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11 July 2022

We’re seeking a new General Manager to help us acheive our ambitions to throughout the 22-23 season and beyond.

Launched with inauspicious timing during the pandemic, the Bath Festival Orchestra has quickly gained a reputation for attracting  the finest young musical talent, an exciting repertoire including overlooked female composers and an innovative school outreach programme in East London producing quantifiable outcomes. Under the artistic direction of Peter Manning, it has won impressive reviews “…the BFO…made a truly impressive appearance at Kings Place….dazzling us with the hot Mediterranean sunshine of
Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony, and giving the UK premiere of Alba Rosa Viëtor’s Five Symphonic Sketches from 1962. This was a revelation.” and “All credit to the string principals here before the wondrously shadowy Scherzo fantastico second movement. Ginastera’s imagination is astonishing, the energy white-hot at times.” and performed challenging music
to an exceptional standard.

The BFO shares the passion of Yehudi Menuhin, the founder of the original BFO, for nurturing young talent. However, the revived BFO is at an inflection point. It has no ‘base’ or ‘community’ to draw on; its brand and messaging needs re-framing in a highly competitive orchestra market, and it faces commercial headwinds with concert-going audience numbers down from pre-pandemic. The BFO has strong support from some London high net worth individuals though no ACE funding to date (though
a joint application with the Bath Festival has been made) and a hesitancy among trusts and foundations to donate until it is well established.

After doing sterling service getting the BFO up and running in trying circumstances, the current General Manager is taking a job at the BBC. The BFO now seeks fresh blood, to challenge the trustees about their direction, to apply marketing flair to our 2023/2024 programme and work to maximise our relationship with the Bath Festival.

Core responsibilities:
● Guide the BFO as it seeks to define its USP with analysis of audiences, competitors and international and regional opportunities
● Working close with the Artistic Director and Chairman Charles Lewington, take lead responsibility for, and day to day management of, all BFO activities
● Review and then oversee freelance contracts that deliver education; concert management; fixing; marketing; digital presence (including web); social media; press relations; book-keeping
● Support Chair and Board in fund-raising endeavours, alongside a specialist trust and foundations applicant writer and HNW consultant
● To reassure the Board that we deploy best practice governance, including safeguarding for young people – from ages 11 to 30.
● Support Artistic Director in strategic partnership development
● Support Assistant Artistic Director Maren Bosma in personnel management; rehearsal planning; artistic liaison; repertoire and artistic development
● Ensure payment of all invoices and musicians fees
● With AD and AAD plan artistic programmes; book and contract venues and guest artists (own promotions)
● Research and sell BFO activities to third parties for profit (external hires)
● Deliver annual budgeting cycle and manage project budgets
● Attend all BFO concerts

Board objectives:

While these are not to be seen as KPIs of the role, the Chairman of the Board has set the following short and medium-term objectives:
1. Lead a process to refresh and redefine the BFO’s brand and core messages by end Q3 – and help the Board answer the question of the BFO’s ‘home base.’
2. Agree the plan and commercial terms for a new ‘residency’ at the Bath Festival in May 2023 (Q4)
3. Given 1, review the planned repertoire for 23/24 and provide challenge to our current thinking. (Q3)
4. Review the service provided by all subcontractors to ensure the BFO punches above its weight in marketing and PR.

Salary: For negotiation, given potential time commitment. The current GM is contracted for three days a week, but the Board is open to a discussion about what might be necessary given the BFO’s ambitions.

Job Title: General Manager
Line Manager: Chair
Start date: ASAP/September 2022

The current GM is contracted for three days a week, but the Board is open to a discussion about what might be necessary given the BFO’s ambitions.

Gross Starting Salary: by negotiation, given potential time commitment
Office base: from home, travel in the UK (and rarely internationally) will be required for this role and reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed
Contract: this contract is offered on a freelance basis, the incumbent is responsible for their own tax and no employer pension provision is applicable.
Probation: There will be a six-month probation period, during which time one month notice will be required by either party. Following a successful probation, notice period will be three months.

To apply: Please email your CV (max. two pages) and a covering letter (max. two pages), outlining in detail why you are applying for the role and how your skills and experience make you a suitable candidate, to

Closing date: Please submit applications by 5pm on Friday 29 July 2022