Trustee Recruitment

Orchestras Live is seeking new trustees. 

  • Are you passionate about live music?
  • Do you want to play a part in making sure that everyone has the opportunity to access high quality orchestral performances?
  • Would you value being one of a diverse group of trustees working together to make this happen?

Orchestras Live is looking for people like you to play a key role in the future development of this vibrant charity.

A national music charity  with over 50 years’ experience, Orchestras Live believes  orchestras are for everyone.  We are now looking for up to four new trustees from across England  with an enthusiasm for  orchestral music and  belief in  its potential to transform lives.

As a trustee, you will play a crucial role in helping Orchestras Live to create environments where music and creativity can thrive. We work to ensure diverse communities across the country have access to world-class orchestral experiences, particularly in culturally under-served rural, coastal and disadvantaged urban areas outside London. We are seeking to recruit trustees to be active and involved members of a dynamic and ambitious team and to take forward the strategic development of the charity.

We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds, age groups and cultures. It is not necessary to have previous trustee or committee experience as training will be provided.

We are committed to improving the diversity of the orchestral sector on and off the platform and aim to reflect this ambition in the  make up  of our Board.  We help make this possible by providing access support for people with disabilities,  meeting in accessible venues,  being flexible in scheduling meetings at different times of day  and  covering travel expenses.

We would particularly, but not exclusively,  welcome applications from people who can contribute to the Board’s effectiveness in  any or a combination of  the  following areas:

  • Orchestral  music – whether performance, programming or promotion
  • Finance  – professional background as accountant or finance director (accountancy qualification would be an advantage)
  • Health & Wellbeing –  health sector policy development; arts and health  initiatives

Trustees meet  as a full Board at least  four times a year  supplemented by a small number of  standing  committees  and working groups as required.  Board meetings  usually  take place  in London,  with  at least  one a year outside London  and an annual Awayday.  Committees and working groups  often meet  virtually  via video/phone  conference.  Trustees are expected to attend at least two Orchestras Live activities annually and contribute to our internal evaluation  systems.

Whilst the  role is voluntary and unpaid,  travel and other  appropriate  expenses are reimbursed.

Informal interviews are expected to take place in August 2019. See below for more information and how to apply.

Role of Trustees

The Trustees have ultimate accountability for directing the affairs of Orchestras Live, and ensuring that it is solvent, well run, and delivering the charitable outcomes for which it has been set up. Trustees must act with integrity and avoid any personal conflicts of interests and are expected to be champions for Orchestras Live whenever the opportunity arises.

All Trustees need to meet the following essential criteria:

  • Commitment to  and support of  Orchestras Live’s  purpose and vision;
  • The ability to think strategically and exercise sound judgement;
  • An ability to reflect their own area of expertise in the full range of board discussions;
  • Demonstrable ability to champion Orchestras Live both within their own context and that of Orchestras Live networks and events;
  • A clear understanding of, or willingness to undertake training to acquire, the principles of  charitable and  corporate governance.

In return, we offer you the opportunity to be an essential part of the future development of an innovative and forward thinking organisation, bringing the thrill of live orchestral music to people and places all over England and leading new thinking in the sector. Being a trustee will provide you with new insight into the charitable and cultural sectors and the opportunity to build your knowledge and skills.

More about Orchestras Live

Orchestras Live is a creative producer.   Our partnerships are essential to create orchestral experiences for communities all across England, particularly in areas where cultural investment is low. We work with  orchestras and  artists, local authorities, community groups, music education hubs, venues, promoters  and other stakeholders committed to  ensuring inclusive access to high quality live orchestral events.  The work is made possible through a variety of funders: statutory, local authority, commissioners  and  private  trusts and foundations.

Please browse our website for more information about our work, and read about some of our recent projects here.

More information about being a trustee can be found here.

How to apply

Please email your CV and a covering letter explaining why the role appeals to you and what you could bring to Orchestras Live. Please address your letter to our Chair, Tony Stoller and email it to

The closing date for applications is  Friday, 12 July  at 12 noon.  Informal interviews are expected to take place in August 2019.