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Chineke! Foundation

The Chineke! Foundation is a UK Registered Charity which provides career opportunities for Black and ethnically diverse classical musicians in the UK, Europe and further afield. Chineke!’s mission is: ‘Championing change and celebrating diversity in classical music’. The organisation aims to be a catalyst for change, bringing about an increase in the representation of diverse musicians in British and European orchestras.

As Orchestra Manager/PA to the Artistic & Executive Director, you will play a vital role in working closely with our Artistic & Executive Director in booking musicians for all Chineke! Orchestra projects and looking after the Artistic & Executive Director’s busy diary.

You will be a part of the administrative heart of the organisation, reporting directly to the Artistic & Executive Director. You will play a crucial role in the planning and execution of all Chineke! Orchestra and Chineke! Chamber Ensemble projects, ensuring that musicians are booked in a timely manner and that they attend Chineke! projects as planned. You will be the primary point of contact for our musicians, and will work with the other members of the management team to ensure the smooth operation of the orchestra’s concerts and recordings. You will also be the Personal Assistant to the Artistic & Executive Director, arranging and organising her busy diary of meetings week on week.

A detailed role description is available at chineke.org/orchestra-manager-pa.

Person specification


  • Experience of working in an orchestral/classical music environment. 
  • Extremely organised with excellent attention to detail.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Ability to work calmly and efficiently under pressure.
  • Willingness to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends if necessary.
  • Ability to work under own initiative.
  • A high standard of written and oral English.
  • General IT skills, including the use of Mac/Windows and Microsoft Office software.
  • A good knowledge of the workings of modern arts organisations and venues.
  • Commitment to advancing the cause of diversity in classical music and the arts.


  • A music degree or equivalent.
  • A full, clean driving licence. 
  • The ability to learn new skills quickly.
  • Positivity, energy and a creative mind!

How to apply

If you wish to apply, please send your CV and a covering letter explaining your interest in the post and why you think you would be suited to it to: chantal@chineke.org.

The Chineke Foundation is an equal opportunities employer, and we actively welcome applications from people of all backgrounds.

Application deadline: 11.59pm, Friday 12 March
Interviews: w/c Monday 15 March