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This week in the OAE office, Lisa (Finance Director) has treated us all to some yummy Ginger Chocolate Tartlets:

Lisa ginger choc tartlets

Once we’ve posted all our creations to the blog (the competition finishes at the end of November), we’ll be holding a vote in the office to decide the winner of our bake off.  We may ask for your opinion too…

This week, we speak to Natasha Stehr in the OAE office…

What’s your role in the OAE office?Tasha

Marketing and Press Officer

What does your typical day involve?

I usually start my day looking through the previous day’s papers, then check my work emails.  The rest of the day comprises of: updating our social networking sites and website, preparing programmes for the new season, compiling articles for our various newsletters/blog, updating our mailing list/database, writing and sending press releases, researching new media and community websites, talking to our student reps and finding new ways to attract a younger audience to our events.  Over the next two months, I’ll be going to all the London uni freshers fayres to promote our student scheme- time consuming but a lot of fun, plus I get to pick up a lot of freebies!

Which mobile number do you call the most?

Either home or my boyfriend’s mobile. Read the rest of this entry »

A few months ago I was asked by Jon Jacob at the BBC to contribute to a video for the Proms website, which would explore approaches to getting people to come to and try out classical music. Jon also came along to one of our Night Shift performances to get some footage. A couple of weeks ago the video, which features contributions from other orchestral marketers and critic Tom Service, was released. The video explores what the ‘barriers’ are to people coming to concerts – i.e. what is stopping them from coming, and what we can do to encourage them. I have to say I found it very odd watching myself on the video, I was totally unaware of all sorts of mannerism and habits when I speak!

Anyway, here’s the vid. You might also be interested to know that Job Jacob writes a throughly good blog

William Norris, Marketing Director

In case you were wondering what us OAE office staff like to listen to, here is a list of our current top tunes.  You can listen to the playlist via the Spotify link below.. Enjoy!

  • Dance Me Love by Silje Nergaard
  • How Happy The Lover.. (King Arthur) by Purcell
  • We No Speak Americano by Yolanda Be Cool, DCUP
  • Symphony NO.7, Second Movement by Beethoven
  • You’ve Got The Love by Florence and the Machine
  • Curtain Tune (Timon Of Athens) by Purcell
  • Pneumonia by Björk
  • Neon (Live at the Nokia Theatre) by John Mayer
  • I Need Air by Magnetic Man
  • My Declaration by Tom Baxter
  • Domine Ad Adiuvandum Me Festina (1610 Vespers) by Monteverdi

Listen to the entire Playlist here on Spotify: OAE office playlist Sep 2010

A few weeks ago, we were having a chat about food (a daily occurrence in the  office) and that we always have far too much junk food lying around tempting people.

So, we decided to hold a baking competition, similar to the BBC’s Bake Off programme on at the moment (although I reckon that many of the bakers here in the office are much better at cooking than the people on TV!)

Each week, a member of the office team will be cooking up a delicious homemade treat, whether it’s sweet, savoury or just plain weird, as long as it/they are edible.

French apple tartI was first to bake and decided to go for a French Apple Tart, as I’ve recently discovered how to make pastry fairly well (although my first attempt was a bit of disaster- crumbly and undercooked) and I’d just picked a load of Bramley apples from a relative’s tree. Read the rest of this entry »

This week, continuing our quick questions with the OAE office team, we speak to Natalie Chivers…

What’s your role in the OAE office?Natalie

Education Projects Manager

What does your typical day involve?

Hard question for me! I never know. It could be working at my computer booking players and evaluating or jumping around a school hall with children performing something from an opera or talking to a string club parent about their child’s progress. My job is a big mixture of different things so there’s never a typical day.

Which mobile number do you call the most?

Joe’s, my boyfriend. Even though I’ve just moved in with him (gush) I still seem to ring him the most.

What – or where – is perfection?

A bath and freshly cleaned sheets followed by a lie-in. Simple pleasures.

Who is your favourite hero from fiction (book/comic/film/opera) – and why?

I’m really stuck on this question but one of my favourite characters is Jeff ‘The Dude’ from the Big Lebowski. He’s definitely not a hero but he is very funny and horizontally breezes through life. I’d be like that if I could. Read the rest of this entry »

In exactly 1 months time, we’ll be kicking off our three day festival Remix, a collaboration with London Sinfonietta.

The festival explores the ideas of remixing, reinventing and recycling into a series of concerts, talks, film screenings and aftershows to be held at Kings Place, London from 14th October- 16th October.

As both orchestras wanted an edgy, fresh approach to our joint campaign for these concerts, we decided to work with Islington-based designers, Research Studios.

Here’s what they came up with (bright eh?):

You can find out more about the Remix festival here.

It’s that time of year again, after the long sunny weeks of summer, where students must return to the daily grind of freshers balls, socials, parties and the annual freshers fayre. (By the way, does any one know why they still use the old fashioned spelling for fair?)

Anyway…every year the OAE venture out to various unis in London, where we promote our Attitude student scheme (concert tickets for £4!) by encouraging students to sign up to our free mailing list, as well as giving out flyers and free exciting stuff like badges, posters and sweets. Read the rest of this entry »

Over the next few months, we’ll be speaking to the OAE office team to find out a bit more about what everyone does (some people don’t realise how much work goes on behind the scenes of an orchestra!) and what makes them tick.

First to answer the quick fire questions is Clare Norburn…

What’s your role in the OAE office?Clare Norburn

I’m the Development Manager – Trusts and Foundations at the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (You need a good intake of air to say that.)  I work part-time (3 days a week).

What does your typical day involve?

Most people think my job is probably one of the most boring in the office.  I disagree.  I’m actually a kind of matchmaker.  It is true that writing looms large in my typical day – I spend a huge proportion of my time writing to persuade people to give the Orchestra money.  Once that has been achieved, there is more writing to be done – I need to provide reports to demonstrate the good use we have put their money to.   I also spend a lot of time reading guidelines, researching who funds what and putting together budgets.

Above all, my job is like a big jigsaw puzzle – I have to tie up projects which need funding with funders interests.  I seek the perfect funder for the perfect project.  It’s sort of like match-making.  I need to pitch the application right too – I need to research how much they likely to give us and what timescale they work to – usually I need to apply at least 3 or 4 months before I will hear the outcome – so I have to be organised.    I also need details and feedback to make the case about why the project needs funding and the impact that it has had – so I also spend my time boring the other departments, Projects, Marketing and particularly Education with hundreds of questions that they don’t yet want to think about.    Read the rest of this entry »

zen photoMy first exposure to the OAE was at the last Nightshift at Wilton’s Music Hall, and it was a totally awesome introduction to the orchestra!  I was set the exciting task of capturing footage from the performance and recording vox pops of members of the audience and orchestra and editing it down to a short video clip.  Extra exciting for me in that I had recently become a big Purcell fan, but I was a little worried that I would become too absorbed by the performance and not be able to concentrate on the filming!

The show was indeed great, (although I kinda wish I could go back in time and enjoy it again without the camera..) with a very relaxed atmosphere but I found it amazing that even though the audience was given free reign to talk, make noise and come in and out at will, everyone seemed to be completely entranced by the performance and stayed very quiet throughout.  In fact at one point a member of the audience angrily and very loudly shouted ‘Shut up!’ to someone who was chatting – unfortunately,  leader of the orchestra Matthew Truscott who was talking on stage at the time thought he was referring to him!  The chats onstage in between pieces were insightful and funny and I think created the perfect mood for the event.

After the encore (Purcell’s ‘Curtain Tune on a Ground’ from Timon of Athens – which has since become a favourite song of mine) I grabbed the tripod and raced down to catch audience feedback and get those vox pops I needed.  My apprehension in obtaining willing participants was unfounded; pretty much every audience member I approached was gushing with praise for the concert/gig and in no time at all I had more than enough vox pop fodder for the video.  You can see the resulting video clip below, hope you enjoy it!  (sorry about audio quality.. we are purchasing new equipment to solve that)

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