London Handel Festival - Vacancies

Creative Learning and Participation: Producer – Vacancy


Founded in 1976 the London Handel Festival (LHF) is an annual world class festival celebrating the music of George Frederic Handel, his life in London and his enduring legacy worldwide.

The Festival is entering an exciting new chapter of its history with a refreshed vision, new organisation-wide strategy and set of strategic pillars. A recent strategic decision taken by the organisation has led to the inauguration of a year-round creative learning and participation programme that aims to inspire people of all ages and backgrounds through the life and music of Handel. Over the past few years, the Festival has produced a number of pilot projects aimed at reaching schools and young people and providing opportunities both within and outside the main Festival.  A key element of this programme is a growing partnership with Coram to provide drama and music workshops in schools.  Other recent projects have included a ‘schools showcase’ event within the Festival as well as our first ever Handel song writing academy.  Last year we launched the first Schools’ version of our long-standing adult ‘Come and Sing’ and we want to develop our hybrid live/digital format with youth choirs following the success of ‘Messiah Reimagined’ during lockdown.

Having put key building blocks in place, we are constructing an ambitious 5-year programme with three key goals:

– to reach a minimum of 3,000 children/young people from low income and under-represented groups in London

– nurture the aspirations of talented young musicians

– provide opportunities for communities closely associated with Handel’s life e.g. visually impaired and immigrant communities.   

The London Handel Festival is seeking an enthusiastic, driven and creative individual to work with our small team to develop our creative learning and participation programme.

Role overview and key responsibilities:

Oversee the development and delivery of the London Handel Festival’s Creative Learning and Participation programme and activities as agreed in the recent organisation-wide strategy.

. Develop existing partnerships and establish new partnerships to help respond to needs and reach target communities.

. Continue to grow links with higher education establishments such as universities and music colleges.

. Plan and produce new pilot programmes that are identified to meet needs and make an impact.

. Oversee the delivery and development of existing projects .

. Explore the potential for a weekly amateur musical group that can be run by the Festival.

Work with the Head of Development to devise a fundraising strategy to secure resources for the programme and to contribute to grant applications, fundraising events and building relationships with funders.

Personal Specification


. Passionate about the power of music to transform lives

. Experience of working with schools, local authorities and music hubs

. Experience of working with young people

. Experience of delivering and developing learning and participation programmes

. Understanding of safeguarding and wellbeing when working with children, young people and vulnerable adults

. Organised and self-motivated

. Ability to work and be adaptable within a small and ambitious team

. Positive and creative thinking

. Experience of fundraising for Learning and Participation


. A working understanding of the Baroque period and the music of Handel

. An arts or education degree or qualified through experience

. Experience of evaluating the impact of Learning and Participation

. Experience of working in partnership with other organisations

. Good knowledge of social media

Remuneration / Contract

Contract length: This is an initial fixed 6-month self-employed contract working an agreed 1.5 days a week. After this period there will be a full review of the post with the possibly to extend.   

Start Date:  Successful candidates should have capacity to start work no later than March 1st 2024.

Remuneration: £36,413 pro rata (£140.00 a day). LHF will support additional expenses as and when travel is required.  Any additional work for the Festival with this role will be negotiated separately and overtime required must be agreed in advance.

The Creative Learning and Participation Producer will be managed by the Festival Director and work closely with the Head of Development and Marketing and Communications Manager and the trustee overseeing this aspect of our work.  We acknowledge that this will likely be within a portfolio of work and therefore will require the Creative Learning and Participation Producer to manage their time accordingly but also to make themselves available for regular team meetings as and when required.

How To apply?

Please send your CV and cover letter to Andrea Lee by February 15th

Interviews will take place online w/c February 19th

Please feel free contact Festival Director, Gregory Batsleer ( to discuss the post.