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Dear All

I wanted to say a huge thank you to you all for the last five fantastic years.  As you may know I have been appointed Development Director of Future Talent and take up post there in the New Year.  I am excited about my new role but I can hardly believe that I am leaving the OAE.

I feel I have “grown up” as a fundraiser at the OAE.  I came here five years ago with a masters degree and a few lucky gifts raised but it is here that I have leant how to look after donors, to grow someone’s support and most importantly how to hold your breath and hope all goes how you planned.

I leave here with some fantastic musical memories.  The Ian Bostridge Southbank Handel aria concert in 2007 has to be one of my favourite concerts seconded only by the amazing St Matthew Passion at Glyndebourne which I loved.  Battling through a snow storm with the band in Washington DC to a dining club after the Library of Congress concert was probably not my best moment of organisation but it was certainly memorable.  Watching Steve Thomas and Will Norris mimicking the dance in Julius Cesare on the lawn of Glyndebourne will always make me laugh.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Directors of German Bank, Commerzbank, were worried that the weather may dampen spirits at their day out at Glyndebourne as part of their support of the OAE this year.  But, sunshine was in abundance.  They never thought at a swarm of bees may get the better of them.

The day before their trip to the East Sussex Opera House a thousand strong swarm of bees hovered over the grounds.  Luckily two local bee keepers were dispatched to catch the bees before they played havoc with the opera loving crowds.

Our Development Manager, Nicolette Shaw, who accompanied Commerzbank to Glyndebourne said “there were hundreds of bees left around the trees but thankfully there was no sign of the thousands of the day before.  Glyndebourne opera lovers have to deal with sheep, wild turkeys, pheasants picking at picnics and now bees but it’s all part of the summer fun”.

Commerzbank is helping children from King’s Cross schools prepare a project led by the OAE around Don Giovanni at Glyndebourne this year.  Children from the inner city schools will be travelling to Glyndebourne on July 23rd. Beware of the killer bees 😮

September marked the successful launch event of the OAE King’s Cross Business Club.  Our launch event around our Bite Size Baroque concert was followed by a lively talk by Education Manager, Cherry Forbes.  The event proved so popular we needed to open up a second concert and reception to avoid turning people away!

The club recognises that we are now a key member of King’s Cross ever-changing community.  We are providing an opportunity for businesses to meet, exchange ideas and, of course, enjoy some lovely music together.    While we are relatively new to Kings Place, Cherry has been working in local schools here for many years and she is now a well known force in the area.  Recently, Cherry started a series of schools concerts, with the support of King Place.  This means that 2500 children participate alongside the OAE in performance at Kings Place each year – most of these children would never normally experience live classical music or be able to take their musical abilities to the next level.

The Business Club has three tiers:  £5000 Enlightened, £2000 Wise, and  £500 Clued up.  We are delighted to welcome Green and Fortune and Parabola Land as Founder members.  Sign up now!!!!

More on this as it evolves….

Nicolette Shaw, Development Manager Corporate Giving

 

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