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‘Catherine Arlidge is not only one of our most inspiring, valued and unstinting musicians but also one of our strongest and most idealistic personalities’ – Sir Simon Rattle

Catherine combines a career as Sub Principal Second Violin with the CBSO with the role of Artistic and Educational Director of the National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain. First and foremost a violinist, she has a busy performance schedule, alongside which she has responsibilities for curriculum, programming and artistic collaborations at NCO. Passionate about connecting new young audiences to classical music, she also creates and presents concerts for Families and Schools for orchestras across the UK.

In January 2014 Catherine became the first violinist – and only the third ever recipient – of the Royal Philharmonic Society and the Association of British Orchestras Salomon Prize, a prestigious award celebrating the outstanding contribution of orchestral players to the UK’s musical life.

She is currently Board Member of the Association of British Orchestras and has presented at conferences internationally.

In 2016 Catherine was awarded an MBE in the Queens’s New Years Honours list, for her services to music education in Britain.

Opportunity: Project Assistant

The Stringcredibles are dedicated to improving connections between musicians and audiences.  This year, our new project ‘Power Up!’ will be boosting the performance skills of music teachers and young musicians across the West Midlands.  We’ll be delivering fun and interactive shows in primary schools, and shattering barriers to classical music. 

We’re looking for a Project Assistant who can provide some additional support for our Stringcredible team between June and December 2021.  It’s a part-time opportunity with flexible hours that can be delivered remotely.

This is an entry-level role aimed at offering an introduction to working in arts administration.

If you’re passionate about music engagement and would like some experience of a region-wide project in action, we’d love to hear from you.

Here’s the Job Description.

Applications by CV and cover letter to be received by 5pm on Monday 31st May 2021.
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Interviews will take place via Zoom on Thursday 10th June 2021.

This position is made available thanks to funding from Arts Council England.


A series of short tutorials to support young musicians with their practice and performance


We’re proud to work with Music Mark, the UK association for music education


Book The Stringcredibles to perform in your school! Fun and interactive shows for primaries. We offer workshops too!


Our latest project in development. Helping young musicians to power up their performance skills, in partnership with Music Hubs across the West Midlands and beyond.


Our three-year Arts-Council Funded project working with young musicians, music teachers, Conservatoires and primary schools in partnership with Services for Education, King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls