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The LSO Percussion Ensemble and Ayanna Witter-Johnson rehearsing at LSO St Luke's


The London Symphony Orchestra’s mission is to inspire hearts and minds through world-leading music-making, and we achieve this through the work of our self-governing Orchestra, and a team of staff, working in concerts planning, stage and transport, LSO Discovery, event management, marketing, fundraising, people and finance.


Vacancies in the Staff Team

Frequently Asked Questions

The Application Process

Do you accept speculative applications?

We are unable to accept speculative applications. All vacancies are listed on this webpage, which is updated regularly.

Will my references be contacted if I apply?

We will only contact referees for the successful candidate once an offer of employment has been made.

What information do I need to provide?

The application form has the following categories that you will need to complete:

  • Personal Details
  • Employment History
  • Education History
  • Details of your current or most recent role
  • Supporting statement
  • Referee details
  • Right to work in the UK
Can you help me with my application?

We are unable to assist you with preparing your application.

Equal Opportunities, Diversity and Inclusion

How are applicants shortlisted for interview?

Recruiting managers shortlist candidates with at least one other person to provide a diverse perspective and to reduce the possibility of unconscious bias. During shortlisting, candidates are compared to the requirements in the person specification, not to each other.

I have a disability. Can I request adjustments?

As part of the recruitment process, you can notify us of your disability and any adjustments you may require. We will then be in touch to discuss how we can best assist you.

Why am I asked to complete an Equal Opportunities form?

This form is vital to help ensure we are reaching as diverse a field of candidates as possible. Your Equal Opportunities Form is not seen by the recruiting manager and is separate from your application. Sharing this information helps us to track whether our move towards fairer representation is working. If you would prefer to not fill it in, it makes it harder for us to measure improvement.


How long will my application be kept for?

Applications are kept for a maximum of 6 months. If you would prefer us to not keep your information for this period of time, please email us at and your information will be deleted sooner.


When will I know if I have been selected for an interview?

We appreciate you will need time between being offered an interview and actually attending. We aim to give as much time as possible for preparation, making alternative arrangements etc. The interview dates are usually included in the recruitment pack to help with diary planning.

If you need any support or reasonable adjustments to enable you to attend an interview, please let us know.

If you haven’t heard from us by two weeks after the closing date for the role then you have not been shortlisted.

Who will I meet in the interview?

We will let you know who you’ll be meeting with when you are invited to attend an interview. It is important to have diversity represented on our panels, so we will always ensure that our panels are as diverse as possible. Where second round interviews are held, one of the first-round panel will usually be present. We may vary the arrangements slightly for certain roles if necessary.

What will the structure of the interview be?

Questions will relate to the job description and person specification. You will be asked the same set of questions in the first-round conversation as the other candidates, but there may also be a discussion around these questions to get a better understanding of your personal skills and experiences. There will also be the option for candidate-specific questions if needed. We may vary these arrangements slightly for certain roles if necessary. You will never be asked for personal information, such as race, age, religion, disability, or sexual orientation.

Application Outcome

When will I hear the outcome of my interview?

If you are the successful candidate you will receive a call by the recruiting manager. If you have not been successful you will receive an email as soon as possible after a decision is made. Your referees will not be consulted until you have confirmed you have accepted the offer and have let us know you are happy for us to make contact.

Work Experience

Do you offer work experience?

We are currently unable to offer work experience.

Where can I find out more about careers in music?

Below are excellent websites that can help give you a better understanding of different roles available in music:

If you have a query which is not covered above, please email us at

As an equal opportunities employer, the LSO is committed to the equal treatment of all current and prospective employees and does not condone discrimination on the basis of age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, gender identity, or marriage and civil partnership.

We aspire to have a diverse and inclusive workplace and strongly encourage suitably qualified applicants from a wide range of backgrounds to apply and join the LSO.

The LSO is a Disability Confident Committed employer.

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