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Natasha Riordan-EvaI’m Natasha, half of the new Communications Intern duo (my partner in crime being Darren Charlton, the Thursday-Friday man. We’re still looking for a good Jedward style name so have a look at suggestions on the previous blog and start thinking up your own ingenious ideas). I graduated in July from Bristol University so this is my first venture into the working world, away from the comforts of a student loan and 2pm starts. I worked as an OAE student rep during my second and third years and was eager to continue with the orchestra as not only are they the best in the business, but two years of free tickets, badges, beer mats and one personally signed Christmas card from the Communications team won’t repay themselves. Read the rest of this entry »

This week, we chat to Georgina Cooksley about life as an intern with the OAE…

GeorginaWhat’s your role in the OAE office?

I’m the graduate intern so I get to be involved in all parts of the OAE. Mainly I work with the Projects team organizing and planning concerts but I also liaise with the Communications and Development teams and help the Education team with string club (although I can’t actually play the violin…yet.)

What does your typical day involve?

No two days have been the same here and there’s always a new challenge. One morning I had to dash to the Barbican to deliver Sir Simon Rattle his Tristan and Isolde music and another I’m backstage at the QEH catching Nick Logie with the chocolates or giving out flowers on stage. Most days I’m in the office talking to the players’ on the phone, helping Megan with US visas and E101s, drinking coffee, fixing the photocopier and anything that pops up.

Which mobile number do you call the most?

I text message rather than call people, so the number I probably text the most is my friend Amanda. My mum would be a close second and it’s normally for cooking or cleaning advice.

What – or where – is perfection?

Lying on a beach with your feet buried in the sand, listening to the waves roll along the sand.

What’s your favourite ritual?

Oh dear, this is going to sound bad but I would have to say ‘Friday night wine.’ It’s more about celebrating the end of the week and having a chat and a giggle with your friends over wine. It’s especially good if it’s a New Zealand wine. Read the rest of this entry »

For the last four weeks I’ve been in the OAE office working as the Communications Intern – and those four weeks have flown by! I’ve had a great time, mainly working in the Communications department, but I’ve tried to get an experience of how the orchestra works by going to as many events and meetings as possible.

The highlight of the four weeks for me was definitely the CPE Bach concert last Thursday, but everything about my time here has been enjoyable – especially meeting the players and members of the audience at events, but also the gossips over lunch, or a cheeky Nando’s, or the “PFA” (Projects Food Area – where all the biscuits and cake end up!)

I’ll be going back to Cardiff next week, as on Tuesday I go back to lectures for my Masters in Arts Management. However, I will be coming back up in May and June for the next Night Shifts – from what I’ve heard, they seem to be amazing events and I can’t wait to go to one, especially as I’m looking forward to having a boogie with some of the guys from the office – apparently, their dance moves are legendary.

I’ve learnt a lot about the orchestra, and about marketing in general, in my time here – but more importantly, I’ve had a fantastic time, made some wonderful friends, and gone to some amazing concerts for free!

David Hopkins, Communications Intern

I am writing this on my final day here at the OAE. Firstly I should just explain the title ….on my second day here I got to accompany Megan to Glyndebourne to see Don Giovanni conducted by Vlad, and tonight on my last day is the fantastic concert in the RFH of Wagner, Liszt and Mahler again conducted by Vlad.

I have enjoyed my time here immensely, I was applying to the internship to find out all about ‘orchestra managing’, but have come away with knowledge about stage management, touring, visas, franking machines, rehearsals, lit stands, technical riders, Donor strategy, fixing, programming, recording, marketing, press interviews, the BBC, printing labels, playing the violin, making teas, folding music stands, running rehearsals, ordering bouquets, eating chocolates, evacuating Kings Place, and most of all un-jamming the photocopier. Read the rest of this entry »

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. Read the rest of this entry »

One of my tasks as the OAE intern, is to coordinate the application process for finding a new intern (sob!) If you, or anyone you know would be interested in applying please have a look on our website for all the details and information on applying. http://www.oae.co.uk/standard.asp?ID=48

Its such a fantastic opportunity and I can highly recommend the experience as a brilliant way to find out all about working in an arts organisation as well as clocking up valuable experience as you go. In just 3 months I have got to attend concerts, rehearsals, recording sessions, learnt about marketing, education and development and seen how to make an orchestra run smoothly first-hand, not to mention meeting all the incredible musicians!

The internship is really a diverse and special experience within such a diverse and special orchestra, so I really encourage you to spread the word!

Ingrid Van Boheemen, Graduate Intern

I can’t say I expected to have been to 3 such brilliant concerts within my first month as the OAE intern. The highlight of my first week here was trotting off to Glyndebourne to see how everything works backstage from the orchestra’s point of view. I had duly prepared myself by watching the recent BBC series about Gareth Malone putting together a youth choir for the Knight Crew opera, so I at least had an idea what it was all about. I had heard of Glin-de-born back in New Zealand (I purposely waited in my intern interview for Ceri and Megan to say it first) and knew it as one of the top opera places in the world, but didn’t realise it was in the country-side and in such a beautiful setting. Fortunately I was ushered into a free seat behind a tv camera about 10 seconds before it began and was able to watch the show. Read the rest of this entry »

This Friday we’re going to be very sad to be waving goodbye to our intern Jo, who has been with us for the past year. Jo has mainly been working with the Projects team, but has also helped out with all the other departments too – helping out at String Club, helping the marketing team at Freshers Fairs and getting stuck in at fundraising events.  We’ll be reall sorry to see her go as she’s been completely brilliant. For the recent players newsletter she wrote a ’10 ten things I have learnt’, and here they are:

  1. Like every good boy scout, always be prepared – whether it’s with a schedule so you can answer players questions, or a map so you know where you’re going
  2. You will be sent all over London running errands, but your local geography and knowledge of the underground will improve greatly as a result
  3. It is always useful to be able to wrap a bottle of wine beautifully (a skill I never quite acquired)
  4. It really is far more interesting to watch the canal wildlife than it is to do your work
  5. Always take the opportunity to go to Development events hosted by supporters of the orchestra – their houses are beautiful!
  6. Never yawn when sitting at the front of an ABO meeting, you will get caught
  7. Keep some spare make up in your bag on Southbank Centre concert days, you never know if you might be needed to present flowers on stage
  8. You will never stop feeling star struck by all of the amazing people you meet, like Sir Mark Elder and Sir Charles Mackerras
  9. It hurts a lot if you drop a timpani on your shin
  10. Enjoy every second, because it will be over before you know it!

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