£46,050 - £51,530 per annum
Closing Date
31/05/2024 - 12:00
Employer Barbican

Music Programmer (Classical Music)

Department: Music
Grade E
Job Type: Permanent, 35 hours per week
Salary range: £46,050 – £51,530 per annum (inclusive of Inner London Weighting), dependent on skills and experience

About us

We are London’s Creative Catalyst for arts, curiosity, and enterprise. We spark creative possibilities and transformation for artists, audiences, and communities to inspire, connect and provoke debate. Our eclectic programme features the most exciting performers and artists in music, theatre, dance, the visual arts, cinema, and beyond. We work with artists at every stage of their career, supporting and fostering opportunities for ground-breaking new talent as well as promoting the work of world-class artists. 

Our boundary-pushing Music programme is renowned for its range, ambition, and inclusivity. Alongside our partners, we provide some of the most exciting musical experiences in the capital, from dazzling classical concerts and opera to unique shows with leading contemporary artists, cutting-edge electronic creations, durational experiences, and cross-arts collaborations.

The Role

The Music department is seeking a passionate Classical Music Programmer with the knowledge, creative flair, and experience to contribute to The Barbican’s world-leading programme. The post holder will deliver a dynamic, distinctive, and world-class programme aligned with the Barbican’s audience development strategy and purposeful programming mission and values. We are committed to creating a music programme that is ambitious, inclusive, enterprising, distinctive, relevant and one that offers our artists opportunities for creative development. 

Working closely with the Head of Music, the Classical Programmer will research, create and lead on the majority of the classical and contemporary classical music own promotion events at the Barbican Centre and Milton Court. You will nurture and develop Barbican’s relationships with associate partners including LSO, BBCSO, Academy of Ancient Music, and international partners and resident artists. You will also initiate new relationships and creative partnerships and reach across the whole artistic programme to contribute to interdisciplinary events. The Classical Music Programmer together with the Head of Music will be the main point of contact with the Guildhall School of Music for all classical programming in Milton Court. 

Essential requirements:

  • Excellent knowledge of and interest in music and the arts, and in particular music (with a specialist knowledge of classical and classical contemporary, artists and repertoire)
  • An extensive knowledge of the music industry, and a thorough understanding of all the creative processes of music-making.
  • A proven track-record of original, creative classical programming in an arts venue, ensemble or festival context.
  • A wide network of contacts across the artistic field both in the UK and internationally. 
  • Experience of budget planning, negotiation and management in a fast-moving environment

You must be able to demonstrate:

  • A collaborative and enabler approach, with a keen awareness of different audiences and styles of presentation. 
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to influence and lead people, and relate at all levels. 
  • The ability to work independently in a multi-task environment as well as part of a dynamic and supportive team is essential, as is an independent, flexible approach to problem-solving. 
  • Ability to work inclusively and collaboratively across boundaries to achieve positive outcomes. 
  • The ability to work to tight deadlines and maintain a calm, ordered approach.

Closing date is 31 May 2024, 12pm. Please note that we are unable to accept late applications. 

Interviews are to be held in person, dates are to be confirmed. 

For a confidential discussion, please contact Imogen Williams, PA to the Head of Music, at Imogen.Williams@barbican.org.uk. You might want to find out more about the kind of work we do, or just ask a quick practical question about the application process. We can also share with you in advance the type of interview questions that will be asked on the day if you wish.

We’re committed to increasing diversity of staff within the Barbican. As an organisation we welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and experiences. We are particularly keen to encourage interest from people with disabilities, LGBTQIA+, Black, Asian, and other global majority backgrounds. In recognising the positive value of diversity, we want to better reflect and understand the communities we exist to serve.

We are members of the Disability Confident Scheme and guarantee to interview all disabled candidates who would like to be considered under this scheme and who meet the minimum essential criteria for the role. We support and provide adjustments for people with disabilities – if you have a disability and need help with the application process please contact us.

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