Head of Residencies


Ivy Rock Partners are delighted to be working with The Philharmonia Orchestra in seeking an outstanding individual to nurture and develop the Philharmonia’s extensive series of residencies and relationships with major UK concert halls, and its diverse portfolio of external recordings, projects and film work, as well as seeking out new partnerships and other income streams for the organisation. This senior level appointment will help to re-launch the Orchestra to new and existing audiences after COVID-19 disruption, and play a key role in developing the profile of our new Principal Conduct, Santtu-Matias Rouvali. The Head of Residencies and Engagements plays a crucial role at the Philharmonia. The successful candidate will have relevant managerial experience, excellent interpersonal, organisational and budgetary skills, and a passion for music of all genres. The post holder will work closely with the Directors of Artistic Planning, Marketing and Development to implement the engagement strategy. Willingness to work unsocial hours and to travel to concert venues outside London is essential.

Based in London at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, the Philharmonia creates thrilling performances for a global audience. Through its network of residencies, the Orchestra has a national footprint, serving communities across England both in performance and through its extensive outreach and engagement programme. Founded in 1945, in part as a recording orchestra for the nascent home audio market, today the Philharmonia uses the latest digital technology to reach new audiences for symphonic music.

The Philharmonia is led by Finnish conductor and composer Esa-Pekka Salonen, its Principal Conductor & Artistic Advisor since 2008. Fellow Finn Santtu-Matias Rouvali takes over from Salonen as Principal Conductor in the 2021/22 season.

During the Covid-19 lockdown, the Philharmonia’s strong digital programme has enabled the Orchestra to maintain an international presence, with a global audience enjoying live-streamed concerts and the critically acclaimed free Philharmonia Sessions series. The Philharmonia is a registered charity. It relies on income from a wide range of sources to deliver its programme, and is proud to be generously supported by Arts Council England.

Role and responsibilities

Regional residencies Working closely with the Director of Artistic Planning to develop and deliver the Orchestra’s residency programmes at Bedford Corn Exchange, De Montfort Hall Leicester, Marlowe Theatre Canterbury, The Anvil Basingstoke, Three Choirs Festival and Garsington Opera, and others as appropriate. Working closely with the Development Department, leading in the negotiation of Residency agreements in order to secure sustainable financial models with each venue, and seeking support from local councils where appropriate; acting as a focal point for colleagues (in particular those in the Marketing and Learning & Engagement Departments) in order to present an integrated approach to residency planning, spear-heading initiatives as necessary.

These responsibilities will include:

  • Working closely with the Director of Artistic Planning to oversee the planning and delivery of the Orchestra’s concerts at each residency venue, securing dates at an early stage and linking the residency programmes as far as possible to the Orchestra’s London Season, and creating bespoke UK touring projects.
  • Managing the Orchestra’s relationship with the local staff and administration at each venue.
  • Liaising with funding partners, including local authorities and other agencies to secure the Orchestra’s financial agreements for each residency; demonstrating a clear understanding of the requirements of such partners.
  • Together with the Development Department, managing the relationship with the Bedford Trust and building relationships with its Trustees, and contributing to regular reports about the Bedford Residency on behalf of the concerts team, alongside additional contributions from Development, Marketing, and Learning and Engagement.
  • Working with the Chief Executive and Director of Artistic Planning to identify and develop potential new regional residencies, as appropriate.
  • Liaising with colleagues in the Orchestra’s Marketing Department to optimise communication, sales and marketing opportunities in relation to the regional residencies.
  • Liaising with the Orchestra’s Learning & Engagement Department and Director of Artistic Planning in order to create and facilitate opportunities for collaboration (such as schools’ concerts and community programmes) as an integral part of the planning process
  • Liaising with the Orchestra’s Development Department in order to generate new funding opportunities to support the residencies, and to help foster existing relationships with principal supporters and organisations (such as Philharmonia Friends and high-net-worth individuals).
  • Taking overall responsibility for the co-promotions budget and forecast, maintaining a detailed overview of all income and expenditure (liaising with the Director of Artistic Planning where artists’ fees are to be negotiated as part of a “package” with fees for the London Season).
  • Ensuring that the number of co-promotions in any given period is sufficient to meet the targets in the Orchestra’s business plan

The Philharmonia Orchestra is committed to ensuring equitable opportunities and a welcoming environment for all those that engage in our work. We strive for a more representative workforce and encourage applications from under-represented groups in the UK arts workforce, particularly those from Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority backgrounds, from lower socio-economic statuses, d/Deaf and Disabled applicants, and those from the LGBTQIA+ community. If you require any Reasonable Adjustments to apply for this position or attend an interview, please write to Phil Southern at Ivy Rock Partners, with ‘Reasonable Adjustments’ in the subject line

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