This week, we speak to Ingrid van Boheemen in the OAE office about her time with the Orchestra (she’s leaving us this week :()

IngridWhat’s your role in the OAE office?

The Intern (or The Office-Wide Resource)

What does your typical day involve?

Answering the phone, sending emails, updating the database, drafting schedules/contracts and pretty much seeing how everything works and helping out with everything!

Which mobile number do you call the most?

The musicians’….asking for E101 forms, sorry about that.

What – or where – is perfection?

Drinking riesling and eating fries at the Viaduct Harbour in Auckland after a day at the beach.

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

I really don’t have one, despite thinking about this for a very long time.

Which living person do you most admire (and why)?

Maybe Stephen Fry, because he has managed to be a celebrity AND an intellectual…not to mention dealing with mental illness, quitting smoking and losing weight. (this may also be influenced by how much I like Jeeves and Wooster!)

What other talent or skill would you like to possess?

I’d be pretty happy if I could play jazz piano.

What do you fear the most?

Spiders, by far.

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?

‘Just get on with it’, there’s a lot to be said be being utterly terrified of something and doing it anyway.

What was the first album you ever bought?

I think it was ENZSO, a collaboration between Split Enz and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

What is the most played piece of music on your MP3 player or in your CD collection?

I have no idea as my taste in music is rather nomadic, but it’s probably something classic like the Beatles.

Which OAE concert are you most looking forward to in 2010-2011?

The Beethoven Symphony 7 concert at the QEH, as I’ve never heard it on period instruments and it’s amazing!

What’s been the highlight of your time at OAE?

Musically – watching Kati’s Tour of Italy project in rehearsal and in concert.

Administratively – getting the orchestra to Keswick, Sheffield and back in the “greenist” way possible (hopefully!)

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