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Philharmonia Orchestra

Archived: Chief Executive

The Philharmonia Orchestra is one of the world’s great orchestras. Widely acknowledged as a musical pioneer, the Philharmonia leads the field for its quality of playing and for its innovative approach to audience development, residencies, music education and the use of new technologies in reaching a global audience.

The Orchestra performs more than 160 concerts a year in the UK and overseas, as well as recording music for films, computer games and commercial CD releases. Under its Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor, Esa-Pekka Salonen, a series of flagship, visionary projects at the Royal Festival Hall, where the Orchestra performs over 35 concerts a season, have been critically received. Supporting its claim to be the UK’s national orchestra, the Philharmonia brings the same quality of live music-making to venues throughout the country as it brings to London and the great concert halls of the world. Since establishing a residency at The Corn Exchange in Bedford 20 years ago, the Orchestra has developed other long-term partnerships with De Montfort Hall in Leicester and the Anvil in Basingstoke, and more recently at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury and the Three Choirs Festival.

After many years successfully running the Philharmonia Orchestra, David Whelton will step down later this year. The Orchestra’s Board and Trustees are seeking an inspirational, ambitious and experienced individual to succeed him, building on his legacy of artistic success and financial stability and continuing to develop the Orchestra’s profile and reputation nationally and internationally.

The ideal candidate will be a senior executive in the music sector, wider arts, or creative industries, with a sound knowledge of the classical music world. He or she will have experience of managing substantial budgets and teams, together with strategic and artistic planning skills, entrepreneurial flair, and business acumen. A track record of fundraising from both private and public sector sources is essential, as are excellent interpersonal and diplomatic skills, with the ability to operate effectively at the highest political levels.

For an information pack, please contact Heather Newill, Director, AEM International, Arts Entertainment and Media Executive Search on

Closing date for applications Monday, 29th February.

The Philharmonia Orchestra is an equal opportunities employer.

The Philharmonia Orchestra is supported by Arts Council England.