only free, non-auditioned, mixed ability national youth orchestra in the UK. Over a nine-month season they come together to learn, create and perform music.
  • Modulo - which provides the support and resources to enable under-resourced schools and community groups to run ensembles ('Modulos'), regardless of musical skill level or instruments available. The national and regional meetings we arrange give the individual Modulos opportunities to meet and perform together as larger-scale orchestras.
  • Conductors for Change (CFC) - which offers a modular training programme for early-career music teachers and community music leaders to help them develop their music conducting and leadership skills through practical workshops with mixed ability ensembles and online tuition.

OFA is unique in its multi-dimensional approach to the problem of access for our beneficiaries. We tackle all kinds of barriers: logistical, financial, geographical, personal and cultural. Our combination of in and out of school music education activity, operating at school, community, regional and national level, is rare. So too is our focus on secondary, rather than primary school age players with complex lives; as well as our belief that starting a musical instrument relatively late - after the age of 11 or even much later - can still have huge benefits musically, socially and in terms of personal well-being.

To find out more about the work of Orchestras for All, take a look at our 2016-2017 Impact Report which outlines our key achievements for our most recent season of work and our impact on young musicians and music teachers across the UK.

Who are we looking for?

We work with young musicians who have shown dedication and commitment to music-making, and are looking for dedicated and committed individuals to help us shape the future of our organisation. Specifically, we are looking for individuals with expertise in the following areas:

  • Advocacy
  • Campaigning
  • Media / PR
  • Marketing
  • Diversity
  • Equal opportunities
  • Arts sector connections
  • Finance
  • Accounting

Out of the three positions, we are looking to recruit a treasurer trustee onto our board. A separate treasurer role description is available on request from the Orchestras for All team.

What does the role involve?

The role of a trustee is to:

  • Ensure Orchestras for All is carrying out its purposes for the public benefit
  • Ensure compliance with governing document and the law
  • Act in charity's best interests
  • Ensure the organisation is managing resources responsibly (duty of prudence)
  • Act with reasonable care and skill
  • Ensure Orchestras for All is accountable

We also hope you will be passionate about music and the arts, fervent in your desire to give young people access to music regardless of their personal circumstances, and convinced of the impact music can have on young people's wider lives. 

Remuneration: This is a volunteer role and as such will not be salaried.

Expenses: Expenses will be paid of reasonable costs for travel and other expenditure incurred whilst acting on behalf of Orchestras for All, including travelling to attend regional events. 

Meetings and time commitment: Trustee meetings are held every six-eight weeks in Central London, usually between 5-7pm. There are half-day and full-day meetings occasionally as and when needed for the development of strategy or significant plans. We expect this to happen no more than twice a year.

Additional time outside of meetings will be required for fundraising, networking, making introductions, reviewing policies and plans and meeting with OFA's leadership team. Trustees will be expected to attend key events throughout the year such as the final performance at the end of the NOFA Summer Course each July and the annual fundraiser, Musical Chairs. 

How do I apply?

Please send a covering letter (no more than two sides) outlining what you feel you can contribute to the work of Orchestras for All and why you would like to join our board. The closing date is Friday 9 March 2018, after which point we will be holding informal interviews with prospective candidates in March.

How do I find out more or register my interest?

Thank you so much for your interest in your role. Please contact Executive Director Stuart Burns at or on 0207 267 4141 to find out more about the role and to register your interest.

Download the trustee role description here and the treasurer role description here.

National Orchestra for All: Become an Adult Young Leader

Adult Young Leaders are former members of the National Orchestra for All, invited to return to support the orchestral tutor and pastoral staff teams at all three events throughout the NOFA season in a range of tasks, including supporting musically during rehearsals and assisting with the logistics of running a residential music course.

Dates: Summer Course in Leeds (25-28 July), Winter Sessions in Manchester (17-18 November) or London (1-2 December), Spring Course in Birmingham (10-11 April)

Eligibility: Any current member of NOFA who is leaving this year, or any NOFA member aged 18+ who has already left the programme. Spaces are limited and will be allocated first to those who left the programme this year.

Fee: This is a volunteer role so taking part is free - we'll cover all your travel, food and accommodation for all of the events.


  • To support the Orchestral Tutors and Pastoral Staff teams at all three events throughout the NOFA season. This will involve:
    • Supporting NOFA members musically during rehearsals and sectionals. This involves playing in all rehearsals and playing in the concerts.
    • Organising and delivering as a team the ‘ice-breaker’ session at the Summer Course. o You will be assigned to pastoral groups during all three courses and will support this group throughout the duration of the courses. This involves accompanying NOFA members at meal times and to/from accommodation locations.
    • You will travel to and from the events as necessary with NOFA members to assist the pastoral staff.
  • To assist OFA staff with the logistics of each course. This may involve registering NOFA members at events, helping to set up rehearsals and assisting with concert management.
  • To form part of a Youth Panel to reflect on and review the NOFA programme and to share ideas with OFA staff.
  • To attend the Safeguarding and Child Protection training delivered by Orchestras for All.
  • To assist with social media marketing during events.

How to apply: Complete and submit our online application form. The deadline for applications is Friday 4 May. Unfortunately, we will not be able to take all current NOFA members back as Adult Young Leaders. It is therefore important in your application form to make clear why you want to be an Adult Young Leader and what you will bring to the role.

Questions: If you have any questions at all about becoming an Adult Young Leader, please contact Myffy on or call on 0207 267 4141.

Volunteer Roles

We rely on a team of enthusiastic volunteers to run every Orchestras for All event. Volunteers are invited to join us for any or all of the events during the season and are welcome to support in a number of ways:

  • Support young musicians to learn repertoire during full and sectional rehearsals
  • Support young musicians during improvisation and composition sessions during the Regional and National Modulo Meets
  • Support young musicians during performances

We are also happy to involve volunteers in the behind-the-scenes work of the organisation, including pre-event planning, event delivery, impact and evaluation or general arts administration work including fundraising, marketing and PR.

If you are interested in being involved with OFA as a member of the events volunteers team for future events, please contact Head of Programmes and Operations, Stuart Burns.

Click here for a full list of volunteering opportunities for the 2017-2018 season (pdf)

Fair Access Principle

Orchestras for All is proud to have signed the Fair Access Principle - pledging to give fair access to all for all our volunteer, intern and apprentice positions.