Following the appointment of Samir Savant as the new CEO at St George’s Bristol, the London Handel Festival is looking for a new Festival Director to lead the Festival forward in the coming years and to implement and develop our core artistic and charitable objectives:

– to provide opportunities for all members of the community to enjoy Handel’s music and take part in workshops and education work;

– to nurture emerging talent and provide meaningful support for exceptional young musicians, through the Handel Singing Competition and work with conservatoires; and

– to play a major role in the revival of interest in Handel’s music, including his rarely-performed operas and oratorios.

The ideal candidate will have a lively interest in the arts with a passion and talent for reaching younger and more diverse audiences.  We are looking for someone who not only has a track record of delivery of complex creative projects but who also has an open minded and contemporary outlook, with an enthusiasm for collaboration with other art forms and venues.  The successful candidate will be able to connect with and relate to people from all walks of life.  A confident ambassador with flair and conviction, with demonstrable management experience, the Festival Director will be an inspirational leader able to motivate staff, performers, volunteers and trustees.

Full Job Description

A full job description can be downloaded here – London Handel Festival – Festival Director job description

How to apply

To apply or find out more, please send your CV with a succinct covering statement of no more than two pages, outlining your suitability for the role, by email to  

A short list of candidates will be selected for first interview.  The closing date for applications is 5pm, Monday 19 July 2021, and interviews will take place in August.  

We are committed to increasing diversity among our staff, volunteers and all our stakeholders to reflect our society and the communities we both currently serve and wish to reach.