The CBSO is very grateful for the help it receives from a network of volunteers within the community. Perhaps you would like to get more involved with the CBSO's activites, or help others to enjoy the CBSO's music as much as you do?
There are a number of opportunities to volunteer with the CBSO:
CBSO Centre Stewards
The CBSO's rehearsal and administration home, CBSO Centre hosts a varied programme of around 80 public events for all ages every year, and the volunteer stewards play a vital part at these performances. As a steward you benefit from hearing many of these performances from within the hall and being part of a friendly venue team. To find out more or express your interest, please email Niki Longhurst, CBSO Centre Manager, or call her on 0121 616 6532.
Become an Ambassador for
If you have a passion for the CBSO's music, then you can help others to share this joy by becoming an ambassador for CBSO concerts. Life sometimes gets in the way of planning for those things we mean to do, and our ambassadors simply help others to book inspirational concerts into their diaries. Many CBSO ambassadors operate within their workplace, but you can become a CBSO ambassador for any network of people you know. The benefits for groups of 11 or more include (among others) 20% off tickets and 1 free ticket for the organiser. Find out more by contacting Sebastian Huckle, Marketing Officer, or call him on 0121 616 6544.
Feedback from concert-goers who've attended recently with an ambassador.
"Sounds like a great way to spend a evening – count me in"
"What a great idea. We used to have annual subscription and have meant to get back to it."
Youth Chorus Chaperones
The CBSO's four choruses for young people could not operate without the help from the Youth Chorus Chaperones. These volunteers are carefully-screened adults who help the CBSO's Chorus department with responsibilities for the welfare of the young singers at rehearsals and performances. To find out more about chaperoning, please contact Mike Flower, Chorus Manager, or call him on 0121 616 6509.
Spread the word
Some of the CBSO's keenest concert-goers pop into CBSO Centre during the week (9am-6pm), or to the CBSO desk at Symphony Hall on concert nights, and pick up leaflets to distribute within their community. We organise leaflet display through a number of specialist distribution companies, but they can't get everywhere! So if you know somewhere near you where you think CBSO leaflets should be displayed, just come and see us to pick some up.
The CBSO is currently unable to offer Work Experience places in the office due to a re-design of the programme however get a hands on experience of being part of the CBSO by joining one of our projects, joining Young Voices or auditioning for either the Children's Chorus, Youth Chorus or Youth Orchestra. This will give you an experience of being part of creating music for an audience from the start of the rehearsals to the stage alongside some of the worlds greatest musicians. Please get in touch with us if you'd like any advice about what might work for you firstname.lastname@example.org.
For over 18's please look out for details of our internship opportunities.