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International Musicians Seminar

Internship Programme 2017

Volunteer Work Placement 2017

The International Musicians Seminar has become, over the last 45 years, a renowned centre of musical idealism. Sándor Végh, the great Hungarian violinist, founded IMS in 1972, believing the remote location on the Atlantic coast in Cornwall to be charged with energy which could inspire and reinvigorate musicians. Steven Isserlis became the Artistic Director in 1996 and IMS has continued to flourish and grow. The spring Masterclasses bring together world-famous musicians, who come and teach outstanding young musicians on the brink of their professional careers in the unique and inspiring environment that IMS provides. The autumn Open Chamber Music seminar brings together many of the finest musicians from across the globe to explore the rich legacy of chamber music. Putting on 16 concerts a year in West Cornwall, IMS has become an integral part of the musical life of the region. An annual tour and fundraising events in the London area bring the work of IMS to a wider audience.

We are looking for someone to join our London team. The placement will run ideally from April 2017 to October 2017 and offers the chance to gain experience of both the organisation leading up to and hands-on running of the seminars in Cornwall. There will also be the opportunity to help with preparation and management of the national concert tour, which takes place every year in early October, culminating at London's Wigmore Hall. As part of a small team, you will get to see all aspects of running a seminar and concert series, from liaising with the Artistic Director to working with local suppliers and volunteers.

The placement will offer experience in the following areas:

  • General office administration.
  • Communicating with seminar participants
  • Production of print materials such as promotional leaflets and concert programmes.
  • Developing and assisting with the organisation’s social media presence.
  • Website maintenance.
  • Updating the library catalogue and ordering new works.
  • Inputting information into databases and making sure mailing lists are up to date.
  • Day to day running of the seminars.
  • Concert management.

Person specification:

  • An interest in and knowledge of classical music (a music degree is not necessary).
  • Friendly and able to speak to artists, sponsors or volunteers with different needs.
  • Initiative and energy.
  • Willingness to take on a variety of tasks with varying degrees of responsibility.
  • An interest in pursuing a career in arts management.

This is a part time placement with one day a week in the London office (or equivalent – working hours are flexible). The Masterclass seminar takes place in Cornwall, and you would be asked to be in residence for at least two weeks of each seminar (travel, accommodation and board are provided). The Spring Masterclasses will run from 30 March to 26 April 2017 inclusive. The September Open Chamber Music seminar and tour will run from 8 September to 5 October inclusive. 

It is an unpaid, voluntary position with an allowance for food and travel within London.

Please send your CV and covering letter to:
Rosie Yeatman, Administrator
IMS Prussia Cove,
Unit 2, The Cottage,
Old Paradise Yard,
20 Carlisle Lane,
London SE1 7LG

For further information please contact Rosie Yeatman:
rosie@i-m-s.org.uk / 020 7620 4449