Regular readers of our blog may wonder why we have gone a bit quiet of late. Well, that’s partly because the Orchestra does indeed have a quiet patch in its usually hectic diary. We’re not actually a full-time Orchestra so there is some down time sometimes. However, while we have been quiet performance-wise the office has been a hive of activity. Our Education Department has been busy organising ‘string-club’ sessions and a series of forthcoming schools concerts, over in Marketing we’ve been putting our first week of performances at Kings Place on sale, producing the brochure for it and arranging mailings etc, and the Projects team have been beavering away working out travel arrangement for forthcoming tours, finalising rehearsal schedules and administering the launch of the second year of our Melgaard Young Conductor Scheme. In the Development team there has been lots of activity around a special reception we are having at the Austrian Embassy to mark our Haydn series, our Finance department has been involved in the joyous activity of the yearly audit and finally our Chief Executive Stephen Carpenter has been (amongst many other things!) putting the final touches together for the 2009-2010 season as well as starting to put things in place for the 2010-2011 season. Phew!

This week is the yearly conference of the Association of British Orchestras (ABO) and many of the office are off to Cardiff to attend it. We’ll post some thoughts about what we have learnt after the conference, although I have to admit what I am most looking forward to is a performance by Welsh National Opera of Salome. Now there’s something the OAE is unlikely ever to perform!

William Norris, Marketing Director

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