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Street Orchestra Live is a small charity but we occasionally have opportunities for freelancers and trustees.


Through Board retirement we are looking to recruit a new trustee and a Secretary. Following a skills audit we would particularly welcome trustee applications from individuals with experience in the following area:

Fundraising and Philanthropy – Individuals who have experience in applying for funding from a variety of sources and working with individual donors.

Full details for this position: download PDF of role details | Closing date: 20 August 2021

If you have any questions or to arrange an informal chat about this role please email Flo Ambrose:


There are no current vacancies.

Project & Tour Work

There are no current vacancies.

Management: there are no current vacancies

Project & Tour Work:
there are no current vacancies.

Trustees: there are no positions on our Board at present. However, if you are interested in becoming a trustee in the future, please send a prospective email to us and we’ll keep you on file:

Project & Tour Work: Project Manager (funding)

About Us

Street Orchestra Live (SOL) exists to take orchestral music out of the concert hall and into the community. We believe access to live music is a vital and enriching part of life and everyone has an equal right to its benefits. We visit open access spaces such as shopping centres, parks and hospitals, and closed spaces like nursing homes, prisons and schools.

About the Project

This 4-month project will involve:

– assisting with the evaluation of SOL’s “Ravi Shankar 101” project (May 14-16 2021)
– developing a fundraising implementation plan from SOL’s new development strategy
– begin the implementation of the fundraising plan to co-ordinate with our next tour (early Sept 2021)
– lead an audit of our social media use/digital offer and report recommendations to the board
– participate in the completion of the new 3-year business plan

For this work to be successful you’ll also spend time with members of the management team to learn about our values and ambitions, our previous work and understand our finances.

Initial funding for this role is for 4 months at 1 day per week. For the right candidate this could be an ongoing engagement and a chance for them to expand the role and create the post of General Manager (subject to securing ongoing funding).

Candidate Skills & Experience

The ideal candidate will have at least 2 years’ experience working at management level in an arts charity or CIO. They will have a track record in successful financial management, evaluation of projects and be up-to-date with ACE’s ‘Let’s Create’ strategy and related ‘Delivery Plan 2021-24’. An active interest in strategic positioning and brand-building is also desirable, especially on social media. SOL does not have an office but meets regularly online and most often after office hours, as such working from home and flexibility are essential. Our remit is England-wide and applicants are encouraged from areas of the country under-served by the arts as this aligns with our mission.


Ensuring that the diversity of our team reflects the diversity of the communities within which we operate is a key part of this, so we’re particularly keen to hear from people from a culturally diverse background (including Black, Asian, Dual Heritage and other ethnic groups) and from d/Deaf people, and those who identify as disabled.

Next Step

If you have the skills and experience and are able to start within the next two weeks, then please email Gijs Kramers with your CV and a short covering letter joining the dots between you and our mission. Please email:


Hosting Street Orchestra Live 

For socially-focused organisations and charities Street Orchestra Live can visit you for a nominal contribution to our running costs as part of a subsidised tour. Unfortunately we only tour for a very limited number of days per year, and we can’t make any promises in advance of tour funding being confirmed. But if your organisation works in education, health, criminal justice or with marginalised groups of adults or young people, then we’d love to hear from you. Drop us a line and we’ll hold you in mind for the future. 

Please email:

If we are able to visit your community group or organisation, we don’t require anything other than a suitable place to play and an audience. Click below for our most recent info sheet for hosts and venues.

1. About SOL
Our mission is to take orchestral music to everyone, anywhere. The 40 players are aged 18-30 and the music we play aims to captivate as wide an audience as possible, with styles ranging from classical, big-band and folk-influenced music. We also arrange and perform contemporary pop/R&B/hip-hop music to catch the ears of younger audiences. The orchestra was founded in 2016 and is committed to at least two week-long tour per year, along with ad hoc smaller projects.

2. About SOL performances
SOL performances usually last 40-45 minutes. Presentation is informal and a member of the group introduces each item. Pieces for each performance are matched to the audience, e.g. for a children’s concert shorter pieces would be chosen over longer ones. If anyone wants to get up and dance while we play, they’re very welcome!

3. Performance requirements
For performances we require a clear, dry space of c.8m wide x 6m deep, plus appropriate room for the audience to be comfortable (either sitting or standing), indoors or outdoors is fine. If performing outside, a wet-weather contingency should be in place.

The orchestra is entirely self-sufficient and aims to set up/pack down in c.10mins. The group plays standing and we don’t require music stands or chairs or power. We travel in a 49-seater coach and request a reserved space where available, or advice on drop-off/nearby parking.

4. About the 2019 Summer Tour
The tour will take place between Wednesday 10 July and Sunday 14 July 2019 and will cover the Colchester area. Our very special soloist for the tour will be English National Opera star, soprano Nadine Benjamin ( The repertoire for this tour has the theme of “space & discovery” (more details to follow).

5. Contacts
Performances & logistics: Craig White /
Press: Hannah Fiddy /

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