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This week, we speak to William Norris in the OAE office…
I’m the Communications Director. At a basic level it’s my job to make sure that we maximise ticket sales for our concerts in London. But really it’s about a lot more than this – looking after the ‘brand’ of the orchestra, enhancing the audiences experience, attracting different kinds of audience, and thinking about the orchestras public profile and press coverage.
What does your typical day involve?
There’s no typical day which is one of the reasons I enjoy my job. But an average day might include preparing sales figures, coordinating mailings, working with our designer, booking adverts, trying to avoid sales calls, writing copy, working on our social networking sites, commissioning programme notes, and adding to the large piles of paper which cover my desk.
Which mobile number do you call the most?
I think you’re supposed to say your partners/children’s but since I have neither no one number springs to mind…These question are getting very personal suddenly! I quite often call my own so I can find my phone…
What – or where – is perfection?
I’m not sure there is such a thing. A glass of wine outside on a balmy summers evening comes pretty close though.
Who is your favourite hero from fiction (book/comic/film/opera) – and why?
I’m really not sure I have one. I usually like the underdog. Like the cute but rather hapless aliens in Toy Story. Read the rest of this entry »