Youth & Ensembles Officer (fixed term)


£17,500 / annum

Application Deadline

Job description

This is a 6 month fixed-term role.

The world-renowned City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra is seeking a Youth & Ensembles Officer to work as part of our Learning & Participation programme. Each year the CBSO’s Learning & Participation department provides over 70,000 engagement opportunities through our diverse programme of activity which takes place throughout Birmingham and across the Midlands.

The CBSO’s Learning & Participation programme currently provides performance and workshop opportunities for early years groups through to older people living in residential care, a broad programme of schools based activities for both mainstream and special schools, partnership programmes with Music Education Hubs for Gifted and Talented pupils and a series of main season orchestral concerts for schools and families.

The CBSO Youth Orchestra is also managed through the Learning & Participation department. Working with 110 exceptionally talented young musicians each year, the CBSO Youth Orchestra undertakes ambitious repertoire and commissions new works from some of the UK’s leading composers, in addition to working with world class conductors and soloists.

The Youth & Ensembles Officer reports directly to the Learning & Participation Manager, but also works closely with the CBSO’s Planning, Orchestral Management and Marketing departments as well as the members of the CBSO and a cohort of freelance music staff.

How to apply

Please send a CV of no more than two pages together with the names of two referees and a succinct covering letter explaining why you think you are our ideal candidate to:

Hollie Dunster, HR Manager
CBSO Centre, Berkley Street, Birmingham, B1 2LF

If you have any queries relating to the application process, please contact Hollie Dunster on 0121 616 6515
If you would like to know more about the CBSO, or the job itself, please feel free to contact Lauren Craner, Learning & Participation Manager, at to arrange a confidential conversation.

Essential skills

  • A collaborative worker who can relate to people at all levels and of all ages and backgrounds
  • A focused and enthusiastic team player who is also able to work on his/her own initiative
  • Have an excellent eye for detail and be experienced in using and developing accurate record-keeping systems
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work in a pressurised environment and deliver results within changing circumstances and priorities
  • Ability to liaise with large numbers of young people as part of internal and external events
  • Proven ability and enthusiasm for working with children & young people, and an understanding of Safeguarding


Hollie Dunster



0121 616 6500