Council (Board) Members
The London Sinfonietta is seeking to appoint a number of new Trustees for its Council (Board).
The Council is the principal leadership body for the charity ensuring strategic and operational decisions are congruent with the mission and objectives of the organisation and are operated within the laws and regulations that govern. Artistic and Operational strategy and decisions are delegated to the Management Team of thirteen led by Chief Executive & Artistic Director Andrew Burke. Development and Finance Working Groups jointly formed by members of both Council and Staff report back to the Council itself. London Sinfonietta is seeking new trustees to join the Council as it moves beyond its 50th anniversary and embarks on the next stages of its development.
The essential requirement of any applicant is a commitment both to the contemporary arts and to sustaining the breadth of work and reputation of the ensemble across the UK and abroad. Applications are particularly welcomed from those with professional expertise in the following areas: audience development, education & community engagement, finance and fundraising. The London Sinfonietta particularly welcomes interest from applications from people currently under-represented within Board positions. These include but are not limited to women, those from the LGBT+ community, people with disabilities, and those from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic background.
About the London Sinfonietta
The London Sinfonietta is one of the world’s leading contemporary music ensembles. Formed in 1968, our commitment to making new music has seen us commission 400 works and premiere hundreds more. Our ethos is to commission and perform music from the best composers living today, performed by world-class musicians. We are a bold and innovative organisation that seeks to engage and inspire a world-wide audience by curating ambitious and risk-taking concert formats and projects. From musical messages to the government, to operas about climate change – we’re not afraid to make a statement. We regularly collaborate with other musicians, artists and contemporary art forms which helps us reach a wider audience. The organisation is committed to involving the public in its work – it is renowned for its education & community programme, which has evolved over the past 35 years.
Resident at Southbank Centre and Artistic Associate at Kings Place, with a busy touring schedule across the UK and abroad, our core eighteen Principal Players represent some of the best musicians in the world. Across our history, we have worked with many of the greatest living creators and interpreters of new music. The ensemble has just completed its 50th anniversary season, and celebrated its past relationship with composers of the post-war period including Stockhausen, Ligeti, Henze, Berio, Xenakis and Gorecki. Today the range of artistic collaborators includes composers Sir George Benjamin, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Tansy Davies, Beat Furrer, Kaija Saariaho, Enno Poppe, Steve Reich and Michel van de Aa, and cross-disciplinary artists such as Mica Levi, Matthew Herbert, Mira Calix, Christian Marclay and many more.
The next phase of the organisation’s work includes on-going associations with UK organisations such as the The Royal Opera, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Music Theatre Wales, the Central St Martins School of Art and the Royal Academy of Music. The London Sinfonietta is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation from 2018-2022. The organisation receives regular national press attention for its work, not least because of its ambitious programme of new pieces and projects.
“The world’s top new-music ensemble” The Times, January 2018
“The London Sinfonietta doesn’t do nostalgia” New York Times, January 2018
“As gripping avante-gard orchestral theatre, it has never been surpassed” ***** The Times, for Stockhausen’s Trans, December 2017
“The orchestra maintained an astonishing intensity of communication. An enthralling performance” ***** The Guardian for Haas’ in vain, April 2016
Closing date for applications – 31 March 2020